Ecological standards for production and maintenance
Environmental protection is a maxim guiding how we do business. At all MTU sites around the globe, we aim to be efficient in our use of energy and resources, limit our emissions and avoid environmental risks. We strive for continuous improvement in all these areas, but especially with regard to reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Environmental protection is an important principle guiding our corporate behavior and is implemented in our business processes. It is also enshrined in the global Code of Conduct for all employees, where we express our commitment to a policy of integrated environmental protection that starts at the causes of pollution and evaluates the environmental impact of our production processes and products in advance. We integrate insights from this into corporate decisions. We apply the precautionary principle so as to keep negative environmental impact to a minimum. The most significant way we can help protect the environment is with our product development processes, as the environmental effects (energy consumption, climate impact) of our products is greatest during their use. → Climate impact of aircraft engines
Integrated environmental protection covers:
- Making continuous improvements
- Precautionary principle
- Involving employees
- Limiting environmental impact
- Carefully complying with statutory limits and requirements
- Using resources and energy sparingly
Our investments and ongoing expenses for environmental protection and climate action at our production sites totaled EUR 10 million in 2020. This went primarily toward implementing projects for generating energy from renewable sources, such as the photovoltaic system in Munich.
Furthermore, we have embedded our environmental responsibility in the MTU Principles in the section entitled “Environment and society,” Responsibility for company-wide environmental protection is assumed by the Executive Board. Uniform high standards are applied across MTU through an environmental management system that defines processes, responsibilities and targets at the site level. Environmental protection is part of our → Integrated management system (IMS). Internal standards are binding for MTU’s sites and, in some cases, exceed the legal requirements. The stringent environmental criteria apply to all divisions and processes and are laid down in documented process flows and special company standards. Minimum operating standards for our machines and facilities, such as engine test cells, are stipulated by national legislation and local specifications. For machines and facilities with environmental implications, this body of rules and regulations is supplemented by approval from the authorities. We conduct measurements, tests and inspections at regular intervals to ensure our machines and facilities are operating invariably in accordance with these rules and regulations.
Our contribution to SDGs 9, 12 and 13
Through our environmental management system, we continually improve energy and resource efficiency and minimize emissions of CO2 and pollutants in production and maintenance. In this way, we live up to our responsibility as a manufacturing company. In doing so, we also want to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 9 on “Industry, innovation and infrastructure,” SDG 12 on “Responsible consumption and production” and SDG 13 on “Climate action.”
Certified management systems for environmental protection
Our environmental management approach is not centralized. All of MTU’s production sites have a dedicated environmental department and take care of implementing environmental protection measures on a local level. Through IMS reporting, the Executive Board receives a quarterly report on CO2 emissions in relation to production hours for the sites in Munich, Hannover, Ludwigsfelde, Rzeszów and Vancouver. Individual site managers are directly responsible for environmental protection; they receive advice and support from the local environmental departments. The environmental departments regularly share their innovations and best practices with each other. We regularly train employees on matters relevant to the environment, such as the safe handling of hazardous goods or chemicals.
The German sites are certified to ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems, and/or to the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). → Overview of our certifications This means that 89.5% of MTU’s business activities at our production sites are certified to a recognized, external standard in terms of energy used (natural gas, kerosene, biomethane, electricity and district heating).
At our sites, we implement local environmental programs with various objectives, primarily to reduce energy consumption and emissions (for more information, see Conservation of resources and Emissions). We use various measures to achieve improvements in our environmental performance. In the reporting year, we spent some EUR 10.0 million in total on investments and ongoing expenses in a bid to increase our environmental compatibility. These concerned, for example, wastewater treatment, safe waste disposal, use of renewable energies, energy-saving measures and noise abatement. At our Munich site, we are investing in a new photovoltaic system that will go into operation in 2021.
Our goal is to constantly develop and refine our operational environmental protection measures. Independent external auditors and environmental consultants conduct annual reviews at our German sites to confirm our implementation of and adherence to the applicable environmental protection management requirements, and provide recommendations for improvement. We always pass these reviews with flying colors, 2020 was no exception. This monitoring is supplemented by internal inspections and audits. The same applies to our production facilities. MTU’s management regularly conducts reviews to monitor and steer environmental management in the company and to influence its further development.
We apply the precautionary principle so as to keep environmental impact to a minimum. The company has been operating in compliance with the law at its production sites for years, and no fines for environmental incidents were imposed on MTU in 2020 either.
Emergency management plans have been prepared to deal with interruptions to operations with a negative environmental impact, and a crisis committee has been set up. We also hold regular staff drills and provide instructions on what to do in the event of an emergency. MTU has comprehensive fire protection measures in place that comply with legal directives.
In 2020 as in previous years, there were no incidents at the production sites with a negative environmental impact, nor were any fines levied against the company for breaches of statutory requirements relating to the environment. No non-monetary sanctions were brought against MTU.
Environmental protection in dialogue with stakeholders
We maintain a dialogue with our stakeholder groups about MTU’s environmental impacts. Stakeholders can use the available media channels to direct complaints and report abuses to us, which we will immediately follow up. This applies to employees, suppliers, residents and other stakeholders. In the reporting year, we received no complaints regarding negative environmental impacts. At the German sites, environmental officers are available to answer any questions or comments.→ More information about Stakeholder dialogue
Our → Environmental statements for Munich, Hannover and Ludwigsfelde provide information to the public annually about our environmental impact and environmental management. In addition, we offer stakeholders the opportunity to make use of an → Online survey on sustainability to give feedback.
We promote greater environmental protection in industry and business through the following global and local initiatives:
- UN Global Compact
- Been-i Bavarian energy-efficiency network
- Bavarian Environmental Pact (Umwelt und Klimapakt Bayern)
- Munich Business Climate Pact (Klimapakt Münchner Wirtschaft)
- YVR Vancouver Airport Authority’s Environmental Management Plan
We involve our employees in active environmental protection endeavors and promote environmentally conscious behavior through awareness events, information campaigns and training courses at all our production sites—including initial instruction for new employees at MTU. Raising the awareness of all employees in production and administration is part of our Code of Conduct regarding environmental protection. We promote environmentally friendly behavior among our employees through local initiatives such as Zero mission at our headquarters in Munich and the Eco Facility campaign in Rzeszów; a sustainability committee is active in Canada. We also support the commitment of our employees outside MTU. One example in 2020 was a call to participate in the Climathon, a global brainstorming event for a better climate.
All fully consolidated production sites of the MTU Group worldwide (Munich, Hannover, Ludwigsfelde, Rzeszów and Vancouver) are included in our environmental reporting for this Sustainability Report. By comparison, smaller sites are not relevant for our environmental impact and are therefore not included.