Volkswagen Plant continues taking sustainable steps towards environment-friendly manufacturing

Pune 2018. Volkswagen is committed towards environment-friendly manufacturing at all its production sites worldwide. To achieve this, ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ Programme was initiated. This programme measures impact of manufacturing on environment in five key areas: energy consumption, CO2 emissions, water consumption, waste generation & solvent emissions and aims at achieving a reduction of 45% by 2025.

Dr. AndreasLauermann, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limitedsaid, “At Volkswagen, we not only believe in manufacturing great cars but alsofocus on how we manufacture them. Our aim is to produce cars in mostenvironment-friendly way.” He further added, “Our teams at the plant have beenworking relentlessly over the past six years since we adopted this strategy andhave delivered excellent results. We will continue our endeavour in thisdirection in the coming years too and hope to achieve the final goals longbefore 2025.”

The specificresults (reduction per car produced) at the Volkswagen Pune Plant by the end of2017 as compared to the base values from 2011 are as below:

·         Energy consumption reduced by 30.8%

·         CO2 emissions reduced by 31.7%

·         Water consumption reduced by 46.9%

·         Waste generation reduced by 39.4%

·         Solvent emissions reduced by 6.8%

The journeyfor the Volkswagen Pune Plant towards eco-friendly manufacturing has involvedimplementation of a lot of measures in all areas of production as well asoffices. One of the major projects under the ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ programmeat the Pune Plant that has yielded sizeable results last year is the one whereheat is recovered from exhaust gases. The exhaust gases from primer oven inPaint Shop are being tapped and the energy from these gases is being used toheat ambient air supplied to air supply unit in the paint booth – a classiccase of recycling energy that is otherwise lost. Other measures adopted at theVolkswagen Pune Plant in 2017 include optimisation of lighting consumption in thePaint Shop, replacing tube lights with low consumption LED lights, replacingold equipment with low-consumption modern equipment and adoptingenergy-efficient production processes.

In the pastyears, various other projects have been implement in the plant that havecontributed to the combined result seen at the end of 2017. Some of theseprojects include a Biogas Plant for food waste generated in the canteens,Single Stage Base Coat Application during painting process for reducing solventemissions, installation of High Volume Low Speed fans and optimisation ofelectrical equipment operations for lower energy consumption, replacement ofwater faucets with more efficient ones and reuse of waste water in theproduction processes to reduce plant’s water consumption and several moresimilar projects.

Volkswagenhas also established a global knowledge-sharing platform wherein each of itsplants shares its best practices for other plants to adopt. In this manner,every other factory is able to innovate ways of eco-friendly manufacturing andalso use the knowledge from others. Furthermore, Volkswagen Pune Plant haslined up projects for 2018 to make its plant even more efficient in terms ofeffects on environment. Several ideas are under evaluation for implementationall the way till 2025 which will eventually help the company in achieving theultimate goal of 45% reduction.

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