This is the 5th part of a series on highlights from the brand-new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report 2013 - the summary of our efforts to strike a balance between resource efficiency, economic stability, and social responsibility.
This week, we focus on eco-friendly production and resource efficiency. These topics will shift even further into the spotlight at the Volkswagen Group. The reason is that we take a holistic approach to sustainability. Clean car, clean plant, clean process chain. One goal: By 2018, the Volkswagen Group is aiming to have cut specific energy and water requirements, waste volume and CO2 and solvent emissions (VOC) per vehicle or component by 25%, compared with the 2010 baseline.
This goal applies across the board to all the Group’s production sites, and builds on the general production process requirements defined in the Group’s environmental principles.
The overarching aim is to minimize the environmental impacts of production. Moreover, the sparing use of energy and raw materials makes a major and growing contribution to cost-effectiveness.
By the end of 2013 the Group was already half-way to our goal, having cut the environmental impacts of production by 12.5%. This was broken down as follows:
- energy consumption: –12.5 %
- CO2 emissions: –19.5 %
- water consumption: –4.6 %
- solvent emissions: –12.3 %
- waste for disposal: –13.8 %
Read on – or go directly to the new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report