Volkswagen’s factories are operating even more sustainably than they’d hoped, having reached their 2018 goal of improving the environmental compatibility of their car production by nearly 25%. The goal was set by VW, as part of its Think Blue. Factory. initiative.

Think Blue. Factory. takes into account more than 5,000 individual measures, all of which are intended to sustainably reduce the environmental impact of the company’s factories. The goal was set five years ago, and has now been reached ahead of schedule.

“Investments in environmental technologies protect precious resources and avoid emissions benefiting everyone,” says Peter Bosch, Head of Optimization Strategy, Processes, Structures. “They also make economic sense. Since 2010, we have saved far more than €100 million.”

The initiative is based on five environmental indicators: energy consumption (down 24.7%), CO2 emissions (down 29.1%), waste production (down 46.5%), water consumption (18.2% down), and solvent emissions (down 8.2%).

About 2,500 of the 5,000 measures developed under the plan have been implemented so far and around the world more than 1,000 employees are “Think Blue. Factory. Ambassadors.”

By tackling small, day-to-day waste, VW believes that it can have a big impact on its environmental impact.