Volkswagen is investing in increasing energy efficiency and lowering emissions at its factories. The goal of the Zero Impact Factory programme is to cut CO2 emissions per vehicle in production by 50 percent by 2025 as compared to 2015. A good example is offered by the Zwickau factory, where the ID.3 and ID.4 are the first members of the Volkswagen ID. family to roll off the production line and be delivered to customers with a carbon neutral footprint. The principle: Avoiding energy consumption, using renewable energy and offsetting any unavoidable emissions – for example with certified climate change mitigation projects.
The green power generated by hydropower plants, wind farms and solar farms procured by the Zwickau plant from Volkswagen Kraftwerk GmbH makes an important contribution to the decarbonisation of production. Any remaining requirements are covered by the factory's own highly efficient combined heat and power plant, which covers as much as 70 percent of the heating requirements. It is run on natural gas, which is significantly more climate friendly than coal-based power generation. A total of 11 plants around the world have already been using green electricity exclusively since 2020; by 2030 all sites outside of China will be using 100% green energy.
At present, Volkswagen produces its fully electric MEB models at four sites around the world – Zwickau, Dresden plus Anting and Foshan in China. The Škoda plant in Mladá Boleslav has now joined that group by launching MEB production. Anting is dedicated exclusively to the production of electric vehicles and is Volkswagen’s first ever specially built MEB factory. In future, Foshan will be able to produce both combustion-engine-based models and MEB models on the same production line. These four factories can build up to 900,000 vehicles every year. Preparations for the production of MEB vehicles are already underway at the existing sites in Hannover, Emden and Chattanooga (USA).