BMW Manufacturing Corp. Wins National & State Environmental Conservation Awards
Manufacturer Presented National Award in Chicago; State Award in Myrtle BeachBMW Manufacturing Corp. was presented the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Award in Chicago today for its use of recycled landfill gas as a power source. Landfill gas provides 25 percent of BMW’s overall power needs at its South Carolina plant.
BMW Manufacturing was also recognized for its commitment to the environment at the Governor’s Pollution Prevention Awards Dinner in Myrtle Beach on October 14, 2003. The state award, which recognizes BMW’s pollution-prevention efforts, was presented through the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Public Service and Policy Research.
“Forward-thinking companies recognize that buying green power is an important step in corporate environmental responsibility,” said Kathleen Hogan, Director of the EPA’s Climate Protection Partnership Program.
BMW recycles methane gas generated at the Palmetto Landfill that is piped 9.5 miles to the factory where it is used to fuel four turbines. BMW’s Landfill Gas Project is the largest project of its type in the country. BMW purchases the equivalent of 4,000 cfm of landfill gas, which generates 4.2-4.4 MW of electricity for the factory and supplies 270 degree water.
BMW Manufacturing Corp. is a subsidiary of the BMW Group based in Munich, Germany. Its website address is www.bmwusfactory.com. In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW’s North American subsidiaries include sales, marketing and financial services operations in the United States, Canada and throughout Latin America, and a design firm in California.