VW WolfsburgGermany – The OEM says it has completed over 2,700 projects and made its production processes 17% more “environmentally compatible” over the past three years. The results were presented by more than 250 experts from 27 plants of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and the company’s Components division.

The objective of ‘Think Blue.Factory’ is to reduce energy and water consumption, waste, CO2 and solvent emissions, by 25% at all VW plants worldwide. A total of 5,000 individual measures will be undertaken by 2018.

“‘Think Blue. Factory.ʼ is and remains the approach we have adopted to achieve the sustainability targets we have set ourselves for production and logistics at the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand by 2018,” said Thomas Ulbrich, member of the board of management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for Production and Logistics. “I am very pleased to see how effectively the methods and processes we have developed together are now being put into practice at our locations.”

Examples of the sustainability measures already implemented include: the reuse in cooling of the water deployed for testing the firefighting system at Curitiba, Brazil; the decreased use of water for vehicle tightness tests at Zwickau, Germany, and Pamplona, Spain; and the reduction in water, energy and lubricant consumpiton at Chemnitz, Germany, by the innovative filtering of cooling emulsion.