We don’t take political sides here on BMWBLOG and we’re respectful of each person’s political view. Even so, some high-level decisions affect us all and in recent years they put the auto industry through some extensive changes. How many times have you heard journalists blame the legislation for downsizing, turbocharging and everything most gearheads consider the plague of the automotive field overall? It’s a reality and manufacturers such as BMW, even if they don’t completely agree with how some things are decided, usually support working for a better future for all of us.
The news that the U.S. will withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement took a lot of people by surprise, but right now it’s become reality and we have to adjust accordingly. There’s a process to go through as the U.S. ratified the agreement into law last year, and backing out of it will take some four years, according to analysts. The end result, however, will depend on all of us, and BMW issued a statement regarding this development, confirming its commitment to reducing greenhouse gases further in the future.
“The BMW Group has a long-standing and unwavering commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This applies to our production operations as well as to continuous improvements in fuel economy and the reduction of emissions from our vehicles. Protecting the environment and economic prosperity must go hand-in-hand in the future. Despite challenges and disappointments, there is no doubt, combating global warming requires the collaboration of all players at a global level – national, regional as well as government and private sector,” the statement says.
Furthermore, there’s a promise that work will continue in the field, with even more focus and poise: “As in the past, the BMW Group will continue to work at an international level – including with US stakeholders – to facilitate the reduction of greenhouse gases and address global warming. The BMW Group commitment to sustainability, to our customers and to the markets we serve around the world will not change.”
Other automakers are expected to issue similar statements.