With a focus on sustainability, the BMW Group carried out the expansion of its photovoltaic panels in the city of Araquari, in Santa Catarina. The new 520 plates installed this Monday (14th) aim to increase the use of solar energy for the manufacture of the brand’s vehicles in Brazil.

With more than a thousand photovoltaic panels installed, the building responsible for producing the bodies and assembling the vehicles now it has about 2,500 square meters capable of generating 600MWh of energy per year.

The use of solar energy in BMW’s manufacturing processes started in 2020 and is part of a group of goals sustainable from the company. Among its main objectives are the reduction of 80% of its carbon emission in the production of vehicles, 20% in the production chain and 50% in the phase of car use.

Second Vivaldo Chaves director of Sustainability and Infrastructure at the BMW Group, all units of the organization make use of renewable energies, including its production unit in manaus and the office in São Paulo.

Already Otávio Rodacoswiski, general manager of the BMW Group plant in Araquari, says the project remains expanding. “We now hope to continue with the expansion of the installation of new photovoltaic cells and expand the use of renewable energy”.

In addition to the photovoltaic panels, other measures are carried out by the German manufacturer in the city of Araquari, such as monitoring the fauna and flora around the unit, water reduction projects and waste management. Since the start of production in 2016, energy consumption has been reduced by 33%, water consumption by 41% and waste disposal by 87%.

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