BMW is using paint made from bio-waste to save the planet

BMW is trying to reduce the impact of its paint shop on the environment and will now use paints made from renewable materials, such as bio-waste or sewage treatment plant waste.

According to BMW, it helps to remove crude oil from the paint production process. Through these and other measures, it expects to save 15,000 tons of CO2 emissions by 2030 from now on.

“By reducing the use of fossil raw materials, we can at the same time conserve natural resources and reduce CO2 emissions,” said Joachim Post, head of BMW’s purchasing and supplier network. “Innovative paints based on renewable raw materials are an important step in this direction.”

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The green colors are being supplied by BASF and BMW has become the first automaker in Europe to use them in its plants. Paints are not only clean, they also reduce the carbon associated with the production, transportation and processing of crude oil.

In addition to these new paints, BMW’s plants in Leipzig and Roslin are using durable-produced corrosion protection and matte paints. Previously used chemically identical, they all have the same properties but their associated carbon costs have been reduced.

Together, these measures help reduce CO2 emissions from BMW’s paint production by more than 40 percent, the automaker claims.

BMW has taken the latest steps to make its paint shop greener, last year launching a new process called EcoPaintJet Pro that allows it to draw more precisely. It will also help the automaker save 6,000-megawatt-hours of energy and reduce the carbon footprint by 2,000 tons per year.

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