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Volkswagen Pune Plant reduced water consumption by 17%

Volkswagen Pune Plant reduced water consumption by 17%
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Friday 26 February 2016, 16:09 PM

Volkswagen Pune Plant in 2015 under its ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ programme achieved sustainability through environment-friendly manufacturing. Since adopting the programme in 2012 at the Pune Plant, Volkswagen India has been able to reduce the overall impact on environment due to manufacturing processes by 20.6%. Pune Plant is one of the 27 Volkswagen automotive manufacturing facilities worldwide that follow the ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ and which have a combined target of reduction of 25% in the defined areas of ‘Energy Consumption’, ‘CO2Emissions’, ‘Water Consumption’, ‘Waste Generation’ and ‘VOC Emissions’.

Volkswagen Pune Plant has achieved 27.5% reduction in specific ‘Energy Consumption’ and 26.1% reduction in specific ‘CO2Emissions’ by the end of 2015. Maximum reduction in these areas has come out of the heat recovery system installed in Paint Shop. This system has resulted in 80% saving in natural gas requirement for hot water generation which ultimately contributed reducing energy consumption and CO2emissions. The other activities included additional LEDs replacing normal tube lights in shop areas, optimisation of air handling units and roof extractor operation. Even the operations of some of the utility equipment have been optimised to achieve reduction in energy consumption and thus CO2emissions.

The specific consumption of water at the Volkswagen Pune Plant has been reduced by 17.6% since the implementation of ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ programme. Process optimisations and recycling of water consumed for various processes in the plant have been the contributors in reducing the water consumption.

 

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