All German-based Mahle plants now carbon neutral amid sustainability push

January 21, 2022

This Mahle filter plant in Austria obtains its electricity from hydropower and other renewable energy sources (Courtesy Mahle)

Mahle Group, a leading automotive supplier headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, reports that in 2021 it reached a milestone on its path to carbon neutrality, with all of its German production facilities now identified as carbon neutral.

As part of a company-wide commitment to sustainability, Mahle has adopted binding reduction targets to reach CO2 neutral production by 2040, including an annual increase of renewable power sources.

“Our technologies are already helping to make individual mobility more efficient, more sustainable, and thus more environmentally friendly,” stated Matthias Arleth, CEO and chairman of the management board at the Mahle Group. “In both the production and administrative areas, we aim to leverage further potential in environmental protection and overall sustainable corporate governance.”

One example is the action area of energy efficiency where, for instance, Mahle is increasingly using self-generated electricity and will in future be able to partially meet its energy needs with solar power from the company’s own photovoltaic systems. This year, the Group will be launching corresponding projects in all regions of the world in which it operates.

Alongside this is a wider adoption of Additive Manufacturing for the company – in mid-2021, for example, a new AM centre was opened in Stuttgart in order to facilitate the accelerated adoption of climate-neutral drive technologies.

The AM centre houses machines, powder preparation modules, a testing laboratory, and a blasting system for post-processing. It is intended for both internal prototype production and customer orders, with industrial serial production capability ramping up in anticipation of Mahle strengthening its role as a development partner in the automotive industry.

Michael Frick, CFO and deputy chairman of the management board, stated at time, “The development of new systems and components has to be much faster today than it was a few years ago, especially when it comes to solutions for sustainable CO2-neutral drive systems. With our new 3D printing centre, Mahle is once again stepping up the pace in its strategic fields – for example, e-mobility.”

The most recent sustainability report can be downloaded here.

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