Porsche ZuffenhausenGermany – Assessors from TÜV Süd have again certified the OEM’s facilities at Zuffenhausen, Sachsenheim and Weissach according to ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 as well as the European Eco-management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

Zuffenhausen, which has been rated by EMAS since 1996, is currently building a new engine plant at the 28-hectare Plant 4, due for completion by 2018. Porsche announced that the site has now received a “pre-certificate in gold” from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). With a scoring system based on 40 criteria, the vehicle-maker won top points for ecological, economic, technological and process quality, especially workplace design. Zuffenhausen also houses a training centre with four renewable energy systems which mean that energy requirements are 30% below federal government guidelines.

In addition, water consumption for the circuit at Porsche’s Leipzig plant has been reduced by the use of a rainwater cistern and a recycling system. Meanwhile, the new Porsche Centre at Adlershof in Berlin has installed a 25-metre photovoltaic pylon capable of generating up to 14,000kWh per year.

Porsche says it “takes care to ensure a sustainable use of resources and applies the highest standards in environmental and energy management”. According to the OEM, this extends to its product strategy, with emissions and consumption reduced by 10-15% “with each successive model generation”.