“Clean Air” is more than just a slogan: MTU Aero Engines AG publishes its sixth sustainability report

Munich, July 2, 2017 - According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a new record 4.1 billion passengers took to the sky onboard scheduled flights last year, which marked an increase of 7.1 percent compared with 2016. This growth poses new challenges for MTU Aero Engines. Germany’s leading engine manufacturer is making every effort to minimize fuel burn, carbon footprint and noise of aero engines, as detailed in the company’s sustainability report for the year 2017, which has just been released. It is for the sixth time now that MTU has prepared this publication on its sustainability performance. 

“Clean Air Engine“ is MTU’s technology agenda that outlines what the company will do, in the period up to 2050, to make its contribution to a sustainable development of the environment and society. “For us, ‘Clean Air’ is more than just a slogan. Our objective is to cut aircraft engine CO2 emissions by up to 40 percent and noise emissions by as much as 65 percent. We are confident that we will reach these goals,” says MTU CEO Reiner Winkler. As things stand today, the innovative PW1000G-family geared turbofan engine already reduces CO2 emissions by 16 percent and noise by 40 percent compared with conventional turbofans and has entered revenue service with around 20 customers. 

MTU faces up to the challenges posed by climate change and scarce resources not just when it comes to taking responsibility for its products, but along the entire value chain. “Clean Air Industrial Site is the name of our program launched to reduce CO2 emissions at our Munich facility by 25 percent. On our production shop floors, we make sure we have energy-efficient, low-emission processes in place, and are working to improve them continuously. With our state-of-the-art cogeneration plant, we now produce even more of the electricity we need without harming the climate,” says Lars Wagner, MTU Aero Engines Chief Operating Officer.

MTU’s corporate social responsibility is one of the tenets in its mission statement, the MTU Principles. In 2017, MTU supported almost 60 projects and organizations in communities near its company locations. A case in point is a public children’s playground (dubbed MTUlandia) built by MTU Aero Engines Polska employees in Rzeszów. In another initiative, employees of MTU Aero Engines North America volunteer to prepare a community meal once a month for people in need in and around East Hartford.

Since 2011, MTU has been reporting on its broad corporate social responsibility strategy and the progress made in an annual sustainability report. The sixth sustainability report with its roughly 100 pages refers to the year 2017 and has been prepared in accordance with the UN Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G4) standards. It covers the activities of all fully consolidated companies of the MTU Group and supplements MTU’s first non-financial statement in the 2017 Annual Report.

The 2017 Sustainability Report, which is available in German and in English, can be downloaded in PDF format from MTU Aero Engines’ website:


About MTU Aero Engines

MTU Aero Engines AG is Germany's leading engine manufacturer. The company is a technological leader in low-pressure turbines, high-pressure compressors, turbine center frames as well as manufacturing processes and repair techniques. In the commercial OEM business, the company plays a key role in the development, manufacturing and marketing of high-tech components together with international partners. Some 30 percent of today’s active aircraft in service worldwide have MTU components on board. In the commercial maintenance sector the company ranks among the top 5 service providers for commercial aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines. The activities are combined under the roof of MTU Maintenance. In the military arena, MTU Aero Engines is Germany's industrial lead company for practically all engines operated by the country's military. MTU operates a network of locations around the globe; Munich is home to its corporate headquarters. In fiscal 2016, the company had a workforce of some 10,000 employees and posted consolidated sales of approximately five billion euros.