This is the 4th 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 BRAZIL. Host country of passionate soccer matches, for Austrian author Stefan Zweig “A Land of the Future,” and home of Volkswagen do Brasil, the largest vehicle manufacturer and the 2nd largest carmaker in terms of sales.
A country of mighty waters and arid provinces, of deep jungles and wide savannahs.
With its numerous rivers and high gradients, Brazil is the land of renewable energy. Water is a key source of energy in the country. About 80% of the produced energy comes from hydropower. The Volkswagen Group has a significant involvement in these production operations. Volkswagen built the Anhanguera small hydropower plants in collaboration with two local partners. It went on stream in 2010 and has the capacity to feed around 100 gigawatt-hours of electricity into the national grid each year.
A good 18% of the energy used by the four Brasilian Volkswagen plants is covered by this. Another benefit comes along for the province of São Joaquim da Barra. It draws lasting financial benefits from the hydropower plant, which fosters the local economy. There is a 25% increase in the annual tax revenues of the province.
Says Eduardo Barros, Head of Legal Affairs and Board Member of Volkswagen do Brazil responsible for sustainability: “Our long-term aim is to meet up to 80% of our energy requirements from our own sources.”
Read on – or go directly to the new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report