Annual conference to further Volkswagen Group commitment towards environmental issues

With greater emphasis being shown towards improving the environment and conservation of energy, Volkswagen Group has organized a two day conference to discuss how sustainability targets planned by them for 2018 can be achieved. Conservation of resources and reduction in energy consumption will be the primary aim of this convention at which 400 environmentalist are expected to attend.

The conference is being held at AutoUni in Wolfsburg and major issues in achieving targets set by Volkswagen at their 94 plants worldwide will be discussed. Among Volkswagen plans are reduction of CO2 emissions by the EU27 vehicle fleet by 30% by 2015 is the primary aim. This will ensure that the brand emits below 120g of CO2 per km.

Every new and upcoming model of the company will also average 10% to 15% less auto emission than its previous model and this will help in ensuring that the company reaches its goals by 2018. These goals will be followed by all Volkswagen plants such as the Palmela Plant in Portugal, wherein the company plans on converting waste heat to energy for spray booths.

At the Volkswagen Emden Plant sensors are installed to measure air quality and regulate ventilation system. This results in lower CO2 emissions by 27000 metric tons. An electric power station is also installed at the Polkowice Plant in Poland which supplies the plant with 100% carbon neutral power. These measures will soon be followed in all Volkswagen plants and will be discussed at the convention.

News release: Volkswagen firms up Group environmental strategy
Annual conference in Wolfsburg attended by 400 environment experts from the Group

Global implementation of sustainability strategy – significant contribution to energy transition in Germany

Structured programs to conserve resources and reduce energy consumption

Volkswagen is introducing the next steps on its way to becoming the world’s leading automaker in ecological terms. A two-day conference that begins today at the AutoUni in Wolfsburg brings together 400 environment experts from the Group to discuss how the ambitious sustainability targets set for 2018 can be achieved at all of the Group’s 94 sites worldwide.

The Volkswagen Group gave the go-ahead for a fundamental ecological restructuring at the Geneva International Motor Show. Among other things, CO2 emissions by the EU27 new vehicle fleet are to be reduced by 30 percent by 2015, taking the brand below the 120 grams CO2 per kilometer threshold. Every new model generation is to be on average 10 to 15 percent more efficient than its predecessor and there is to be a 25 percent improvement in the environmental compatibility of production in the Volkswagen Group by 2018.

According to Wolfram Thomas, Group Chief Officer for the Environment, Energy and New Business Areas, these plans are now being firmed up by synchronizing the strategy and defining individual pathways for each of the 94 sites worldwide. Speaking at the opening session he said: “Based on the present environmental knowledge of our brands we already possess all the prerequisites for also taking the ecological lead in the global automotive sector by 2018. The secret lies in the efficient networking of our experts all over the world.”

Ulla Ihnen, State Secretary at Lower Saxony’s Ministry of the Environment, added. “Volkswagen has anchored sustainable action throughout the entire value chain and makes a significant contribution to the energy transition in Germany through investment in renewable energies. The government of Lower Saxony is proud and grateful that Volkswagen attaches such great importance to environmental protection and sustainability throughout the Group.”

Günter Damme, Head of Environmental Affairs at Group Research, commented: “We are using the opportunity offered by the conference to firm up the Group’s plans so that we can achieve our ambitious environmental targets.” He cited the Volkswagen brand’s “Think Blue. Factory.” program as an example of efforts within the Group.

The Volkswagen plants share their existing knowledge under a structured expert exchange: The Palmela plant in Portugal, for example, converts waste heat which was previously simply vented to atmosphere into energy for the spray booths. At the Emden plant, sensors permanently measure air quality and regulate the ventilation system, thus reducing annual CO2 emissions by 2,700 metric tons. A hydroelectric power station in Polkowice, Poland, supplies the plant there with 100 percent carbon-neutral power. The next stage involves reviewing the extent to which such measures can be transferred to other Volkswagen plants.

Optimizing the environmental impact of a vehicle during all the stages of its life cycle is another subject of intensive discussion at the Group Environmental Conference with the debate focusing on the entire span from product development through procurement and production to logistics, sales, customer use and recycling.