Award for the Munich Business Climate Pact
Large locally based companies reduce CO2 emissions
(April 4, 2019) The Munich Business Climate Pact, an association of 15 large, locally based companies initiated by the City of Munich, was singled out as an “Exceptionally Innovative Network” at the annual convention of the “Initiative Energieeffizienz-Netzwerke” during this year's HANNOVER MESSE .
In the period from 2015 through 2017, the companies' commitment to this voluntary pact led to the avoidance of 48,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Picture: Hanover, April 3, 2019: Representatives of the City of Munich and two companies accepted the award on behalf of the Munich Business Climate Pact. Left to right: Dr. Sebastian Schunk, Siemens AG, Dr. Ursula Triebswetter, City of Munich, Dr. Albert Baur, sustainable ag, Dr. Karin Jenuwein, MAN Truck & Bus SE and Peter Attin, MAN SE
The Munich Business Climate Pact is one of the more than 200 energy efficiency networks in Germany. The networks project was launched in December 2014 in response to an initiative by federal government and leading German business associations. This is the second award won by Munich's commitment to environmental protection and climate change mitigation, following on from the prize presented last year to the city's ECOPROFIT association.
“We are pleased about this award. It's nice for the success of the Munich Business Climate Pact to receive this recognition,” said Clemens Baumgärtner, Head of the Department of Labor and Economic Development. “It is fair to say that Munich is a role model. The Climate Pact is a strong network backed by key corporate players in our city. It makes a major contribution to achieving the City of Munich's climate policy targets.”
The City of Munich (the network's support organization) and consultancy Sustainable AG (the network moderator) took receipt of the prize in Hanover together with representatives of MAN and Siemens, acting on behalf of all the companies involved in the Climate Pact.
“We are proud that MAN was able to make an important contribution to the goals of the Munich Business Climate Pact,” said Peter Attin, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility at MAN. “We are an industrial company with a large footprint in Munich, and we stand by our responsibility to mitigate climate change. This award spurs us on to continue with our efforts.”
Jenny Bofinger-Schuster, Senior Vice President Sustainability and Cities: "Siemens was one of the first large industrial corporations to set itself the goal of carbon-neutrality by 2030. It is therefore only logical that the newly built Siemens headquarters in the heart of Munich's city center meets the highest standards of ecofriendliness and energy efficiency. That in itself contributes to achieving the goals of the Munich Business Climate Pact."
About the Munich Business Climate Pact
“Effective climate policy needs pioneers.” This was the motto that, in July 2016, brought 15 large Munich companies together to form the Munich Business Climate Pact. The move came in response to an appeal by the Department of Labor and Economic Development, headed by Josef Schmid, who at the time was the city's Deputy Mayor. On a voluntary basis, the companies committed to working together to reduce carbon emissions by at least 40,000 tonnes. The impact on mitigating climate change was calculated individually for each specific measure: Participant companies were allowed to include measures implemented during the first phase of the Munich Business Climate Pact (2015-2017) and within the geographic area covered by the City of Munich. Total savings of over 48,000 tonnes of CO2 actually exceeded the original target.
The following companies are participating in the “Munich Business Climate Pact” energy efficiency network: Allianz SE, Bayerische Landesbank, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), BayWa AG, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, HypoVereinsbank UniCredit Bank AG, Knorr-Bremse AG, Linde AG, MAN SE, MTU Aero Engines AG (a member of the national network under the aegis of a different project), Munich Re, OSRAM Licht AG, Siemens AG, Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG and Telekom Deutschland GmbH.
The Climate Pact is supported by two cooperation partners: municipal utility company Stadtwerke München Gmbh (SWM) and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria (IHK). The Munich Business Climate Pact is one aspect of local government's urban climate policy program (IHKM: an integrated program of actions to mitigate climate change in Munich), which is coordinated by the Department of Health and Environment.