The General Works Council and the management sign a company agreement of environmental protection. At its core is a set of regulations calling for ecologically responsible dealings with raw material and energy, waste, emissions, water and hazardous substances. The company agreement follows the principle: "Avoid rather than reduce, reduce rather than recycle, recycle rather than dump". All environmental protection measures in the various production plants are to be carried out in cooperation with the General Works Council. The company's Research and Development Department, which works according to these environmental principles, will actively focus on the ecological aspects of the vehicle and the production procedure. The points of concern include the improvement of the petrol and diesel engines, electronic control and steering systems, improved aerodynamics, lightweight construction, recyclability and the use of ecologically safe materials and components like fluorocarbon-free air-conditioning systems and low solvent paints.