July 14, 2014

Volkswagen's environmental programme 'Think Blue. Factory.' wins National Energy Globe Award Germany

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has won the National Energy Globe Award Germany for its holistic environmental programme 'Think Blue. Factory.' Earning particular recognition was its eco-friendly use of resources in production. With the Austrian Energy Globe
Foundation as its patron, the award allows outstanding projects from all over the world with a focus on conserving resources, energy efficiency and using renewable energies to be honoured every year. The award was presented by the Austrian ambassador Dr. Ralph Scheide in Berlin.

"Being awarded the National Energy Globe Award Germany is both an endorsement and an incentive for us to organise vehicle production at Volkswagen in an even more environmentally friendly way," said Peter Bosch, Head of Strategy, Processes and Structures for Production and Logistics at the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand at the awards ceremony in the Austrian embassy in Berlin.

'Think Blue. Factory.' is Volkswagen's environmental programme, designed to help it to become a leader in ecological sustainability in production by 2018. A key objective is to restructure the plants to make them 25 per cent more friendly to the environment compared to 2010 - in terms of energy and water consumption, CO2 and solvent emissions, as well as waste. And Volkswagen is making substantial progress: half of these objectives have already been implemented.

"The success of 'Think Blue. Factory' owes a lot to the commitment of our employees in particular. Numerous ideas and experiences from the production locations are being consistently developed and refined, in particular thanks to the systematic exchange of information among each other. This allows us to turn our knowledge into a tool," said Friedrich-Wilhelm Gundlach, Head of Strategy and Competence Development of the Components Management area.


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