Environmental protection in production
Environmental protection is an important 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.
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 by means of ecologically efficient products, as the environmental impact (energy consumption, CO2 emissions, noise) of our products is greatest during their use. →Eco-efficient engines
Integrated environmental protection covers:
- making continuous improvements
- precautionary approach
- involving employees
- limiting environmental impact
- carefully complying with statutory limits and requirements
- using resources and energy sparingly
In 2018, we invested some EUR 9.5 million in environmental protection, more than half of it on climate protection.
Furthermore, we have embedded our environmental responsibility in the MTU Principles in the section entitled “Environment and society,” and our annual corporate objectives hold us to high standards of environmental protection. Responsibility for company-wide environmental protection is assumed by the Executive Board. Uniform high standards are applied across the MTU Group 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 approvals 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.
Environmental management is handled locally; all of MTU’s production sites have a dedicated environmental department in charge of implementation. The Executive Board receives a quarterly report on the consumption of energy (Scope 2) and potable water at all production sites. Individual site managers are directly responsible for environmental protection. They are advised and supported by their local environmental departments. The environmental departments regularly share their innovations and best practices with each other across all sites. Employees are trained regularly on matters relevant to the environment, such as the safe handling of hazardous goods or chemicals.
Some of the sites are certified to ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems, or to the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).
→ Overview of our certifications
Our contribution to the SDGs
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 meet the expectations of our shareholders. In doing so, we also want to help fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda, specifically SDG 9 on “Industry, innovation and infrastructure,” SDG 12 on “Responsible consumption and production” and SDG 13 on “Climate action.”
We use various measures to achieve improvements in our energy and carbon footprints. In the reporting year, we spent some EUR 9.5 million in total (2017: EUR 14.6 million) on investments and ongoing expenses in a bid to increase our environmental compatibility. The lion’s share of that (EUR 5.2 million) went to climate protection. The decline compared to the previous year is mainly due to the fact that the investments for the new co-generation plant (BHKW) were all incurred in 2017.
We have our environmental management system regularly reviewed
Our goal is to constantly develop and refine our operational environmental protection measures. Independent external auditors and environmental consultants conduct annual reviews to confirm our implementation of and adherence to the applicable environmental protection management requirements, and provide recommendations for improvement. MTU passes these reviews with flying colors. This monitoring is supplemented by internal inspections and audits. MTU’s management regularly conducts reviews to monitor and steer environmental management in the company and to influence its further development.
All production and maintenance facilities are state of the art and are also subject to regular internal and external monitoring and reviews. Emergency management plans have been prepared to deal with interruptions to operations with a negative environmental impact. This includes regular staff drills and instruction on what to do in the event of an emergency. Furthermore, we provide information about the effects of potential malfunctions at the Munich site, as required by Germany’s Hazardous Incident Ordinance. MTU has comprehensive fire protection measures in place that comply with legal directives.
In 2018 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.
Environmental protection in dialog with stakeholders
We maintain a dialog 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 follow up. This applies to employees, suppliers, residents and other stakeholders. In the reporting year, MTU’s production sites once again received no substantiated complaints about negative environmental impacts caused by our operating activities. Stakeholders can consult environmental officers at the German sites with any questions or comments. → Stakeholder dialog
Our → Environmental statements for Munich, Hannover and Ludwigsfelde provide information to the public annually about our environmental impacts and environmental management. In addition, we offer stakeholders the opportunity to make use of an → Online survey on sustainability to give us feedback.
We promote greater environmental protection in industry and business through the following global and local initiatives:
- UN Global Compact
- Bavarian Energy Efficiency Network
- Munich Business Climate Pact (Klimapakt Münchner Wirtschaft)
- YVR Airport Authority’s Environmental Management Plan
We involve our employees in active environmental protection and promote environmentally conscious behavior through awareness events, information campaigns and training courses at all our production sites. Raising the awareness of all employees in production and administration is part of our Code of Conduct regarding environmental protection. For example, we introduced reusable beverage cups at our locations in Hannover and Munich. At our Munich headquarters, we want the Zero mission to reduce resource consumption and emissions and promote environmentally conscious behavior among our employees. We carried out numerous activities as part of Zero 2018, including the introduction of biomethane for the co-generation plant that went into operation in April, energy-saving campaigns and green office solutions. Success is already visible in many areas. We will continue the campaign in 2019 with further measures.
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. Smaller sites are not relevant for our environmental impacts and are therefore not included.
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