Volkswagen has announced a series of ambitious goals to become more environmentally responsible – including a new program that will see a lineup of more efficient vehicles and more sustainable production at its plants all over the world. As part of its “Think Blue. Factory.” initiative, the environmental impact of all Volkswagen plants will be reduced by 25 percent by 2018. In specific terms, that means 25 percent less energy and water consumption, waste, and emissions. The automaker also plans to develop a more efficient vehicle lineup with reduced emissions by 2016.

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“Through the growing efficiency and productivity of our plants, the Volkswagen brand is already making a key contribution to the achievements of group strategic targets for 2018. However, we are going a step further: by 2018, we intend to make production at all our plants 25 percent more environmentally compatible,” said Hubert Waltl, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.

“Sustainable, efficient production is a clear competitive advantage,” added Prof. Werner Neubauer, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand with responsibility for components. “With its “Think Blue. Factory.” Initiative, the Volkswagen brand is pursuing a clear strategy which pools all environmental activities at our plants throughout the world. Our ambitious targets for sustainable vehicle production have now been defined in a way which is clear and comprehensible for our customers.”

Volkswagen will be spending well over two-thirds of its entire €62.4 billion investment program for the coming five years to develop a new European vehicle lineup with CO2 emissions that will be reduced by some 30 percent during the period from 2006 to 2015 – emissions will be below the threshold of 120 grams CO2/km for the first time by 2015. The automaker also claims that every new model generation will on average be 10 to 15 percent more efficient than its predecessor.

We’re already beginning to see what those future models will look like with the upcoming introduction of the 2013 Jetta Hybrid this fall and the electric Golf that will arrive by the end of next year. The Volkswagen Group will also release even more all-electric or partially-electric vehicles like the plug-in hybrid Audi models.

Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Volkswagen Group Board of Management recently stated, “Our declared goal is to make Volkswagen the leading automaker in ecological terms…”

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