Volkswagen Pune Plant is one
of the 27 Volkswagen automotive manufacturing facilities worldwide that follows
the ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ initiative that aims towards achieving higher
environment-friendly manufacturing. Through this initiative, Volkswagen aims at
reducing the impact of its production process on the environment by 25pc per
car globally. Volkswagen Pune Plant has been working towards these goals since
2012. The impact on environment through manufacturing processes is measured
across five key areas of ‘Energy Consumption’, ‘CO2 Emissions’, ‘Water
Consumption’, ‘Waste Generation’ and ‘VOC Emissions’. Volkswagen Pune Plant has
undertaken a number of projects and successfully implemented them to record
The major Think Blue. Factory.
project of 2015 is the new Heat Recovery Unit (heat exchanger) that was
installed at the exhaust end of the Top Coat Oven in Paint Shop. The
sustainable results of this project were achieved by generating hot water using
the exhaust flue gases which are vented out at 320 degree centigrade. This hot
water is then used for heating application in Pretreatment process in the Paint
Shop itself. As a result, 80pc reduction for hot water generation for this
purpose was achieved that saved 492,483 SCM of Natural Gas consumption and 37 MWh/a
of electricity as well as reduced CO2 emissions by 1013 tons/a. The savings in consumption
of Natural Gas are equivalent to 4916 MWh/a. On an average this translates to the
energy consumed by nearly 1300 Indian households in a year.
Commenting on the achievement
from the new project, Andreas Lauenroth, Executive Director – Technical,
Volkswagen India Private Limited, said “The Heat Recovery from our oven in
Paint Shop is major breakthrough in our efforts for achieving cleaner manufacturing.
Volkswagen Pune Plant is moving with the right pace to achieve and surpass the
targets set for 2018 under Think Blue. Factory. programme. This year, we will
come closer to our target of contributing to the 25% global reduction in this
To facilitate idea generation
and implementation of such ideas for savings under Think Blue. Factory.
programme, 32 ambassadors from various departments of Volkswagen Pune Plant
have been appointed. Such ambassadors from Plant Engineering and Paint Shop
initiated the project of Heat Recovery in the Paint Shop. Lauenroth further
added, “Sustainability and cleaner manufacturing processes have become a part
of our lifestyle at Volkswagen Pune Plant. The continuous efforts undertaken by
our Think Blue. Factory. ambassadors are paying off in the right way.”
Source: Volkswagen India
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