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The MAN Group is one of the leading commercial vehicle, engine and mechanical engineering companies in Europe with over 30 production sites in 14 countries. As a supplier of trucks, buses, diesel engines, turbomachinery and special-purpose transmissions, MAN is a market leader in all areas of business activity; the Group operates in over 180 countries. In 2015, its 55,030-strong workforce generated sales revenue of €13.7 billion and an operating profit of €92 million.

2015 Highlights

MAN’S First CO2-Neutral Plant

Thanks to photovoltaic collectors on the roofs of the production shops in Pinetown (South Africa), the MAN Truck & Bus plant is able to produce at least as much renewable energy as it needs. The solar system, which operated for a full year for the first time in 2015, is capable of generating around 810,000 kWh of electricity per year – enough not only to supply the entire site, but also to feed excess green energy into the local grid. Wherever possible, skylights were installed to make optimum use of daylight. In addition, modern building insulation ensures that the air-conditioning system consumes as little energy as possible. A rainwater collection system was installed to improve the environmental acceptability of the plant’s vehicle washing facility, which was already capable of recycling gray (used) water.

Heat Recovery System At Frederikshavn Text Center

In 2015, MAN built a heat recovery system for the marine engine testbed at the Frederikshavn facility in Denmark. In the reporting year, we recovered over 3,160 MWh of thermal energy, which we able to feed into the local district heating network. By doing so, we avoided 835 t of CO2 emissions.

Refugee Relief

In 2015, MAN’s social engagement focused on providing relief for refugees. The selected projects aim to alleviate severe hardship and improve refugees’ long-term prospects. Our key partner for refugee relief is the SOS Children’s Village, with which MAN has maintained a close partnership since 2008. Working with the non-profit organization, MAN trainees helped integrate unaccompanied refugee minors into the SOS Children’s Village in Landsberg am Lech in Germany. Among other things, they invited the young people to Munich for a guided tour of the plant. MAN would like to offer refugees a future in the company. Thus two young asylum seekers have been enrolled in a one-year entry-level training program at the Group’s training center in Augsburg since September 2015.

MAN and its employees provide financial support for the refugee relief program through a large-scale donation campaign. The Executive Board and the Group Works Council appealed to employees at MAN sites in Germany to donate to the cause. After top-up funding by the company, a total of €200,000 was available for training programs, as well as international and national aid programs.

Our refugee relief activities are described in detail in our CR Online Journal.

Progress in the implementation of MAN´s Climate Strategy

In the reporting year, MAN came a step closer to achieving its climate target in production, namely a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020. CO2 emissions across the Group’s sites have been reduced by 19.5% compared with the 2008 baseline.

These are some of the measures taken to reduce CO2 emissions:

1. MAN commissioned five cogeneration plants (CHP) at the Plauen, Nuremberg (Germany) and Starachowice (Poland) sites.

2. MAN replaced the previous lighting system in the production shops in Changzhou (China) and Steyr (Austria) with more efficient LED lamps.

3. We eliminated leaks in the compressed air system at the Velká Bíteš (Czech Republic) site, reducing energy consumption.

4. Frequency inverters were installed in the paint shop at the Steyr (Austria) plant, cutting energy consumption by 50%.

In addition to reducing CO2 emissions at various sites, MAN has significant leverage available for cutting CO2 emissions through its products. Over 90% of CO2 emissions are generated during the use phase of a product’s life cycle. Consequently, our research and development activities focus on making our commercial vehicles, engines and turbomachinery more efficient and reducing their fuel consumption and emissions.

However, driving style can also have a significant impact on the fuel consumption of buses and trucks. This has been borne out by the Connected CoDriver Training program run by MAN ProfiDrive, in which a trainer, acting as a virtual passenger, gives advice to the driver over a set period of time. Several hundred test drives have shown that this training approach can result in annual savings of up to 3,500 liters of diesel fuel over a total distance of 150,000 km of long-haul operation.

Stakeholder Dialogue

Every two years, MAN Diesel & Turbo sends out a comprehensive customer survey as part of the company’s Customer Satisfaction Monitoring program. In 2015, some 4,000 customers were asked about the company’s products and services. 35% of the respondents rated MAN Diesel & Turbo’s performance as “good”, 42% as “very good” and 9% as “excellent”.

To foster long-term relationships with customers with the aim of better understanding their needs, MAN Truck & Bus also carries out regular surveys. These help to establish customer satisfaction with the company’s products and services across all business units. For example, MAN Truck & Bus gages customer satisfaction through its annual Customer-First Study (CFS). In 2015, around 29,000 customers were surveyed by phone as part of the CFS study – 5,000 more than in the previous year. Over 90% of the respondents rated MAN Truck & Bus as “good” or better, and nearly 65% as “very good”. Thus customer satisfaction has improved compared with 2014.

Awards

Dow jones sustainability indices world and europe

In 2015, MAN appeared in the Dow Jones DJSI World and DJSI Europe sustainability indices for the fourth time running, scoring 85 points out of a maximum 100 – a significant improvement over the previous year. Thus MAN still ranks among the top three companies in the industry and is the only German company in its sector to be represented in these indices.

Climate disclosure leadership & climate performance leadership index

Scoring 100 out of 100 possible points in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index, MAN received top grades for transparency and climate protection initiatives. MAN also received an A minus rating in the Climate Performance Leadership Index for past successes in reducing CO2 emissions and for the company’s strategic planning for the future.