Environmental Stewardship is a fundamental value adopted by the Shyft Group, along with the core values of Sustainability, Health, and Safety. We strive to promote a safe, sustainable, healthy, and secure environment to protect our most important asset – our people.
To achieve our goals, we will:
When considering the impact of our Environmental Stewardship, we take a global approach to our operational footprint and the impact of our practices at each operating location and the combined impact across our locations in the U.S. Each of the locations uses electricity, natural gas, and water and each produces non-hazardous waste. Certain locations are designated small-quantity generators of hazardous waste and volatile organic compounds (VOC), which are tracked in compliance with regulatory permitting requirements.
In alignment with our shared goal of reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) and aligning with the 2˚ C initiative, The Shyft Group is tracking electricity, natural gas and water use, waste generation and GHG emissions.
When reviewing our operations, we categorize activities based on their actual or potential impact on the environment, specifically land, air, water, or a combination thereof. We rate the risk of each factor on a scale of 1–5, in three areas: severity; frequency of occurrence probability; and detectability. Specific actions are developed to minimize our risks to the environment.
RPN Risk Ranking Reference
|5||Violation of regulation or permit, and severe damage to environment|
|4||Violation of regulation or permit and minimal harm to environment|
|3||Excessive release or excessive depletion of resources|
|2||Potential for containable release or restricted to indoors|
|1||Minimal or no environmental impact|
|5||Continuously, constant, or at least once a day|
|4||At least once a week|
|3||At least once a month|
|2||At least yearly but less than monthly|
|1||Less than yearly or unlikely to ever occur|
|5||Not noticeable or requires special instruments|
|4||Unlikely to be detected/detected through monthly tracking|
|3||Likely to be detected throughout day or shift|
|2||Able to be detected rapidly|
With the implementation of our sustainability program, our initial focus was on our operations in Bristol, Indiana and Charlotte, Michigan, which combined represent 80% of our environmental footprint. Baseline data was collected in 2020 and the locations are tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) in 2021 to effectively monitor progress
to yearly improvement goals. Our remaining locations are collecting baseline data in 2021, with a goal of establishing KPI targets for implementation in 2022.
In line with our tracking efforts, we disclose a number of key indicators as follows:
|SIGNIFICANT ASPECT||TOTAL USAGE|
|GHG (Scope 2*)||6,459 Metric Tons|
With regard to waste generated by our operations, we disclose the following:
|SIGNIFICANT ASPECT||TOTAL USAGE|
|Hazardous Waste||40.29 tons|
|Universal Waste||11.35 tons|
|VOC Air Emissions||5.16 tons|
There were no major or minor environmental controversies, spills, or remediation actions required during reporting year 2020.
Upon establishing our baseline measures and KPIs, The Shyft Group has set the following goals toward the broader 2˚ C initiative. The Shyft Group, Inc. has set a minimum annual improvement targets starting in 2021, normalized for the production sales level at each location, as follows:
Performance against the targets will be tracked and reviewed on an ongoing basis, and overall targets will be reviewed on an annual basis.
Climate Accord Scenario – Europe has adopted the Paris Climate Agreement and 2˚ scenario. As the United States adopts the Paris Climate Agreement, the following considerations are being reviewed:
|Legal||Investment will be needed to meet new sustainability initiatives.||1–5 yrs||New programs and policy changes will result from regulatory compliance changes. Investment in low carbon and carbon neutral alternatives to replace current carbon intensive processes.|
|Technology||Low carbon technology will need to be investigated as well as energy reduction initiatives accelerated.||1–5 yrs||Advances in market-ready technology needs to be investigated for rapid deployment.|
|Impact to supplier chassis costs.||3–5 yrs||Continue growing and developing our market EV product lines.|
|Market||Customers may be obligated to move to low carbon to carbon neutral products.||3–5 yrs||Continue to support our customers’ needs for EV transition.|
|Reputation||Providing a EV alternative for customers and having readily available method to meet new regulatory guidelines can help achieve a market advantage over competitors.||Available now||Potential market growth.|
In 2020, The Shyft Group made capital investments of $5.1 million on sustainability initiatives including the following improvements:
The Shyft Group will ensure the environmental policy remains appropriate to the nature, scale, and environmental impacts of its activities, products or services, including commitments to pollution prevention. The Shyft Group will maintain compliance and provide a framework for setting and reviewing environmental objectives and targets by implementing the procedures outlined in this document.