Lowering the atmospheric emissions from our plants is a constant task and a challenge for our plant and facility planning teams and our daily operations. Of particular importance here are the VOCs that are produced in our paint shops, the nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide emissions from our furnaces and energy generation systems, and particulate matter, for example from the welding smoke exhaust units in our body-in-white area and from our energy generation systems.
Examples of our eﬀorts to reduce VOC emissions in our Sindelﬁngen plant include a public-law contract that allows for emissions of less than 20 g/square meter of painted surfaces (as opposed to the legal maximum of less than 35 g/square meter). Our real emissions in this area are actually signiﬁcantly lower. We are also lowering emissions of nitrogen oxides and in particular sulfur oxides through the utilization of natural gas instead of the heating oil that was previously used.