BMW Listed As World’s Top Green Automaker By Newsweek

JUN 29 2015 BY MIKE ANTHONY 19

#26 spot.

#26 spot.

BMW has been listed as the world’s top green automaker as far as “being green,” scoring 72.2%.

Isn’t that a surprise, especially from the company that has long been focused on high-performance vehicles, like the M series (which drink gas like it is going out of style. Oh wait, it is!)?

Well, Toyota, makers of several hybrid vehicles, like the Prius, scored 69.6%.

What really helped BMW is its i division, selling vehicles like the i3 & i8..

Per AutoGuide.com:

“The list ranks the world’s largest companies on corporate sustainability and environmental impact and is conducted in partnership with Corporate Knights Capital, HIP (Human Impact + Profit) Investor Inc. and leading sustainability minds from nongovernmental organizations and the academic and accounting communities. The evaluation was done using eight metrics to determine environmental performance with the companies being scored against their industry peers on each metric, including energy, water and waste levels.”

BMW is #26 on the list. Take a look at the list by clicking here.

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mhamilton
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mhamilton

Boy, they are out of their mind. I like BMW as I used to have one. They are making some strides having more phev’s but the obvious answer is Tesla followed by perhaps Nissan.

franky_b
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franky_b

Sized matter in this ranking

“The list ranks the world’s largest companies on corporate sustainability and environmental impact and is conducted in partnership with Corporate Knights Capital, HIP (Human Impact + Profit) Investor Inc. and leading sustainability minds from nongovernmental organizations and the academic and accounting communities. The evaluation was done using eight metrics to determine environmental performance with the companies being scored against their industry peers on each metric, including energy, water and waste levels.”

Love EV's
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Love EV's

It only has 4 stars at EuroNcap!

Meh
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Meh

The i3?

The total score was 4, it was hindered by low pedestrian safety (i.e. hitting people crossing the street). As for passenger safety, the i3 scored higher than the Tesla Model S.

Meh
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Meh

“The list ranks the world’s largest companies on corporate sustainability and environmental impact… using eight metrics to determine environmental performance with the companies being scored against their industry peers on each metric, including energy, water and waste levels.”

BMW has always been ranked high for green companies. The ranking isn’t about vehicles, it’s about company sustainability… in other words, how green is their infrastructure. As usual, this is another InsideEVs article that takes information out of context and interprets it incorrectly. (Eric Loveday’s stuff excluded). The ranking isn’t about vehicles. That’s why Tesla is ranked so crappy. They make cars that are green in operation only, but the company itself is dirty as hell when it comes to production and overall infrastructure.

bill howland
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bill howland

Perhaps they run on Irish Petrol.

By that rubric, perhaps Cadillac can install a waterless urinal in the SoHo headquarters, put a 110 volt plug and a GREEN EV ONLY sign on the outside wall of the building near a parking space and, besides a LEADS building certification, make it the world’s most green ‘sustainable’ company, since unlike BMW when the range extender ELR engine runs, its otherwise wasted heat is ‘REPURPOSED’ for the humans in the Cabin.

jijam
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jijam

pump & Dump

Braben
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Braben

Perhaps people should read the report before commenting. This ranking is not just about the car industry and is product agnostic, i.e. the impact of the products and services produced by the company when used by the customers is not considered (otherwise different industries would hardly be comparable). It’s purely about the environmental impact of the company’s business operations (production, logistics, offices etc.). Given the huge investments BMW made into sustainable production, I’m not surprised by this result.

bill howland
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bill howland

Perhaps they shouldn’t be ‘product agnostic’.

If they gave to the award to a very reliable product, customers wouldn’t have to keep buying more junk to replace the unreliable crap. That’s a better kind of sustainability.

As an example, most people on my street throw out 2 large garbage totes of junk every week with 4 people in the household. I throw out 1 large tote less than once per month with 2 people in my household. And yes I cook my own food most of the time.

Stimpy
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Stimpy

Huh?

As a BMW owner for the past 10 years, I’ve no idea what you’re going on about.

Bill Howland
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Bill Howland

Our friend here Tom, a BMW lover, has gone through several tires in one year on his brand new I3.

My Roadster’s Rear OEM tires have had to be changed every 4000 miles. Against Tesla’s better judgement, I had put on my own 20,000 mile tires.

Much of Los Angeles’ ground water run off polution problem I’m told is due to tire pollution. (They don’t have many tree roots to absorb/mitigate the pollution). Too much concrete. Longer wearing tires, and tires which don’t fill Landfills so often are a much greener solution.

ffbj
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ffbj

Newsweek? I stopped relying on them for news after about 6th grade. That is about when my reading level exceeded the level of their writing.

Lensman
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Lensman

“The evaluation was done using eight metrics to determine environmental performance with the companies being scored against their industry peers on each metric, including energy, water and waste levels.”

And since these 8 metrics are arbitrarily chosen, and the weight given to each also arbitrarily chosen; and since there are so many magazines and websites giving out such meaningless rankings… then every car maker, no matter how big or small, should be able to win at least one!

OTOH I’m not sure how coming in at #26 on a Newsweek list is worthy of writing an article about it.

mtr sun
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mtr sun

To short driving Range and only 4 stars at EuroNcap, not safe.

Mikael
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Mikael

Well, it got better scores for protecting the driver, adults in the car and kids in the car than for example the Tesla Model S.

It could have done better on pedestrian protection. And if they would have installed a back seat belt reminder then it would have gotten 5 stars.

Sometimes you need to read the tests, not just look at stars.

offib
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offib

To be honest, this could be due to the overall fleet emissions reduced since the early 2000s. BMW was made a prime example of doing so, as well as Toyota when VW was accused of haggling with EU CO2 emission targets back in 2011.

Back then, VW fleet emissions was 160g/km, which is rubbish. BMW was better at the time and I think I still is.

Phil
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Phil
Mister G
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Mister G

HOGWASH

Josh
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Tesla didn’t fare too well in their rankings, ironically.
Rank Newsweek Green Score Company Country GICS Sector
431 16.00% Tesla Motors, Inc. United States Consumer Discretionary