SOURCE: Volkswagen of America, Inc.
CHATTANOOGA, TN--(Marketwire - Aug 22, 2012) - Volkswagen Chattanooga has announced that, following an independent audit, the factory has met requirements to receive of the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) 14001:2004 and 50001:2011 certifications.
These certifications recognize an organization's adherence to international standards for energy (ISO 50001) and environmental management (ISO 14001). They are the second and third ISO certificates for Volkswagen Chattanooga, which acquired ISO 9001 certification for quality management in 2011.
Volkswagen Chattanooga is the first Volkswagen facility to receive dual certification and the first automotive company to do so in the first production year.
"The ISO certificates recognize Volkswagen's attention to sound environmental practices and our ongoing sustainability efforts," said Frank Fischer, Volkswagen Chattanooga CEO and Chair. "Here in our 'Think Blue' factory we are constantly striving to reduce energy use and maintain the integrity of the surrounding environment, and our mission has been reaffirmed through this audit."
Think Blue embodies Volkswagen's goal of creating environmentally friendly products and solutions, encouraging more eco-conscious behavior and contributing to a sustainable future. Volkswagen has set a goal that by 2018, the environmental impact of all Volkswagen plants is to be reduced by 25 percent. This applies especially to energy consumption, waste volumes, air-borne emissions, water consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
The ISO 14001:2004 and 50001:2011 audits review organizations' energy and environmental management, including the areas of continuous improvement, regulatory compliance and environmental impact.
The audit, conducted by TUV USA and Germany TUV, recognized the factory as 'a benchmark for first time certification,' citing the factory's hazardous waste management program and future plans for a solar panel farm.
Volkswagen Chattanooga received LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in December 2011, and was named the 2012 Edison Green Award recipient earlier this year.
"Having a certified program is important because it proves our commitment to the environment," said Ron Drumeller, environmental specialist at Volkswagen Chattanooga. "We are proud of this acknowledgement and look forward to future opportunities to enhance our sustainability practices."
About Volkswagen Chattanooga
Volkswagen has invested $1 billion in the local economy for the Chattanooga plant and created more than 3,300 direct jobs in the region. According to independent studies, the new Volkswagen plant is expected to generate $12 billion in income growth and an additional 9,500 jobs related to the project. The Chattanooga manufacturing facility is the world's first automotive manufacturer to receive platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program. The facility manufactures the all-new 2012 Passat sedan, specially designed for the North American market and winner of the Motor Trend magazine 2012 Car of the Year award and several other automotive awards.