BMW will begin sourcing aluminum produced using solar energy
From now on, the BMW Group will begin sourcing aluminum produced using electricity generated from solar energy. Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) is to supply BMW with 43,000 tons in 2021. The "green" electricity for the aluminum smelter comes from a desert solar park near Dubai. The aluminium produced using solar power is processed in the light metal foundry at BMW Group Plant Landshut to manufacture body and drive train components, including those needed for electric drive trains, for instance.
For BMW, this is an important milestone on the way to the company's goal of reducing CO2 emissions in its supplier network by 20%. "We will be able to meet over 50% of our CO2 targets for the supplier network, just by using green power. The use of solar electricity for producing aluminium is a major step in this direction,” said Dr. Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. This is why the BMW Group also plans to purchase aluminum produced with green electricity in the long term, thereby saving approximately 2.5 million tons of CO2 emissions over the next ten years.
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has been supplying primary aluminum to the BMW Group since 2013 and is one of the largest suppliers of casting alloys for the automotive industry worldwide. EGA was the first Middle East-based company to join the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative.
Further information: www.bmwgroup.com
Photo: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (01/2021)