Another good example of CO2 savings are the halls that have been extended or newly built in the course of the conversion. They were built in accordance with the latest energy saving directive and minimize the consumption of electricity, water and heat according to their use. The use of natural gas – one of the major consumers in production – has also been optimized: During thermal post-combustion in the paint shop, the exhaust gas temperature is now optimized in such a way that it is still high enough for the quality on the one hand, but on the other hand not too much pollutants are blown into the air. Overall, less gas is used.
What cannot be avoided in production in Zwickau is compensated by climate protection projects. Volkswagen is initially concentrating on active forest protection and reforestation in the tropics. The projects are certified to the highest international standards: The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), the Climate Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB) and Gold Standard. With the first project, the “Katingan Mataya Forest Protection Project” on the Indonesian island of Borneo, the company is offsetting the currently unavoidable CO2 emissions generated by ID.3 before it is delivered to customers.
In the Katingan Mentaya project, Volkswagen is working with Permian Global, a project developer in the field of protecting and restoring tropical forests. The project is located in central Kalimantan on the island of Borneo and secures 149,800 hectares of forest on carbon-rich peat soils.
CO2-neutral on the road
The ID.3 not only offers a completely new vehicle concept, but also gives drivers and passengers the opportunity for balance-sheet CO2-neutral mobility. Prerequisite: The battery is consistently charged with renewable electricity. And that at home, as well as on the road. At home, the Volkswagen subsidiary Elli supports the environmentally conscious owners of an ID.3. Elli supplies Volkswagen Naturstrom. This comes from 100 percent renewable energy. Ordering is simple and inexpensive – and guarantees sustainability. TÜV Nord checks the origin of Volkswagen Naturstrom annually. This certifies the neutrality of CO₂ and the electricity purchased from green power plants in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With this green offer, Volkswagen is making it as attractive as possible to switch to an electric car.