Big Picture: We have several goals, startingwith improving our energy efficiency, toreduce greenhouse gas emissions andengage our people. The key is to have everyemployee in every single location involved,and to do that we have to change themindset. The best way to change the cultureis to help people understand the importanceof their actions today -- even small actionslike turning off lights when not needed – increating a better and more sustainablefuture for all. We also must understand thefull impact of the products we manufactureover the course of its entire life cycle, so wecan provide sustainable solutions toautomakers.
Practical Steps: We have an energychampion at each of our 74 locations, andwe are exceeding our targets of reducingwater, electricity, and natural gasconsumption throughout all Cosma divisionsglobally. We often take walks through ourfacilities to discover new opportunities forsustainability and to raise awarenessthrough conversations with employees alongthe way. This helps people further developtheir sustainability mindset and offers newways to think about how they can contributeat work and in their personal lives.
The Takeaway: Getting everyone engagedand sharing best practices will help usachieve our sustainability vision.
Adriano Lima, Global Operational Excellence andSustainability Manager, Magna Cosma Sustainability GroupLead
Big Picture: Awareness and understandingare the first steps toward sustainability. Itstarts with understanding what kind ofenergy you use, and then tracking it. Then,you can begin to take action and set a target.We’ve spent the better part of a year atMagna Seating studying how to track andreduce energy usage in our 70 plants andfacilities around the world.
The next step is to become knowledgeableabout solutions. I put solar panels in myhome because I wanted to learn aboutthem. It then becomes easier for me tounderstand what we need to do at Magna,as we potentially investigate solar panels inour facilities.
Practical Steps: We are offsettinggreenhouse gases in our facilities, workingon energy-reduction projects, andencouraging everyone to think before theyact. Our energy-saving initiatives start at ourU.S. corporate office for Magna Seating,where we’ve done everything from installingmotion sensors on lighting to using a “smartcontroller” to reduce or eliminate waterusage based on weather conditions.
The Takeaway: Decreasing our carbonfootprint is the right thing to do. It’s just thatsimple to me.
John Oilar, Vice President of Engineering, Magna SeatingSustainability Group Lead
Creating a New Mindset
Big Picture: In the past, we were alwaystalking about division-specific activities tobecome sustainable. Now, we have a realMagna corporate strategy, not just individualprojects. This gives us new opportunities anda new framework for each group to setspecific targets to follow. This is a big steptoward a sustainable future.
These targets help us to create a newmindset for employees, and that’s one of themost important things. People need to bemindful about their contribution toprotecting the planet at home and at work.It’s about the circle of life, and ensuring thatwe leave a better world for futuregenerations.
Practical Steps: Our plan is to show Magnacustomers we are making monthly progresstoward reaching our sustainability targets. Amajor achievement: Our Magna Steyr plantin Graz will achieve carbon neutrality by2022, ahead of our overall corporate CO2goal.
At Steyr, we use geothermal heating andcooling, and electricity that is 100%renewable. In 2021, we started Project CycleChamp, which promotes riding bicycles towork by providing charging stations for e-bikes, a self-repair station and parking slotsfor 900 bikes. We created a wildflowermeadow at our test track and installedbeehives for pollinators
The Takeaway: We are all responsible formeeting our sustainability goals.
Roman Pöltner, Director, InfrastructureManagement and Group HSE, Magna SteyrSustainability Group Lead
Small Steps TowardSustainability Add Up
Big Picture: I’m ecstatic about what Magnais doing for sustainability. We announced ourcarbon-neutral goals ahead of most of ourcompetitors. Now it’s up to us to achievethose lofty goals in a short timeframe. I’mproud to work for this company because weare showing what can be done if we all worktoward one goal. But the challenge is great,especially for Magna Exteriors, which is thesecond largest consumer of energy in thecompany, due to our paint shops andinjection molding.
Practical Steps: We’ve got energy teams atour 58 facilities, and they are focusing on thetop 10 energy consumers at each division,from air compressors and cooling towers topaint shops. By using emerging technology,such as ultrasonic meters, we can locate andrepair air leaks in the system. We areexceeding our goals for an annual reductionin energy consumption at most of ourdivisions. A personal challenge for me:Investigating different promisingtechnologies for getting rid of paint sludge.
The Takeaway: Remember that even littlethings we do, from gardens for pollinators toreduced logistics costs, add up at the end ofthe day.
Kevin Kammerer, Group Environmental and Sustainability Manager,Magna Exteriors Sustainability Group Lead
A Key Part of the Strategy
Big Picture: Running the businesssuccessfully means meeting ourstakeholders’ requirements. We face a hugenumber of varying requirements fromcustomers, investors and regulators as towhat is expected around sustainability. We’vealigned Powertrain’s strategy with Magna’soverall sustainability vision to make adifference with our products, processes andpeople while also addressing the economic,environmental and social aspects importantto all stakeholders.
There are many opportunities to reduce CO2emissions within our own operations andproduction processes, which account for 20to 40% of all emissions. And another 60 to80% of CO2 emissions come from the supplychain, so we must work together with oursuppliers to help them improve as well. Thiscan include the use of recycled materials aswell as improved manufacturing and productdevelopment processes.
Practical Steps: 32 Magna Powertrainlocations are creating their own “energyroadmaps.” We are sharing ideas through aglobal system. With energy conservation andefficiency measures, there are some quicksolutions divisions can employ, such as usingLED lights and heat generated fromproduction processes to heat the building.Preventing compressed air leaks andswitching off machines during off hours canalso provide significant reductions. This sameenergy-conscious mindset can easily beapplied at home as well by turning off lightsor lowering the thermostat in the winter.Whether at work or at home, there aresavings and environmental benefits to begained.
The Takeaway: It’s important to balanceeconomic, environmental and social impactsof what we do at work and at home to besuccessful in becoming more sustainable.
Volker Ludwig, Director, Global Sustainability & EHS,Magna Powertrain Sustainability Group Lead
Sustainability Startsat the Shop Floor
Big Picture: Everybody thinks of sustainability as electricity, water and natural gasconservation. These carry the biggest cost for a company like Magna, but they are only asmall part of the equation. We must think bigger. Sustainability is about making a bettersociety and meeting our needs today, but not sacrificing future generations’ needs.
We’ve been introducing our divisions to the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable DevelopmentGoals (SDGs) and how they can make positive impacts. These SDGs include no poverty orhunger, quality education, gender equality, energy and climate actions, and several otherimportant areas. Following the SDGs will make Magna the best part of our communities.
Practical Steps: We must get down to the shop-floor level on sustainability. We needpeople participating in charity drives, tree planting and energy “treasure hunts,” where youcan hear, see and sense the things that are drawing energy. On a recent “treasure hunt” atTechform in Ontario, multiple people from several departments came up with $60,000 inimprovements by changing behaviors and practices in many areas.
We have a new matrix or scorecard that tracks how the 48 MML and Electronics divisionsare improving each month as they adhere to the UN’s SDGs. In addition, we have set a goalof a minimum of five energy projects per year for each division.
The Takeaway: Don’t compromise the future by your actions today.
Darren Charbonneau, Global Lean Manufacturingand Sustainability, Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors andLighting Sustainability Group Lead