When the project goes live in the first quarter of 2015, between 25 and 30 percent of the plant's energy requirements will be generated from renewable sources thanks to the partnership with Bio2Watt.
Power will be supplied from the 4.4 megawatts installed capacity Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Plant, located on the premises of one of South Africa's largest feedlots (Beefcor), which provides the project with key fuel supplies, grid access and sufficient storm water.
Converting organic waste into electrical energy primarily for digester heating purposes is a proven technology that has gained further traction worldwide as the swing to renewable energy alternatives gains momentum and becomes price competitive with base forms of energy generation.
"Corporate sustainability is firmly established as a guiding principle of our company's strategy and culture. This announcement further demonstrates our commitment to sustainability," said Tim Abbott, Managing Director of BMW South Africa.
"Since its inception in 2006, BMW Group's CleanProduction initiative has endeavoured to maximise production efficiency and reduce energy consumption at all of BMW Group's manufacturing plants around the world. Our vision is to achieve a completely carbon-neutral energy supply for the BMW Group. With this in mind, we set ourselves the goal of becoming a leader in the use of renewable energy by 2020.
"As a result of our local CleanProduction initiatives, we've saved more than R60-million in energy overheads in the last five years at our plant and our Midrand head office, which has been recently renovated to achieve a four-star Green Rating. We expect to make further strides in the area of sustainability with the introduction of our renewable power supply next year through the Bio2Watt project," said Abbot