Environment

Operational Sustainability

All over the world, Volkswagen Group is committed to limiting the impact of our operations on the environment and creating the safest working environment possible for our employees.
Here in America, we’re proving our dedication to sustainability every day:

  • Our headquarters building in Herndon, Va., has been recognized with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver-level certification for innovative use of lighting, water and materials, as well as overall sustainability strategies.
  • Built on the site of an abandoned WWII explosives manufacturing facility, our LEED®-aggressive assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. is loaded with green features. The $1 billion energy-saving facility begins production in 2011 with an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles designed for the United States. Thirty percent will be powered by Volkswagen’s TDI® Clean Diesel technology. Not only does increasing our stateside production bring economic development and jobs to the area, it also saves on transportation. In fact, 85 percent of the vehicles produced will be transported by rail.
  • Our parts distribution centers across the US incorporate unique features such as skylights, advanced fluorescent lighting and equipment chargers to help reduce electricity consumption wherever possible.
  • And at VW Credit, Inc., we’re encouraging customers to move to paperless invoice statements. If just 20,000 credit customers make the switch, the carbon offset is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from 220,000 gallons of gasoline.