The Green Way to more Blue Sky
Green Track 2019 – Which environmental regulations are new in China? What do Mercedes-Benz Cars suppliers have to bear in mind?
China fights for the blue sky. The “Blue Sky Initiative”, a three-year plan approved by the Chinese Cabinet, aims to improve air quality. Among other things, sulfur and nitrogen oxides emissions are to be reduced. This has an impact on industry and commerce and thus also on the supplier industry. Mercedes-Benz Cars informed about what exactly has to be considered at the Green Track Forum in the Motorworld Stuttgart, within sight of the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant. 200 suppliers came.
“It is not enough to talk about it, sustainability is a must”. Wilko Stark, Member of the Board of Management Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement & Supplier Quality, made it clear in his opening speech where the Green Track leads. 100 percent sustainability in the entire supply chain. Those who want to operate successfully in China in the long term must do their homework and always be prepared for everything. Mu Wen, Executive Vice President Purchasing & Supplier Management at the Daimler Joint Venture Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC), added: “The automotive industry is heavily affected by the new regulations.” The requirements of the Blue Sky Initiative are to be taken seriously. Not someday, but right now. “Environmental protection is more than just a phrase” said Marcus Grund, Executive Vice President Daimler Greater China, Mercedes-Benz Cars. Grund used examples to illustrate how sustainability regulations are implemented by suppliers in China. Joerg Burzer, Head of Quality Management Mercedes-Benz Cars emphasized the importance of quick implementation regarding quality: “Environmental protection already has to be considered in early research and development phases to receive environmental certificates for our cars.”
In order to reduce environmental pollution, reduction targets have been defined in the Blue Sky Initiative. This is not only a matter of reducing the use of coal, but also of fighting other pollutants. This affects Beijing and Tianjin as well as 26 other cities in the provinces of Hebei, Shanxi, Shandong and Henan. Since trust is good, but control is better, the Chinese government regularly carries out strict environmental audits. Failure to comply with the regulations can result in penalties for companies, including immediate closure. At the Green Track Forum, experts from Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement & Supplier Quality (MP) and BBAC, as well as the certification and consulting companies Dekra and Greenment, provided information on how best to implement the new regulations.
The framework is set, now it’s a matter of immediately embarking on the green path, of treading the “Green Track” together. Mercedes-Benz Cars with its suppliers. Step by step to more blue sky.