Europe’s largest automaker Volkswagen AG on Thursday said that by 2018, the environmental impact of all of its factories is to be reduced by 25 percent.
This applies especially to energy consumption, waste volumes, air-borne emissions, water consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
“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 percent more environmentally compatible,” said Hubert Waltl, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for Production and Logistics.
Only a few weeks ago, the new Volkswagen plant at Chattanooga, Tennessee, was the first automobile factory worldwide to receive platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
The facility was clearly designed from the ground up to have as little environmental impact as possible. To name just a few examples, the factory roof collects rainwater that is used to flush toilets, floor tiles are made out of recycled glass bottles and the LED lights in the parking lot contribute minimal light pollution.
However, Volkswagen isn’t the only automotive player in the LEED game in the U.S. Honda has 11 certified “green buildings” in North America, the most of any automaker, and companies like Audi and Toyota encourage dealers to get the LEED out.
But Volkswagen can be justifiably proud of the accomplishment in Tennessee, since the facility is the “only automotive manufacturing plant in the world to receive the Platinum certification.”