Under the South African sun: first CO2-neutral MAN plant
Carefully planned and finally reality: MAN’s first carbon-neutral commercial vehicle plant. Thanks to photovoltaic systems on the productions halls’ roofs in Pinetown, the most southern MAN Truck & Bus site now only runs on regenerative energy. This saves an annual 860 tons in CO2 and constitutes an important step in the implementation of the Climate Strategy throughout the Group.
The new photovoltaic system measures 6,300 square meters – about the size of a soccer field. This system generates up to 810,000 kWh of electricity a year. It supplies enough environmentally friendly energy on site to even leave a surplus that is fed into the local power grid.
With its first carbon-neutral plant, MAN sets the benchmark for sustainable commercial vehicles production in Africa. It is a result of the Green Factory Initiative, containing the comprehensive modernization of the site in South Africa. Skylights and new insulation reduce energy consumption. Rainwater tanks save water and wastewater is recycled.
On a local scale, these measures are an important step forwards in MAN’s global Climate Strategy. MAN has set itself the target of cutting CO2 emissions by 25% by 2020 compared with 2008. This target is now within reach.
Up to the end of 2014, MAN already saved 19%, which equals around 105,000 tons in CO2.