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BMW Group hosts sustainability summit in Berlin
Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the UN IPCC optimistic about chances of an agreement in Copenhagen; ahead of the climate conference, the BMW Group sets own CO2 reduction targets
Prominent speakers, intensive discussions
The programme in Berlin featured a keynote discussion on sustainability and mobility between Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Harald Krüger, US ambassador Philip D. Murphy, British politician Ian Lucas, President of the Federal Environmental Agency Jochen Flasbarth and Professor Dr Ferdinand Dudenhöffer of Car Center Automotive Research, entitled "This is only the beginning. New, sustainable aspirations for the automotive industry". The BMW Group welcomed some 200 invited guests from the fields of government, science, industry and the media to the summit, which is held at the axica conference and convention centre on Pariser Platz. An all-electric MINI E from the "MINI E Berlin powered by Vattenfall" project was on hand for test drives, giving the guests the opportunity to see for themselves that electric mobility really does combine zero emissions with driving excitement. Field trials with a fleet of 50 electric-drive MINI models powered by renewable electricity have been taking place in Berlin since June 2009.
The BMW Group, with its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, is one of the most successful premium manufacturers of cars and motorcycles in the world. As an international group, it operates 24 production plants in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
In the 2008 financial year, the BMW Group sold more than 1.43 million cars and more than 101,000 motorcycles worldwide. Revenues for the year totalled 53.2 billion euros, with earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of 921 million euros. As at September 30, 2009, the company employed a global workforce of approximately 98,000 people.
The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. Ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources are an integral part of the company's strategy. The BMW Group has been industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability indexes for the past five years.