Volkswagen has set itself some ambitious set of targets concerning environmental imapct of production. The automotive giant plans to make its production process 45% more environment compatible than it was in 2010. The announcement was made by Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Brand Board of Management responsible for Production and Logistics.
"We reached our environmental target of producing our vehicles 25 per cent more sustainable by 2018 before the date set. We now intend to reduce environmental impact by a further 20 per cent by 2025. We are on the way to the resource-optimized factory at all the locations of the brand," he said.
This programme, if ran through successfully, will provide a positive boost for the company's image, which has taken a lot of battering over the 'diesel gate scandal'. Earlier this month, German prosecutors said that they had opened a new investigation into Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Mueller and others over market manipulation in the wake of the emissions scandal.
“The accused are suspected of knowingly delaying telling shareholders about the financial consequences for Porsche SE of software manipulation in diesel vehicles by Volkswagen AG,” the prosecutors in southwestern city Stuttgart said.
'Think Blue. Factory.' was the first Volkswagen launched for environmentally sustainable production, which involved implementation of 5,300 measures to reduce emissions and use resources more efficiently. 16 existing paint shops have been optimized and the base load energy consumption of the plants during non-production times fell by 15 per cent on average.
Eight international locations have taken 100 per cent of their power requirements from renewable sources since the start of the programme. Thanks to lower consumption, the environmental program has already saved more than €130 million in production throughout the world over a period of six years.
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Thomas Ulbrich: "One of the reasons why we are setting ourselves new, higher targets is that our team identifies with our environmental program and is making an outstanding contribution. The results are due to interaction between good ideas of our employees, targeted investments in the latest environmental technology and enthusiasm for process optimizations."