Mini has announced its intentions to help solve the global climate crisis. Among the most critical items is its objective of reducing its carbon footprint, not only in the driving of its cars but over its entire lifecycle, from the supply chain to production and, ultimately, recycling.
By the end of this decade, Mini's parent company BMW aims to reduce its per-vehicle carbon emissions by at least 40 percent, compared to what their cars were emitting in 2019. In about a decade, Mini will be all-electric, with vehicles that produce zero emissions.
While Mini already offers an electric vehicle (EV) and a plug-in hybrid model, they have been retrofitted from existing internal combustion engine-powered vehicles. In 2023, Mini will debut its new generation of EVs designed from the outset as electric vehicles, with a 3-door hatchback and a small crossover the first to be introduced; its last all-new internal combustion engine vehicle will debut in 2025.
Because the automaker does not produce big, heavy vehicles, the batteries needed to power Mini-branded EVs will be smaller and use less energy and materials. The procurement of the batteries will use green electricity, and the batteries will be reused in energy storage for buildings before being recycled.
Mini also says that carbon emissions will be reduced by 80 percent by 2030, even though every vehicle the brand produces is already carbon neutral. The company says it uses 100-percent green electricity in its Oxford plant, with one of Britain's biggest photovoltaic generation systems mounted on the factory roof.
This comes in the midst of the 26th Conference of Parties—COP26—currently taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, to address the realities of climate change. Also making news, a majority of the world's most significant private investors and banks have said they would reach net-zero emissions across their portfolio by 2050, with $10.5 billion in funding pledged to help poorer countries switch from fossil fuels to cleaner, renewable energy. Also today, mayors from 1,049 cities around the world, home to 730 million people, pledged to cut emissions in half by 2030, with net-zero emissions by 2050. And automakers are using the backdrop of this conference to urge greater action on emissions; Volvo is calling on world leaders and the private sector to take decisive action.
Urgency comes as images of weather-related devastation—which most scientists say is exacerbated by climate change—proliferate on the evening news. Today, a study was released that stated that the largest ice sheet in the world, located in Greenland, is melting so fast that in the past 10 years, global sea levels have risen by one centimeter. Dire warnings abound that it could rise by a foot by the end of this century, resulting in devastating consequences.