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March 10, 2022

BMW says it met 2021 EU CO2 targets

BMW says it ‘overfulfilled’ its European CO2 emissions targets in 2021.

By David Leggett

BMW Group has said it significantly overfulfilled its European CO2 emissions targets in 2021, thus avoiding any EU Commission penalties.

With emissions of around 115,9 grams per kilometre, according to WLTP, the company says it  outperformed the fleet target limit of approx. 126 grams per kilometre by around ten grams in the EU27+2 (EU, Norway, Iceland), based on its own internal calculations.

CO2 fleet emissions were also further reduced compared to the previous year: Converted to the WLTP cycle, the reduction was around 14 percent. The key drivers for fulfilment of the fleet target were significantly higher sales of electrified vehicles in Europe and further increases in efficiency for conventional drive technologies.

On the European continent there is strong interest in electromobility: In 2021, more than one in four vehicles in the EU27+2 was either fully electric or a plug-in hybrid. The success of electromobility can also be seen from two further milestones the company reached in 2021: For the first time, a fully-electric vehicle, the MINI Cooper SE, became the highest-volume model variant for one of the BMW Group brands. The company also handed over its one-millionth electrified vehicle to its new owner in December 2021.

The BMW Group aims to sell more than 200,000 fully-electric vehicles in 2022, at least double its sales in 2021. The launch of two more fully-electric vehicles from important model series this year, the BMW i7 and the BMW iX1, will further increase the total number and percentage of electrified vehicles sold.

BMW maintains that a highly flexible, integrated production system that allows combustion-engine vehicles and electric models to be built on one line is a key enabler for this. In 2022, the BMW Group will produce at least one fully-electric vehicle at each of its German plants.

In 2021, the BMW Group says it committed to a pathway that meets the 1.5-degree goal for limiting global warming. The BMW Group plans to lower lifecycle CO2 emissions per vehicle by at least 40 percent by 2030. The company says it became the first German automotive manufacturer to join the Business Ambition for 1.5° C campaign launched by the Science-Based Targets Initiative and is committed to the goal of complete climate neutrality throughout the entire value chain by 2050 at the latest.

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