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Sustainability at a big event like the BMW International Open.

06/27/2022 | 05:47am

* Shuttle fleet made up exclusively of electrified cars

* Plastic-free water supply on the course and in the offices

* Reduced use of resources in tournament buildings

* Conversion from print to digital products

Munich -- Visitors to the BMW International Open, who have once again flocked to Golfclub München Eichenried in their thousands this week after two pandemic-hit years, were not only greeted by a new colour scheme but also found a Tournament Village with a new look and many BMW i vehicles. These were the most obvious measures implemented by tournament organiser BMW in an attempt to make the BMW International Open as sustainable as possible.

"The most sustainable event is obviously the one that does not take place at all. However, this does not mean that you cannot make a host of adjustments to keep the environmental footprint as small as possible," says Jörn Plinke, Head of BMW Golfsport Marketing. "That is precisely what we have done with the BMW International Open. The fully-electrified BMW shuttle fleet, which is charged with 100 percent green electricity, is the most obvious contribution to sustainability for us as an automobile manufacturer, but by no means the only one."

The fleet of cars at the BMW International Open consists of 67 BMW iX, two BMW i4 and eight BMW iX3, as well as 22 BMW X5 xDrive45e (hybrid) and three BMW X3 xDrive30e (hybrid). The rapid-charging stations at the tournament site have been erected by Golfclub München Eichenried together with BMW.

On the one hand, the new set-up of the Tournament Village is intended to create a more relaxed atmosphere for visitors. However, the reduction of resources and energy also plays a role. There are far fewer exhibitors than in the past, and far fewer carpeted areas as a result. Replacing printed products with digital solutions in advertising, ticketing and on-site communications also saves resources. Last year, the advertising panels on the tees were designed so that they can be reused for several years. Temporary structures are erected with insulated roofs, in order to save energy. PVC-free blockout banners are used, for example for panels, in order to drastically reduce special waste through large print.

To avoid plastic waste, fresh water stations have been installed all over the golf course and players are given refillable water bottles. Water dispensers are also installed in the organisational offices and working areas. As far as is possible, there is a PET-free water supply at the tournament. Where it is not possible to avoid plastic bottles, for spectators for example, there is a seamless deposit system in place.

To allow visitors to leave their cars at home, good connections to public transport are in place. A free shuttle bus service between the tournament site and the closest S-Bahn station (Ismaning) runs from 07:00 to 20:00 on the tournament days.

Reusable REBOWL products are used in the catering for spectators. In the staff area, compostable cups and crockery are used, as well as refillable water bottles. Only glass and crockery is used in the Fairway Club. For many years, the infrastructure has converted to fibre-optic cables and substations with green electricity instead of diesel generators.

These measures are another contribution to reach the ambitious sustainability targets which the BMW Group sets itself throughout the company.

BMW iX xDrive50

electric power consumption combined as per WLTP: 23.0 - 19.8 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km

BMW iX xDrive40

electric power consumption combined as per WLTP: 22.5 - 19.4 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km

BMW i4 M50

electric power consumption combined: 22.5 - 18.0 kWh/100 km as per WLTP, CO2 emissions: 0 g/km

BMW i4 eDrive40

electric power consumption combined: 19.1 - 16.1 kWh/ 100 km as per WLTP, CO2 emissions: 0 g/km

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