Volkswagen Opts for Renewable Energy in Brazil

WOLFSBURG— Volkswagen do Brasil is investing 120 million euros in the construction of two hydropower plants. The two plants will supply nearly 40% of the company’s required power. Volkswagen is Brazil’s first automaker to generate clean power.

One of the two power plants has been in operation since March 2010 and the second plant is due to be completed in 2013. Both facilities are located in the state of São Paulo, where Volkswagen operates three of its four plants. The construction will create around 500 new jobs for the region.

The expansion of power generation from renewable sources at Volkswagen do Brasil will be accompanied by a large number of nature preservation projects in the region. For example, Volkswagen has established a green belt with a length of 5.8 kilometers around the power plant reservoir. The woodlands form part of a reforestation program for 100 indigenous tree species with a total area of 116.5 hectares. To protect animal species in the area, the Fauna Monitoring and Preservation Program has also been launched.

The Volkswagen Group is paying increasing attention to the conservation of resources at its 62 production facilities throughout the world and has set itself the target of reducing CO2 emissions from production by 40 percent by 2020.

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