MAN diminishes carbon emissions at its establishments by more than 50% compared to 2019

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Having joined the “Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)” climate protection scheme in 2021, binding and science-driven objectives were established to decrease environmentally harmful carbon emissions: The goal is to save 70% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2030 at MAN’s worldwide corporate locations in comparison to the baseline year of 2019 (Scopes 1 and 2). As of the conclusion of 2023, a reduction of 51.2 percent had already been accomplished.

GHG fleet emissions per kilometer of vehicles sold by MAN (Scope 3) are targeted to be reduced by 28% by 2030 from 2019 levels. A reduction of 12.8% was recorded for the reporting year of 2023.

“MAN Truck & Bus had a highly successful 2023 from an economic standpoint. Concurrently, despite the notable rise in production output, we managed to further curtail our greenhouse gas emissions at the global sites. A feat we are particularly proud of. The progression of our product lineup towards alternative propulsion systems also reached significant milestones in 2023 with our leading position in all-electric city buses and the debut of our eTruck,” stated Alexander Vlaskamp, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus.

Decarbonization through alternative drivetrains

In 2023, more than 96 percent of the company’s carbon emissions were produced during the operational phase of newly sold MAN products. The transition of the vehicle fleet to alternative propulsion systems serves as the primary lever for the commercial vehicle manufacturer to meet its ambitious CO2 targets.

MAN achieved the top position in Europe for all-electric city buses in 2023, merely four years after introducing the MAN Lion’s City E to the market. The scaling up of all-electric trucks is also gaining momentum with the release of the MAN TGX and TGS in October 2023. Initially, deliveries to customers are expected to commence in 2024. Besides battery-electric propulsion, MAN is also exploring hydrogen-based propulsion systems. A limited series of a truck featuring hydrogen combustion technology (MAN hTGX), classified as a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV), is planned for initial delivery to pilot customers by 2025.

Sustainable CO2 production

Further reductions in Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions are being pursued through the systematic transition and modernization of energy supply, adoption of renewable energy sources, and implementation of energy efficiency measures.

To accomplish these ambitious savings objectives, MAN is executing a comprehensive set of measures. The energy supply at production sites is progressively being shifted to electricity and heat sourced from renewable energy, inclusive of the deployment of photovoltaic systems, for instance, in South Africa and Ankara. In Krakow, the gas heating system was switched to a lower-CO2 wood pellet heating system. Furthermore, the Nuremberg facility was connected to a district heating network, and plans for leveraging geothermal energy at the principal Munich plant are underway.

Concerning energy procurement, the portion of renewable energy sources obtained through “Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)” is being gradually expanded. This emphasizes direct acquisition of solar or wind energy as well as enhancing the reliability of energy supply.

Circular economy

In a time of raw material scarcities, MAN views the circular economy model as a significant contributor to both value creation and environmental preservation. This encompasses efficient and responsible utilization of raw materials, component and part reuse, and pollution prevention. The recycling rate for production waste in the review period reached 95 percent.

MAN NHB 2023 - Scope Grafiken 2024-03-22
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SOURCE: MAN Truck & Bus

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