EGA will deliver aluminium produced by using solar energy to BMW Group

»Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park« in Dubai

The BMW Group will begin sourcing aluminium produced using solar electricity. The company's business partner Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has now become the first company in the world to also use solar electricity for commercial production of aluminium, which it will initially supply exclusively to the BMW Group. EGA sources the electricity from the »Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park« in the desert outside of Dubai, which, in the final stage of development, is set to become the world’s largest solar park. It is operated by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.
BMW Group plans to source the highly energy-intensive aluminium produced with solar power in the long term, enabling it to avoid approximately 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions over the next ten years. The aluminium is processed in the light metal foundry at BMW Group's plant in Landshut, Germany, to manufacture body and drive train components.
»We will be able to meet over 50 percent of our CO2 targets for the supplier network, just by using green power«, said Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. »The use of solar electricity for producing aluminium is a major step in this direction.« According to the company, BMW has already agreed with suppliers for its current fifth-generation battery cells that they will only use green power for producing battery cells.

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