Step forward on the research front around lithium extraction, for BMW joining the study project for sustainable extraction in Chile.
As part of a responsible management plan for natural resources, the BMW Group has joined the ‘Responsible Lithium Partnership’ cross-sectoral project.
The aim of the project is to reach a collective understanding on responsible management of natural resources with local interest groups and to develop a plan for the future of the Salar de Atacama saltworks in Chile.
The Responsible Lithium Partnership was launched in spring 2021 by BASF, Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Daimler Truck AG, Fairphone and Volkswagen Group for an expected duration of three years.
One of the ways BMW supports the project is by sharing scientific results on the impact of lithium mining on water resources in the Salar de Atacama in Chile. Together with BASF, the BMW Group had already commissioned a study at the end of 2020. University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Massachusetts Amherst on the effects of lithium mining on local water balances in Latin America.
The aim of the study is to achieve a better scientific understanding of the interdependencies between freshwater and lithium brine layers, evaluate various existing technologies, and acquire the skills to evaluate sustainable extraction. The study provides a scientific basis for future lithium sourcing decisions.
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