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Photo: VW Amarok 3,0l TDI and VW T6 Multivan KR/LR 2,0l TDI
VW Amarok 3.0 TDI (SCR BMT) – fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 8.6 / extra-urban 7.3 / combined 7.8; CO2 emissions in g/km: 204-203 (combined); CO2 efficiency class: D

VW T6 Multivan KR/LR 2.0 TDI/TSI (SCR/BMT/4MOTION) – fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 12.4-6.4 / extra-urban 7.9-5.1 / combined 9.4-5.7; CO2 emissions in g/km: 216-149 (combined); CO2 efficiency class: D-A

Global challenges are creating an ever-growing raft of problems for our society and our environment, amid constantly evolving legal and regulatory requirements. These changes have a tangible impact on companies, and their stakeholders expect solutions.

At Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, we are tackling these challenges head-on. We are actively committed to passing on an intact and healthy living and working environment to future generations, while at the same time also securing a strong future for our own company.

The Volkswagen Group aims to become a world-leading provider of sustainable mobility. This ambitious goal can only be achieved if all our brands work closely together.

With our vehicles and services, we are the Group’s only brand offering tailor-made transport solutions in the light commercial vehicle market. As a company whose vision it is to offer world-leading transport solutions to our customers, we have a responsibility to help the Group achieve its targets as efficiently and effectively as possible. Our main focus here will be on addressing the global challenges of urbanization and climate change, these being the two areas where we add the most value for our customers, society and the environment.

Sustainability is a top priority at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. The Brand Board of Management meets twice yearly to formulate a CSR roadmap and decide on focus topics. All departments in the company, from procurement and human resources to production and logistics, take part in regular Steering Group meetings in which they set common, binding targets. During these meetings, corporate responsibility acts as the common framework for processes and projects.

2015 Highlights

“New fuel consumption benchmark – Caddy 4 and T6 models improve efficiency by up to 15%”

VW T6 California Beach / Ocean / Coast 2.0 TDI/TSI – fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 12.6-6.8 / extra-urban 8.1-5.6 / combined 9.6-6.2; CO2 emissions in g/km: 219-163 (combined); CO2 efficiency class: D-A

New Caddy and T6 are Latest Milestones in Continuous CO2 Reduction

One of Volkswagen’s goals is to make every new model 10-15% more fuel-efficient than its predecessor. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has adopted the same target, and raised the bar once again with the new engines in the Caddy 4 and T6 models. The fuel consumption of the new Caddy has been reduced by up to 15% compared with its predecessor, which is reflected in a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 30 g/km. The engine range includes a 3-cylinder TSI unit and a natural gas engine in the Caddy TGI. Meanwhile, fuel efficiency in the T6 range has been improved by 15% on average. BlueMotion Technology, including the start-stop system, is standard on these models.

“Think Blue. Factory.”: Energy Consumption Falls to 10-Year Low

In 2015, the Hanover site reduced its energy consumption to the lowest level in 10 years – despite the increase in production volumes. The annual energy savings are equivalent to the average annual energy consumption of 12,000 households and have led to a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions. Even when adjusted for weather effects, i.e. eliminating any improvements attributable to factors such as mild winter weather, in 2014 the Hanover plant reduced its energy consumption to the lowest level in 10 years.

Key measures that have contributed to these “Think Blue. Factory.” successes include:

  • more energy-efficient production systems,
  • more modern ventilation technology, consuming less energy, and
  • the systematic out-of-hours shutdown of production equipment and infrastructure.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ “BulliGarten”

Since 2015, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has been offering child daycare and kindergarten facilities in close proximity to the plant. As an attractive, popular employer, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has thus made it easier for employees to combine their work and family responsibilities. The “BulliGarten” – a reference to the famous VW camper’s German nickname – caters to employees’ children as well as other children in the city. A total of 64 places are available for employees’ children, comprising 39 crèche places for children aged 0-3 and 25 kindergarten places for children aged 3-6. The “BulliGarten” also provides 30 public crèche places for Hanover residents.

Opening hours are from 5.30h to 18.30h. The early opening time is unusual, and allows the center to look after children of employees working on early shifts. The “BulliGarten” offers a distinctive program based on selected pedagogical principles, including the Pikler-Hengstenberg movement concept, the Toy-Talk learning through play program for introducing young children to the English language, animal-based teaching, and scientific experimentation based on the German “Tiny Tots Science Corner” initiative. Featuring a “water world”, an indoor play area, a children’s kitchen and a creative corner, the facilities are spacious, offering plenty of room for other learning through play activities. These areas give the children plenty of opportunities for sensory, social, physical and emotional development. The staff-child ratio exceeds statutory requirements.

Other Projects

Revitalization of Lake Swarzedz – Pike Release

Excessive nutrient supply has caused a sharp deterioration in water quality in Lake Swarzędz, Poland, due to eutrophication. To tackle the problem, VW Poznań launched an initiative to revitalize the lake by “bio-manipulation”. This involved restocking the lake with pike, which were released with the help of enthusiastic pupils from local primary schools and scientists from the Poznań University of Life Sciences The reason for selecting pike is that they prevent populations of plankton-eating fish from increasing, resulting in a long-term improvement in lake aeration. Oxygen supply is further improved by the wind-driven aerator installed in the lake four years ago by the town of Swarzędz and Volkswagen Poznań. Scientific analyses have already shown a significant improvement in water quality.

High-Efficiency Environmental Solutions at New Września Plant

In accordance with the “Think Blue. Factory.” strategy, the new Crafter plant being constructed in Września, approximately 50 km from Poznań, was planned and built in line with Volkswagen’s strict environmental standards.

From an environmental standpoint, one of the highlights here is the paintshop, which is exceptionally resource-efficient and consumes remarkably little energy, water and materials. Paint is applied automatically, by 36 robots. Efficient, high-speed rotating atomizers and color changers use much less paint than conventional systems. Process air in paint booths is scrubbed using a dry separation system, reducing energy consumption in the booth by up to 60%. No water or chemicals are required, and process air volumes are reduced as well. A new system for energy-optimized spray booth air conditioning is also in operation. The body dryers are equipped with energy-saving heat recovery technology. The body shop uses the latest, most energy-efficient robots and state-of-the-art laser technology that is substantially more efficient.

The factory buildings and infrastructure are also being constructed in accordance with Volkswagen’s strict environmental criteria. Ventilation technology and energy media supply will also meet high standards of efficiency, while the lighting system will make use of natural daylight and LED technology.

Municipal Fleets in Hanover-Braunschweig-Göttingen-Wolfsburg Metropolitan Region Order 25 e-load up! Vehicles

More and more municipal fleet operators are opting for the e-load up! from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. 25 of these highly maneuverable electric vehicles have now been delivered to the Association of Municipalities of the Hanover-Braunschweig-Göttingen-Wolfsburg Metropolitan Region. The electric vans are on a three-year lease from VW Leasing.  Eight vehicles have gone to smaller municipalities who are joint partners in grid operator Netzgesellschaft Hildesheimer Land. “As a small, zero-emission commercial vehicle offering excellent drivability, the e-load up! is a natural choice for municipal fleets and will play a pioneering role in future urban transport,” says Dr. Susanne Leifheit, member of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles General Secretariat. The e-load up! has a load space of 990 liters, a payload capacity of 285 kilograms and a driving range of up to 160 km. The underfloor lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 18.7 kWh. The e-load up! can be charged to 80% capacity in 30 minutes. Powered by a 60 kW/82 hp electric motor, the agile van accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 12.4 seconds. Its top speed is 130 km/h.

Collaboration between power companies/grid operators and municipalities is widely regarded as an especially promising model for the municipal use of electric vehicles.

The members of the Association of Municipalities involved in the project are advised on the development and implementation of local initiatives to promote the use of electric vehicles by the Metropolitan Region’s “Amt electric” office. This office is headed by Sabine Flores, Executive Director of the Association of Municipalities, who also coordinates this project on behalf of the towns, municipalities and districts. “Following our positive experience with 150 Volkswagen e-up! cars, which between them have already covered 750,000 kilometers, it’s now time to put the van model into service as well,” says Flores. “Climate-friendly vehicles that are practical and easy to drive are just what we need for municipal purposes.”

The existing fleet of 150 e-up! cars is also part of this project. The vehicles are already operating in 80 municipalities. The project is being sponsored under the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure’s “Electric Mobility Showcase” program, and experience to date has been so positive that the Ministry has now stepped up its funding.

Stakeholder Dialog

“Urban Logistics” Pilot Project

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles maintains a continuous dialog with the City of Hanover and the Hanover-Braunschweig-Göttingen-Wolfsburg Metropolitan Region. One example is the joint “Urban Logistics” pilot project involving the City, the Metropolitan Region, Leibniz University of Hanover, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover, Braunschweig University of Technology, the Deutsche Post DHL mail and logistics group, and enercity, the Hanover city utilities company.

This collaboration is based on two guiding principles: first, that future logistics must be focused on the needs of people in a livable city, and second, that future logistics in a climate-neutral Hanover must be based on quiet, safe, zero-emission transport solutions and an innovative urban infrastructure.

Neighborhood Dialog

The Hanover plant maintains a regular dialog with its neighbors. News about the brand and plant is distributed in a spirit of transparency. Company representatives make a point of listening to critical questions from local residents, for example about emissions or the local traffic situation. This neighborhood dialog has been in place at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles since 1998. The open dialog format has helped to break down skepticism and fostered a climate of mutual understanding. The ongoing discourse with the factory’s neighbors has become an integral part of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ corporate and environmental policy.

Dialog and Community Involvement

Volkswagen Poznań also maintains a regular dialog with its neighbors. Here, each plant holds at least two meetings per year with local residents. This dialog is particularly important in Września, Poznań-Wilda and Poznań in view of the substantial investment by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in all of these plants.

In 2015, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles also conducted a road safety campaign in Września, in which more than 500 local residents – 300 of them children from the primary school in Chwalibogowo – took part. Further activities are planned for 2016.

Awards

Best Cars 2015

Multivan

Auto Trophy 2015

Multivan

International Van of the Year 2015

Transporter

Best commercial vehicles 2015

Caddy, Transporter, Amarok