Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory will serve as the model for all new plants worldwide and has become a benchmark for environmental efficiency for all existing plants, according to a news release from the German automaker.

Dr. Jan Spies, Volkswagen's head of factory planning shared that Wednesday at the Center for Automotive Research's Management Briefing Seminar in Traverse City, MI.
Spies also said Volkswagen goal to reduce its energy consumption by 25% and increase the company's use of renewable energy by 2018, as part of the global Volkswagen Think Blue program.

As Volkswagen builds new plants, seven in China and an Audi plant in Mexico, designers will the Chattanooga plant as a sample, Spies said.
Examples that Spies cited are:

  • Paint shop, which has one less spray booth and dryer, reduces energy consumption by more than 20%
  • Capturing rainwater to cool equipment and flush toilets
  • Six-inch insulation
  • An array of 33,600 solar panels, supplying about 12% of the factory's power

The Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga was the first automobile factory worldwide to receive platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the US Green Building Council. Platinum certification confirms compliance with the most demanding standards for sustainable, environmentally compatible production.