The BMW Group at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban South Africa


The BMW Group at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban (COP 17): Taking local action for a global goal.

  • Sustainable transport for the UN shuttle service at COP17
  • BMW Group will host the BMW Group Sustainable Future Conference at the climate summit
  • BMW Group a partner to the World Climate Summit

Midrand, South Africa. At the Durban climate summit (COP 17, November 28 to December 9), the BMW Group will take part in a variety of activities affirming its commitment, as industry leader in sustainability issues, to the fight against climate change.

In addition to providing vehicles for the official UN shuttle service, the BMW Group will host the BMW Group Sustainable Future Conference which it will put forward the company’s experience in and future plans for tackling climate change both locally and globally. The BMW Group has also committed to providing vehicles for the World Climate Summit and will play a key role in a number of side events scheduled during COP17.

Clean transport at the summit: MINI E and BMW ActiveHybrid participating in the official UN shuttle fleet

As an official vehicle supplier to the COP 17 climate summit, the BMW Group will supply two BMW ActiveHybrid models, fifteen BMW 320d and twenty BMW 530d models with extra-fuel-efficient diesel engines, and ten security vehicles.

In addition, five locally emission-free e-mobility models (one BMW 1 Series ActiveE and four MINI E) will be utilised for special demonstrations during the climate summit. This contribution demonstrates the BMW Group’s wide spectrum of sustainable mobility solutions, from extra-low-emission conventional diesel-fuelled internal combustion engines to locally emission-free electric vehicles.

Substantive contribution – BMW Group brings to the negotiations its specialist expertise in the field of sustainability.

The BMW Group will be actively involved in contributing to the negotiations themselves by participating in intensive substantive discussions.

Bringing to the summit the BMW Group’s specialist expertise in the field of sustainability, company representatives will host the BMW Group Sustainable Future Conference at the impressive Moses Mabhida Stadium on 29 November 2011.

The conference, will demonstrate how the BMW Group is shaping its future – with particular focus on all three aspects of sustainability – economic, environmental and social. Included is a closer look at what the BMW Group has already achieved in terms of sustainability and climate mitigation strategies locally and how the BMW Group’s future initiatives will assist South Africa in meeting its environmental responsibilities.

“Back in 2000, the BMW Group launched the Efficient Dynamics development strategy: Today it delivers measurable benefits for the climate, resources and customers. The CO2 emissions of our European new-vehicle fleet were reduced by more than 30 % between 1995 and 2010 and, in the process, the BMW Group has been named as the World’s Most Sustainable Automobile Company for the past 7 years by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes,” explains Bodo Donauer, Managing Director: BMW South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

“At the same time, the BMW Group has accomplished a great deal outside of EfficientDynamics by implementing sustainable measures throughout the entire value chain. For example, in South Africa, we have almost halved energy usage and emissions at Plant Rosslyn, saving more than R50-million in energy costs since 2006. And we will announce some more major developments in this regard at the BMW Group Sustainable Future Conference. This is what we define as taking local action for a global goal,” he continues.

At the conference, the BMW Group will present the global field trial results of the MINI E program, the world’s largest electric vehicle field trial with real customers.
Delegates will also be able to experience the exciting MINI E in an electro-mobility driving demonstration held within the confines of the Moses Mabhida precinct, a first for the local automotive industry.

BMW Group a partner to the World Climate Summit
The BMW Group will also be the official vehicle supplier to the second annual World Climate Summit, which will provide a platform for business-focussed climate change solutions. The two-day summit supports an active community of global leaders and dealmakers as they develop new business models, broker public-private partnerships, scale projects, transfer technologies, and establish replicable financing mechanisms.

“The BMW Group’s extensive engagements at COP17 and related events to the summit will demonstrate that the BMW Group is pro-actively shaping its future,” concludes Donauer. “Most importantly, it will reaffirm our company’s commitment to implementing the ten principles of the Global Compact of the United Nations at all locations worldwide.”