BMW exploring the use of hemp in the manufacture of its cars

By Edward Tsumele, Cannabis Business Africa Editor

If there was any doubt that cannabis will play an important role in future industrial development, the confirmation this week by BMW that its team of researchers are busy researching the fissibility of using hemp in its car manufacturing process should remove such doubt.

This news comes against the context of an ever increasing acceptance of the cannabis plant as a game changer in economic growth for those countries liberalising their laws to allow the commercial exploitation of the cannabis plant, which has diverse applications from textile, medical, food, construction to industrial use.

This latest news to come from the luxury car manufacture just confirms the fact that cannabis, historically a stimamatised plant together with its derivatives, is certainly become mainstream as multi-purpose use is increasingly being acknowledge from around the world, and science rather than opinion is leading the way in the mainstreaming of  the cannabis plant and its potential of transforming people’s lives.

“In its quest to reduce its carbon footprint, BMWOTC: BMWYY)will begin using more hemp and other environmentally friendly materials inside its vehicles.

It is no coincidence that BMW was named the world’s most sustainable automaker by S&P Dow Jones last November: the company adopted new strategies that focus on the use of greener materials, some of which will be recycled.

For example, the company has been using hemp in the door panel linings of its electric i3 for some years now. This feature not only fulfills an ecological function but also plays a role in lightening the vehicle,” writes Franca  Quarneti in E Planteo publication.

“The BMW Group is focusing its research and development efforts on environmentally compatible raw materials. At the same time, it is accelerating the creation of a market for secondary materials and working with selected start-ups and experienced material suppliers to develop pioneering materials,” the company stated.

“The BMW Group is focusing its research and development efforts on environmentally compatible raw materials. At the same time, it is accelerating the creation of a market for secondary materials and working with selected start-ups and experienced material suppliers to develop pioneering materials,” the company stated.

Their goal? To reduce the life cycle CO2 emissions of their cars by more than 40%, by 2030.

Meanwhile, the firm confirmed that it will use hemp, flax, and kenaf (a plant that has connections to cannabis) fibers to produce components such as door panels.

Likewise, as reported by Autocar, BMW is also working on “wood foams, an open-pore structure formed by finely crushed wood particles that will be produced from 100% renewable materials.

“We are following a consistent path towards holistic sustainable product development, responsible use of resources, and transformation into a circular economy,” concluded Dr. Stefan Floeck, the head of Mini development and BMW’s compact lineup:

The company is exploring this option reportedly for sustainability reasons, using less carbon and  adopting recycling methods.

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