Environmental and climate protection
We believe that part of our responsibility to society is to help improve the protection of the environment and the climate around the world by developing innovative drive solutions for our customers. We also strive to continuously optimize the processes and activities associated with our own business operations with regard to their impact on the environment and therefore on society.
Accordingly, we have set ourselves a range of targets in our Sustainability Vision for 2023, and we aim to meet our environmental responsibilities by achieving them.
The majority of the scope 1 emissions from the DEUTZ Group’s production sites1 are generated in connection with testing in the area of research and development and with production quality controls. This testing involves using rigs to replicate the real-life operation of engines, which of course produces emissions. The majority of the scope 2 emissions are generated in connection with production processes and other business operations.
In our sustainability strategy, we have set a target to reduce the carbon emissions of our production sites, and the emissions per engine manufactured, in 2023 by 20 percent compared to 2017. To meet this target, existing equipment is being progressively optimized and processes are being trialed and introduced that could allow DEUTZ to dispense with some of the tests currently run for quality control.
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Due to the nature of the DEUTZ Group’s product portfolio and manufacturing processes, both nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions are released at its production sites. The majority of these emissions are produced by the running of combustion processes in the development plant’s test rigs and by the bays used for hot testing, which replicate the real-life operation of engines and thus burn diesel and LPG.
The ongoing development of our engines is heavily influenced by laws and legislation, for example in the form of ever stricter emissions restrictions. Because of this, our development activities are aimed at continually optimizing the performance of the exhaust aftertreatment systems and the technical configuration of our products with the objective of continually reducing nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions. Routine measurements carried out by experts at the DEUTZ AG production sites confirm that we are in line with or well below approved thresholds. DEUTZ is thereby contributing to the protection of the climate and the environment not only at its production sites but also, in particular, with regard to the subsequent use of its engines in the field.
Under our sustainability strategy, we have set ourselves the target for 2023 of reducing both nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions per engine manufactured at our production sites by 3 percent compared to the base year 2019.
The majority of the waste produced at the production sites is directly related to the manufacturing of engines and metal products as well as to their painting and subsequent shipping. The types of waste that occur therefore mainly comprise recyclable metal fragments, wood, plastic, and paper. Liquids used to treat, clean, and cool the metal surfaces of our engine components also make up a not insignificant proportion of the waste produced.
We have set ourselves the target for 2023 of reducing waste for disposal at our production sites by a total of 10 percent compared with 2019. Related measures planned for the coming years include the introduction of pallet pooling, an overhaul of the painting plant, and the elimination of secondary packaging.