It seems like Volkswagen's New Year's resolution is to become more environmentally friendly, however the company's intention extends beyond 2012. The German automaker is aiming to make car production 25 percent more green and sustainable by 2018.
"Through the growing efficiency and productivity of our plants, the Volkswagen brand is already making a key contribution to the achievements of Group strategic targets for 2018. However, we are going a step further: by 2018, we intend to make production at all our plants 25 per cent more environmentally compatible," said Hubert Waltl, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for Production and Logistics.
VW has already made a commitment to low-emission, fuel efficient vehicles with its Think Blue range of high performance TDI clean diesel fuelled cars. However the company intends to extend this way of thinking to automobile production.
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Volkswagen wants to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions, waste volumes, energy consumption in megawatt-hours per vehicle and overall water use based on 2010 annual values.
"Sustainable, efficient production is a clear competitive advantage," added Prof. Werner Neubauer, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand with responsibility for Components. "With its "Think Blue. Factory." Initiative, the Volkswagen brand is pursuing a clear strategy which pools all environmental activities at our plants throughout the world. Our ambitious targets for sustainable vehicle production have now been defined in a way which is clear and comprehensible for our customers."
Recently VW's Chattanooga plant in Tennessee became the first car factory in the world to receive platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification based on strict sustainable and environmentally compatible production standards.