BMW Issues Statement on US Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

News | June 2nd, 2017 by 8
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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 …

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.

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“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.

8 responses to “BMW Issues Statement on US Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement”

  1. Giom says:

    I really don’t see how this affects BMW. Few automotive companies have had the drive towards environmental protection as this company had, why would this change? Its got nothing to do with the US withdrawal imo. On the other hand… anything coming from India and China, has.

    • guest says:

      BMW chose Washington State to manufacture carbon fiber, they are expanding Spartanburg and building a new green factory in Mexico, annually they receive sustainability awards over ostensibly green competitors. Simultaneously they are being slandered with the bad, bad Germans who sell too many vehicles here. Like tabloid reporting of spontaneous combustion, of course this affects them, like false reports of unintended acceleration affected competitors in the past.

  2. guest says:

    Politics? Reality. BMW not only manufacture in the U.S., they export. Employing thousands of Americans, yet lumped in with the bad, bad Germans. It’s no longer about taking sides, it’s about speaking truth.

  3. nohone says:

    “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.”

    Um, no. Article 2, section 2, clause 2 of the US Constitution requires that 2/3 of the Senate ratify a treaty between nations. Obama took it upon himself to agree (which is why it is called an agreement, not a treaty) to enter the Paris Agreement. There was no legal standing to the agreement in the US since it was never approved by the Senate.

  4. Derrick Rose says:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/09/the-original-underclass/492731/

    There is more to life in the 21st century than wallboard and cheap sentimentality about how the Man closed the factories down.

    The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. Forget all your cheap theatrical Bruce Springsteen crap. Forget your sanctimony about struggling Rust Belt factory towns and your conspiracy theories about the wily Orientals stealing our jobs … The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin.

    • Olda Fiala says:

      The truth is, that the rest of the world was laughing all the way to the bank, while US was paying for it. And that had to stop. Good on you DT!

  5. Russell says:

    BMW chose to act on CO2 emissions long before most, and has done it better than most, which has given them a competitive advantage as government bureaucracies and supra-national bodies impose more and more restrictions.
    Therefore it is absolutely to BMW’s advantage to maintain the “CO2 is evil” line to maximise that advantage and capitalise on their investment.
    No matter what you, or the board of directors, think about the effectiveness (or need) of legislation to reduce the temperature of the earth, the board would always publicly support continuing these sorts of targets as good for their business.

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