UD Express

VWSA makes massive strides in environmental sustainability initiatives

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
VWSA project team members for the wastewater facility (from left) Nick Chapman, Hermann Ferreira, Manfred Gie, Gerhardt Goosen, Cibin Mathew.
VWSA project team members for the wastewater facility (from left) Nick Chapman, Hermann Ferreira, Manfred Gie, Gerhardt Goosen, Cibin Mathew.
Photo:VWSA/QUICKPIC

As a major step on the road to Zero Impact Production, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has implemented two projects to dramatically reduce the environmental footprint of its Kariega plant.

“As with our colleagues across the Volkswagen Group, we are committed to protecting the environment in whatever way we can,” said Ulrich Schwabe, Production Director at VWSA

The first project is a wastewater recycling facility, which has been constructed onsite at the plant.

This facility will recycle production-related wastewater from various production areas, for reuse in certain production processes. In addition to reducing the company’s freshwater consumption by an estimated 26%, it will also serve to reduce VWSA’s reliance on municipally supplied water amid the ongoing drought in the region.

At the same time, the company installed a total of 3 136 solar photovoltaic panels, which is generating renewable, carbon-neutral energy since April. The panels, installed on the roof of the final assembly building, will reduce VWSA’s carbon emissions by an estimated 2 590 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

At full capacity, the panels will produce an estimated 2 500 MWh, which is enough energy to cover between 3% and 3,5% of the plant’s electricity requirements.

VWSA has also embarked on an ongoing biodiversity roadmap, starting in 2021 with a project to replace alien plants and trees within the Kariega premises with indigenous, water-wise plants such as spekboom, fever trees and coral trees. These efforts include planting a carbon bank of over 4 800 spekboom cuttings, as well as a 1 600m² green Volkswagen logo, in celebration of Earth Day in April 2021.

“These two projects will make a massive difference in preserving the environment and achieving our goal of carbon-neutral Production by 2030. I am proud to say VWSA continues to deliver high-quality vehicles in an environmentally responsible way,” said Schwabe.

– ISSUED: VWSA
We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Eskom has considered continuous load shedding at Stage 2, instead of introducing it when the power system faces a crunch. What are your thoughts?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'm all for it - we're going to have power cuts regardless, so we might as well have some stability to better plan our lives
45% - 4110 votes
No thanks! I prefer having periods of no load shedding and we cannot normalise this crisis
55% - 4974 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.93
-1.8%
Rand - Pound
19.45
+0.1%
Rand - Euro
17.37
+0.2%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.70
+0.2%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+0.2%
Gold
1,643.66
0.0%
Silver
18.87
0.0%
Palladium
2,073.00
0.0%
Platinum
858.50
0.0%
Brent Crude
86.15
-5.0%
Top 40
57,110
-3.1%
All Share
63,417
-2.9%
Resource 10
56,319
-7.5%
Industrial 25
78,436
-1.2%
Financial 15
14,142
-1.6%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE