Responsibility as an opportunity

Dialogue and partnerships are crucial in order to be able to deal with the ever-increasing consequences of climate change on a society-wide basis. IAV took part in the Vision 2045 Summit held in parallel with the World Climate Summit (COP26) and shared insights with leading companies on sustainable solutions for the future.

Marc Sens and Alexander Schlegel on the Vision 2045 Summit and the further development of sustainability at IAV

Participants of the Vision 2045 Summit in Edinburgh were representatives of different companies, e.g. Microsoft, Siemens Energy or Boeing. IAV was the only engineering partner on site. “The aim was to exchange ideas and open up areas for cooperation in order to jointly find innovative approaches with which we can protect our planet,” says Marc Sens, Head of Powertrain Advanced Development at IAV.

In addition to economic and social aspects, the focus was also on ecological aspects in light of the World Climate Summit. “The results of the World Climate Summit fell short of society’s expectations across the board. Now it is up to business actors to take action. IAV is making its contribution and sees this as an opportunity to act as a pioneer,” says Alexander Schlegel, Sustainability Manager at IAV.

Marc Sens at the Vision 2045 Summit in Edinburgh

What was the framework of the Vision 2045 Summit?

Sens: The event was set in the context of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals embrace sustainability in all aspects: From climate action to fair working conditions and gender equality. There was a panel discussion on each of the goals, which allowed for a focused exchange.

What were the most important insights?

Sens: The diversity of perspectives on the same sustainable aspect was remarkable. For example, many discussions addressed the need for a sustainable energy supply. This affects every industry. That is why it is important to work out solutions together to use energy efficiently and to integrate it sensibly into value chains. For IAV, this offers several levers at once, as we bring both energy and mobility solutions to bear with our broad portfolio.

«Holistic solutions are not only demanded by the market, but are also necessary in the context of sustainability.»

Alexander Schlegel — Sustainability Manager at IAV

Where does IAV stand on sustainability and how will you move forward?

Schlegel: In terms of environmental protection at our sites, we have been able to reduce our CO2 emissions in Germany by around 45% since 2018. With our portfolio, we also promote sustainability among our customers, for example in the area of renewable energies and alternative drives: Our Quarter Energy Management System (QEMS) regulates a climate-friendly energy supply, with the modular e-kit we make the development of e-vehicles more sustainable, and with the battery in ECO design we increase recyclability. All these solutions are based on the spirit of research and the enthusiasm for technology of our workforce. That is why we are also committed to fair working conditions, high-quality training, and diversity and equal opportunities.

Sens: I see many opportunities in the efficient use of energy. After all, renewable energies will not be available in sufficient quantities in the short term. This will also have a significant impact on the reduction of CO2 emissions. Current climate protection targets are based on technologies that have yet to be developed or improved. Technological know-how is therefore important, which we at IAV can offer and contribute in many sectors.

About IAV's contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

IAV’s business activities support the United Nations SDGs adopted in September 2015. The SDGs are primarily aimed at states, but the participation of industry will also be crucial to achieve the goals. We actively take responsibility and apply our innovative strength to sustainable progress. The focus is on those SDGs that significantly affect our value proposition and where we have a high impact: