There’s a lot of talk with BMW and carbon these days, especially with its i3 and i8 electric cars coming out soon. They’re made of almost completely of carbon fiber.
Oh, wait, that’s not why BMW’s carbon is in the news today. No, it’s more for the company’s tiny carbon footprint.
An organization known as the Carbon Disclosure Project rates 500 of the world’s environmentally cleanest companies. Some do better than others. BMW scored 99 out of a possible 100 in terms of being sustainable and environmentally friendly. The automaker is among the top three organizations worldwide in the CDP’s study for 2012.
“We are focused on climate protection at all our locations worldwide. We consistently promote environmental protection at our plants and have made major progress in recent years. Our success in the CDP Global 500 ranking confirms that we are on the right track,” said BMW board member Norbert Reithofer in a statement.
For the Global 500, companies are evaluated by their Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) score, which rates how well they report their practices, and Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) for how well they practice what they preach. BMW earned high marks in both categories.
While Toyota is often seen as the predominant environmentally friendly carmaker, BMW has made a conscious effort to get its cars and crossovers to be right up there, albeit more with its practices than developing hoards of electric vehicles. Those will be coming, though.
So what does this all mean to you? Don’t feel guilty about buying a BMW if you’re concerned with the environment. And if you’re apathetic, don’t worry either way.
But if you’re adamant that this whole global warming thing is a hoax and you still want a BMW, buy an M5 or something with an obnoxiously powerful V-8 or V-12 engine. Then, get to work and start making some good use of that rightmost pedal.