MINI recognises that sustainability in the automotive sector doesn’t begin when a customer buys an electric car. They know that the journey has to start with them and their supply chain which is why they’ve highlighted the importance of the circular economy.

99% of the waste at the average BMW Group factory is already recycled and in production there are many areas where “secondary materials” are already utilised. This includes plastic parts which use around 15% and cast aluminium parts which use 40% recycled materials.

Mini also utilises a fleet of 18 heavy goods vehicles that run on liquefied natural gas to transport parts and goods from suppliers to MINI Plant Oxford, furthering their efforts to limit their footprint. This produces 20% lower CO2 NOx emissions and comes from sources like organic household waste, making it a renewable energy source.

This is paired with taking raw materials only from sustainable sources, using zero deep sea minerals, using 41% less electricity at the Oxford Plant, and using 11,500 solar panels to cover 100% of the energy needed by the Plant.