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At BMW, sustainable mobility starts before the vehicle first touches the road – with considered use of materials and energy-saving production processes. In all vehicles and also of course in the BMW ActiveE.

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In 2010, the BMW Group was delighted to be named as the automobile company with the best sustainability performance in the world for the sixth time in succession. The title, awarded within the scope of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, not only considers our successes in terms of optimised emission values on the vehicles themselves. Development and production also play a great role.

Here are two examples: At the BMW plant in Steyr (Austria) production has been taking place completely without wastewater since 2007. The water used is treated so that it can be used again for production. And in the process known as “Design for Recycling”, only those materials are selected that put little strain on resources and which are ideally suited to recycling at a later stage.

The BMW plant in Leipzig, in which the BMW ActiveE is produced is also setting benchmarks. Here thermal wheels recover up to 80 per cent of the process heat, and outdoor areas are not maintained by lawnmowers but by sheep, with 36 different species of birds to keep them company.

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