Greener initiatives are in the works for the company, in the form of three new Magna Environmental Principles that went into effect in early 2020 and focus on exceeding regulatory requirements. They include:
Waste management. The goal is for a minimum of 95 percent of all the trash generated by an operation to be diverted away from landfills. This includes finding suitable recycling alternatives, reusing materials and generating energy from waste.
Water conservation. The goal is for Magna to reduce water use by 10 percent over the next 2 years. Divisions are encouraged to create their own program, with guidance and training provided from corporate environmental specialists.
Air pollution controls. The goal is for each Magna location to put controls in place to minimize emissions. “Even if government regulations say everything is fine, we will strive to exceed regulations,” de Meel said.