BMW Celebrates Earth Day By Working With Cows

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Clean energy is the name of the game.

Don't let the headline fool you; BMW loves building ludicrous performance cars that expel their fair amount of carbon dioxide. Just take the BMW M5 CS for example. This super sedan is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces an insane 627 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. That can't be good for the environment. Be that as it may, BMW has been hard at work giving back to the planet for Earth Day by partnering up with some dairy farms in California.

The German manufacturer is the first to do so and aims to feed more renewable energy back into the state's energy grid thanks to its unique relationship with these farms. This comes at a time when the world is rapidly moving away from the internal combustion engine.


BMW has teamed up with Straus Organic Dairy Farm in Marshall, CA, and CalBio, a developer of over 90 dairy digesters in California to use biodigesters that transform methane gas into renewable energy. The energy generated on the farm is enough to offset all BMW and Mini EV charging emissions in the state of California.

BMW's partnership with sustainable farming also results in over 11 million kWh of renewable energy going back into the state grid and a reduction of 27,000 metric tons of carbon emissions per year. This falls perfectly in line with the state's decision to ban gas cars from 2035 onward.

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"Our sustainability mission isn't simply about reducing carbon emissions but making sustainability practices financially attractive for the long-run, so that these practices can expand and help our partners thrive," said Adam Langton, Energy Services Manager, Connected eMobility, BMW of North America. "Dairy biodigesters are an example of an energy technology that not only reduces carbon emissions in a sustainable way but also offers a new revenue stream to farmers and their communities. In the future, we hope to use this collaborative model we have created in California to support more biodigester development in the US and ultimately bring more clean energy sources to our customers."

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