San Luis Potosi, Mexico; December 7, 2017. - Within the framework of the BMW Sustainability Forum: Clean Industry, BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosi received the "ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT" recognition for its voluntary participation to environmentally audit the construction process of its plant, a fact that promotes the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA).
The program managed by the agency responsible for the care and preservation of the environment throughout the country began with the first audit at the BMW Group San Luis Potosi Plant in February 2017 and will continue with this methodological review throughout 2018.
The Clean Industry certification identifies areas of opportunity that could impact the environment, and is a solid base to protect the environment, as well as a rigorous support that gives value to the ISO 14001: 2015 standard, which provides organizations with the framework to achieve a socioeconomic balance.
The hydro biologist Jaime Eduardo García Sepúlveda, Assistant Attorney of Environmental Audit of PROFEPA; and Libya Lizzette Santa Ana Castro, Delegate of SEMARNAT in the State of San Luis Potosi; awarded the "ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT" award to the President and CEO of BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosi, Hermann Bohrer; for complying, until now, with the regulatory framework and implement self-regulation systems. BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosí has exceeded its environmental goals, through activities and strategies among which stand out the future installation of solar panels in an area of 71,000 square meters to provide renewable energy, equip buildings with LED lighting, implement processes of zero waste in paint areas, in addition to rainwater collection systems, built to reused water for sanitary facilities and gardening.
BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosi has set the objective of obtaining Clean Industry certification, just after the start of its operations. To achieve this target, it supports activities that, in addition to following legal compliance, encourage good actions to benefit the environment and place production at the center as a benchmark for best practices on various issues, including environmental care and sustainability.
"All our actions have the common goal of maintaining a long-term balance between growth, profitability, investment and commitment to the environment. Globally, the BMW Group has set the goal of reducing the consumption of resources by up to 45% by 2020. This is a clear example that sustainability is the future of the company," said Hermann Bohrer, President and CEO of BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosi. "We are the only automotive company that has been present since 1999 in the sustainability ranking of Dow Jones; our commitment is long-term and through this we demonstrate that the purpose is to go beyond compliance with federal and local environmental regulations," he said.
For his part, the Deputy Attorney of Environmental Audit commented that: "The path chosen by the BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosi in relation to the environment is correct: the development of sustainability. The National Environmental Audit Program offers a clear guideline on this topic: a) Audit the constructive process, b) Obtain the Clean Industry certificate in the Environmental Performance Level 1, c) Implement an Environmental Management System, d) Obtain the certificate in the Level of Environmental Performance 2, the highest level granted by the federal government, and e) Participate and win the Recognition of Environmental Excellence, the highest environmental award given by the federal government to companies.
The Clean Industry certification is the result of work and activities that also add to the improvement of the environment, through compliance with environmental legislation and the implementation of international parameters and good operating and engineering practices.
BMW Group San Luis Potosi Plant regards the global sustainability strategy established throughout the value chain as a basic requirement for tomorrow's mobility. Following the corporate culture of being a good neighbor, the company develops activities that cover social, economic and environmental improvement topics.