World Environment Day: BMW commits to 100% green electricity at Chennai plant

  • Through a host of initiatives, BMW Group aims for a green and sustainable way of producing vehicles.
Through a host of initiatives, BMW Group aims for a green and sustainable way of producing vehicles.
Through a host of initiatives, BMW Group aims for a green and sustainable way of producing vehicles.

BMW India has committed to convert itsChennai plant to 100% green electricity by end of the year. The company issued a statement saying it has launched new initiatives for water conservation as well given that the city faces water crisis issue.

Presently, the 7.7-acre sprawling BMW Chennai plant takes care of upto 40% of its electricity requirements through a 1350 kW Solar Photovoltaic system. The company claims upto 50% savings have been achieved in light usage through LED lights installation. Besides this, fresh air fans have been replaced by energy efficient high-volume low-speed (HVLS) fans, saving 30% electricity in the ventilation system.

Also check these Vehicles

Find more Cars
Bmw X4 (HT Auto photo)
Engine Icon2998 cc FuelType IconPetrol
₹ 96.20 Lakhs
Bmw M3 (HT Auto photo)
Engine Icon2998 cc FuelType IconPetrol
₹ 65 Lakhs
Alert Me When Launched
Bmw I7 (HT Auto photo)
BatteryCapacity Icon101.7kWh Range Icon625 km
₹ 1.95 - 2.50 Cr
View Offers
Bmw Xm (HT Auto photo)
Engine Icon4395.0 cc FuelType IconMultiple
₹ 2.60 Cr
View Offers
Bmw X5 (HT Auto photo)
Engine Icon2998 cc FuelType IconMultiple
₹93.90 Lakhs - 1.07 Cr
View Offers
Bmw Ix (HT Auto photo)
BatteryCapacity Icon76.6 kWh Range Icon425 km
₹ 1.16 Cr
View Offers

Besides committing to 100% green electricity, the company is also working on long-term solutions to minimise use of regular water resources. The Chennai plant has rainwater harvesting ponds at two locations with a total capacity of 14,25,000 litres. Tanks have been installed across the site to collect rainwater for this purpose. More than 3,40,000 litres of rainwater has been collected so far and utilised for water leak test and other requirements.

Also Read : On World Environment Day, Maruti commissions its 2nd solar power plant

The process water used in production is fully recycled at the plant’s treatment facility and fed back into the process. Water used for cleaning is also treated and reused in gardening and landscaping. Sensor-based taps installed across the plant save upto 8% water. In combination, these three pillars have helped reduce water consumption by more than 45%. A new Rainwater Harvesting Project implemented at the beginning of 2020 stores upto 2,000 kilolitres and caters to upto 40% of plant’s requirements.

Thomas Dose, Managing Director, BMW Group Plant Chennai said, “For BMW Group Plant Chennai, the term ‘sustainable production’ means investing in our future. Since 2007, our plant has consistently reduced its consumption of non-renewable resources through modern technology, stringent processes and efficiency. This commitment is integrated through clear actions in our business model as well as production processes and has helped us in significantly reducing our footprint. We know the challenges and are rising to meet them by continuously setting higher goals. For BMW Group Plant Chennai, this is the key to a green future."

Among other green initiatives, the company has set up two green belts that it claims would lead to annual C02 savings of 4,000 tons. To reduce carbon footprint, the company is also producing vehicles in a way that their components can largely be reused or recycled.

First Published Date: 05 Jun 2020, 15:27 PM IST

Check Latest Offers

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city

Want to get the best price for your existing car?

Powered by: Spinny Logo
By clicking "View Offers" you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy
Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city
Couldn't verify the OTP.
It's either expired or it's incorrect.