We don’t merely wish to be part of a sustainable future – but, instead, be the driving force towards it. In order to meet this challenge, we signed the International Declaration on Cleaner Production from the United Nations Environmental Programme in 2001. This means that we have undertaken to maintain the environmental impacts and use of resources in our global production at as low a level as possible. However, this is by no means enough for us, which is why our even more stringent sustainability strategy extends much farther still. In order to monitor and analyse the measures, we have introduced environmental management systems for this purpose at all production sites, and these are continuously undergoing further development and optimisation. Only in this way can we fulfil our ambition of being able to demonstrate the efficacy of our standards and regulations.
Alongside the continuous expansion and use of renewable energies and regenerative raw materials in our production, we are also setting an important course with our recycling operations. Since 2006, we have also been able to reduce waste and CO2 emissions per vehicle produced by over 70 per cent. And we are constantly working on raising this bar still higher. It is therefore by no means a coincidence that our figures for the CO2 emissions per vehicle produced, for example, lie significantly below those of the rest of the German automobile industry.