Responsible fo more climate protection in China


Following a phase of rapid growth, China is now the world’s second-largest economy. However, economic growth on this scale also presents challenges. Rising CO2 emissions and increased pollution of air, water, and soil are creating a need for industry to comply with stricter environmental management requirements. At the same time, energy shortages are affecting production at many companies. This also applies in the city of Changzhou in Jiangsu province, where the MAN Diesel & Turbo plant is located. Because we are active in the Chinese market, we live up to our responsibility here. We are implementing specific local measures to support the Chinese government’s climate objectives for the year 2015, which the Twelfth Five-Year Plan defines as 17% lower CO2 emissions, 16% less energy, and 30% less water consumption (per unit of industrial output) compared with 2010.

Saving energy at our Changzhou site

In China we are also systematically implementing our Group-wide Climate Strategy. One major element is energy saving in our own production operations. To achieve this in Changzhou, right from the start we invested in efficient production facilities that comply with European standards. Since roughly half the plant’s entire energy consumption comes from the production facilities, that is where we have the greatest potential for savings. We are also investing in the efficiency of our air-conditioning and lighting systems: We have insulated the building and are making increasing use of energy-saving lighting. In order to raise our employees’ awareness of energy efficiency, MAN Diesel & Turbo runs regular training courses in Changzhou. We trained 150 employees in 2012. We also show relevant films in the cafeteria, have put up an energy-saving awareness bulletin board in the break rooms and award the Energy Efficiency Star to employees who make special efforts to achieve savings. To integrate energy efficiency in our production processes we set up the Energy Management Committee at the end of 2012. It serves as the steering committee for all measures and is intended to optimize cooperation among the individual departments.

Networks for more efficiency

MAN Diesel & Turbo serves as an example for other companies in the Changzhou region that are also aiming to improve energy efficiency at their facilities. With this role in mind, in 2010 we joined forces with twelve other companies to establish the Energy Efficiency Network Changzhou. The network enables local businesses to share information about ways and means of saving energy. The result: the “Energy Efficiency Booklet” with 100 bestpractice examples of energy efficiency in production. This booklet also benefits companies outside the network.

An energy-saving awareness bulletin board keeps employees informed about the plant’s energy consumption (photo)
An energy-saving awareness bulletin board keeps employees informed about the plant’s energy consumption.
The Energy Efficiency Star is awarded to employees who have made special efforts to improve energy efficiency (photo)
The Energy Efficiency Star is awarded to employees who have made special efforts to improve energy efficiency.
MAN Diesel & Turbo is investing in efficient production facilities at its Changzhou plant (photo)
MAN Diesel & Turbo is investing in efficient production facilities at its Changzhou plant.