USE OF SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS.
FSC certified wood.
The BMW Group works together closely with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and is actively committed to responsible and sustainable forestry by adhering to the strict standards. The decorative trim of the instrument panel in the BMW i3, for instance, is made of FSC-certified eucalyptus wood.
Kenaf is a plant from the hibiscus family with fibres that are put to a wide range of commercial uses. The interior of the BMW i3 comprises 30% kenaf and consequently sets standards within automobile production for the sustainable deployment of resources.
Natural rubber is a material used for the production of tyres and – like all the other materials in our vehicles as well – is one for which the BMW Group assumes responsibility. Along with representatives of social institutions and natural rubber processing, we founded the independent Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) in 2019. The objective is to structure the entire value added chain of natural rubber so that it is demonstrably sustainable.
The recycling of primary materials represents an important measure of holistic sustainability within the BMW Group. A good example of recycled materials meeting our premium standard in terms of their quality is the use of Econyl. It is nylon yarn that is extracted from nylon waste in a special process and is used, for example, in the production of carpets. We already use Econyl in the upper layer of floor coverings as well as in the floor mats of the BMW iX.
Alongside steel, aluminium is the most important resource for production within the BMW Group. A correspondingly high value is attached to the entire value added chain in terms of efficiency relating to resources and energy. As a founding member of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), the BMW Group actively engages in a certification programme, for example, which establishes and promotes the adherence to sustainable standards among raw material suppliers. Furthermore, today we are already using up to 50% secondary aluminium in selected components.