The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Commends BMW Manufacturing's
Clean Energy Project
WASHINGTON, March 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) applauds BMW Manufacturing for innovative,
environmentally-friendly "Gas to Energy" project.
This initiative uses combustion of gas-piped methane from a nearby landfill.
BMW's Manufacturing Co.'s Energy Center, located in South Carolina, has broken
new ground in clean energy practices as the methane gas powers the Center's
turbines, supplying about 50% of the total energy demands for the BMW campus.
"BMW's solid record on sustainable manufacturing practices makes it an
industry leader in clean energy," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez.
"The USHCC is proud to partner with corporations like BMW, who incorporate
responsible environmental policies into their profitable manufacturing
business models. Displaying good environmental stewardship is not only the
right thing to do – it's also smart business."
Corporate sustainability is at the core of BMW's identity. Since 2006, the
company's South Carolina plant has decreased energy consumption by 50%,
landfill waste by 61% and industrial wastewater by 55%. BMW has a solid job
creation record, employing over 7,000 American workers. Furthermore, its
exports-value from the Port of Charleston exceeded $7 billion in 2011, making
it the number one automotive exporter from the United States. Currently, the
South Carolina plant is on track to reach its target annual production 350,000
vehicles by the end of 2014.
"BMW is a long-standing partner of the USHCC and founding sponsor of the
Chamber's 'Ultimate Latina Luncheon,' which honors Hispanic women
entrepreneurs at the forefront of our business community," said USHCC Chairman
of the Board Marc Rodriguez."BMW is also a member of the USHCC Million Dollar
Club, which recognizes those corporations that excel in diversifying their
supply chain by conducting tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars in
business with Hispanic-owned firms"
About the USHCC
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and
development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3
million Hispanic-owned businesses across the United States that contribute in
excess of $465 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as
the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and
business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico.
The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and
motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI, Husqvarna Motorcycles and
Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 29 production
and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more
than 140 countries.
In 2012, the BMW Group sold about 1.85 million cars and more than 117,000
motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2011 was
euro 7.38 billion on revenues amounting to euro 68.82 billion. At 31 December
2011, the BMW Group had a workforce of approximately 100,000 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and
responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and
social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product
responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral
part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been
ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last
CONTACT: Valentina Pereda, USHCC Communications Manager
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