Dr Thomas Becker is Vice President of Governmental Affairs for BMW AG, where he is responsible for overseeing policy activities across the BMW Group. Prior to joining BMW in 2007, he served as Deputy Executive Officer for the VDA – the German association of automobile manufacturers. Previous roles include providing consultancy on environmental policy to the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Based in Munich, Dr Becker is married with two children.
As Official Automotive Partner to London 2012, BMW Group will play an important role in helping LOCOG achieve its sustainability ambitions for the Games. BMW’s fleet will showcase a range of low-emission diesel, hybrid and electric vehicle technologies, alongside motorcycles and bicycles, all of which will contribute to meeting the challenging 120g/km CO2 target stipulated by the Games organisers. A substantial portion of the fleet will also already comply with future EU6 diesel emission regulations.
BMW Group was recently identified as the world’s most sustainable car maker for the seventh successive year by the flagship Dow Jones Sustainability Index. BMW is also the only auto manufacturer to have appeared continuously in the DJSI ranking since these indexes were first established in 1999. The company appointed its first head of sustainability in 1973 and even supplied a special electric car to accompany the marathon race at the Munich Olympics of 1972. More recently, it launched the new BMWi sub-brand, designed to create vehicles that are truly ‘Born Electric’. The first products of this programme – the BMW i3 ‘Megacity Vehicle’ and BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sportscar – will make their production debuts in 2013 and also feature in BMW’s showcase pavilion at the Olympic Park this summer.
Further information on the BMW Group’s sustainability strategy is available at: www.bmwgroup.com/responsibility