#Project1Hour: Volkswagen Group and its 660,000 employees launch largest climate campaign in company historyFrom Chattanooga to Beijing, from Audi to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles: with Earth Day on 22 April just around the corner, the twelve brands of the Volkswagen Group and their 660,000 employees are preparing to make a strong statement. At the #Project1Hour, they will interrupt their work for one hour to learn together about climate protection and develop concrete improvements.The Volkswagen Group has made a clear commitment to the Paris climate agreement. The company aims to be carbon-neutral in balance sheet terms by 2050. To achieve this, Volkswagen is focusing on the electrification of its products and CO2 reduction from the supply chain to recycling.But climate protection also depends on individual contributions. That’s why Volkswagen Group employees around the world will be stopping work for an hour on Earth Day to get further information about the world climate, determine their own carbon footprint and decide on personal climate protection measures.Whether it’s saving energy at the workplace or at home, choosing the most climate-friendly travel option on business trips or reducing their own meat consumption – all employees can contribute to combating climate change. The concrete suggestions for climate protection at the workplace will be collected by Volkswagen Group Strategy and subsequently implemented wherever possible.Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen Group, explains the idea behind #Project1Hour: “Volkswagen has made a clear commitment to climate protection with its strategy and the design of its product portfolio. As a company, we are making good progress toward offering completely CO2-free mobility by 2050 at the latest. We still see a lot of potential in internal processes, our many organizational units and in individual behaviour to exemplify our corporate strategy and accelerate CO2 reduction. In #Project1Hour, 660,000 employees are taking the time to think about how they can advance climate protection in their environment. I look forward to receiving many suggestions from our sites around the world to accelerate our climate protection activities even more.”The Chairman of the Group Works Council, Bernd Osterloh, is also taking an hour on 22 April to figure out his personal carbon footprint and support #Project1Hour: “We only have this one earth. And it is up to us to protect it – for ourselves and for generations to come. That’s why on 22 April, we are all called upon to engage with this topic even more intensively. We will only succeed in achieving sustainability and climate protection through solidarity. Just as it is written in our Group Principles: ‘together unbeatable’. For us as employees in the automotive industry, commitment to the environment and climate is not just important in this one hour. It is a question of our future viability. The #Project1Hour is therefore an opportunity to show the strength of our values: with diversity, cohesion, courage and determination, we make a difference.”Georg Kell, spokesman for the independent Volkswagen Sustainability Council, adds: “660,000 employees worldwide make this perhaps the largest employee action for climate protection in industrial history. But it’s not about wanting to be better, bigger, more important than others. It’s about seeing ourselves as part of a global community of responsibility. A community in which every company and every individual makes their contribution to limiting the ecological consequences of climate change.”The #Project1Hour is accompanied by various campaigns at the sites. To name just a few examples: at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, a large banner at the power plant and an electric car parade will draw attention to the project. Volkswagen South Africa replants the Volkswagen brand logo with 45-meter diameter porkbush plants that are particularly CO2-absorbent. The Audi team in Brussels is also creating a new green space on the plant premises, while their colleagues in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm are called upon to take part in a plogging campaign to mark Earth Day – they collect garbage while jogging. SEAT in Martorell is stopping the assembly lines for #Project1Hour. At MAN Bus in Starachowice, employees can hand in old electrical devices at the factory gate and receive a tree plant in return. At Ducati, employees discuss with climate expert and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Riccardo Valentini in a virtual town hall. In some plants, the #Project1Hour will not take place on 22 April due to short-time work, but will be held at a later date.In preparation for the day, employees from many brands and regions around the world have submitted short films that will be broadcast on the Group’s global social media channels on 22 April as a joint commitment to climate protection. In addition, many employees will also report on their private climate goal during the day under the hashtag #Project1Hour.The Volkswagen Group is combining its #Project1Hour with international Earth Day on 22 April. Earth Day was launched in 1970 in the USA and is marked each year on 22 April. Since it was first held over 50 years ago, it has become a popular environmental movement around the world. On the very first Earth Day, 20 million people were involved in activities. Nowadays, that figure stands at over 200 million. The earthly event features a wide range of campaigns and activities, dealing with the broad spectrum of environmental and climate protection. It is also committed to working together to find sustainable solutions to environmental and climate issues. The motto for this year’s international Earth Day is “Restore our earth”.
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Minimizing the impact on the environment: the "goTOzero" mission and environmental policy of Volkswagen Group ItaliaBy setting out its "goTOzero" mission and environmental policy, Volkswagen Group Italia is establishing tangible objectives and a clear framework for minimizing its impact on climate. The guidelines and targets set out in the two documents act as a compass and a framework for doing business in an environmentally friendly manner and limiting carbon dioxide emissions as far as possible.The goal - common to the entire Volkswagen Group - is to achieve a carbon-neutral balance sheet by 2050.The aspiration to minimize the environmental impact, throughout the entire life cycle, of all Volkswagen Group Italia products and mobility solutions lies at the heart of the "goTOzero" mission, which aims to preserve ecosystems and generate positive effects on society. A fundamental requirement for all actions is compliance with environmental regulations, standards and set objectives.The areas of action identified in the mission converge on four specific focuses:
In addition to the objectives set out in the "goTOzero" mission, Volkswagen Group Italia has adopted its own environmental policy. Divided into five areas - leadership and responsibility, compliance, environmental protection, collaboration with stakeholders, communication and training, and lastly, continuous improvement - the policy sets out the principles to be adopted to make environmental protection a reality in all business activities.
- Climate change: Volkswagen Group Italia is committed to operating in line with the Paris Climate Agreements. The aim is to become a CO2-neutral company by 2050; by 2025, carbon dioxide emissions from its activities are expected to be reduced by 30% compared to 2019.
- Resources: Volkswagen Group Italia intends to optimize efficiency in the use of resources and promote circular economy, maximizing the use of renewable energy sources and eco-sustainable materials. By 2025, it plans to reduce the energy requirements of the Verona headquarters by 20% compared to 2019. A further objective is to obtain NZEB (Near Zero Emission Building) certification.
- Air quality: Volkswagen Group Italia promotes electric mobility in order to improve air quality at a local level. The aim is to offer environmentally friendly solutions in collaboration with suppliers, business partners, authorities and institutions. By 2025 it expects to place a share of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles on the Italian market that exceeds 20% of the total number of cars sold by Volkswagen Group Italia.
- Environmental compliance: Volkswagen Group Italia aims to become an example of a modern, transparent and successful company by implementing and monitoring management systems that consider the environmental impact of all activities. By 2025, the aim is to have the environmental management system certified.
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Green headquarters for Volkswagen Group ItaliaReducing CO2 emissions from company activities by 30%, cutting energy requirements by 20% (by 2025, compared to 2019), and obtaining the NZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Building) certification: with these goals in mind, Volkswagen Group Italia has started the renovation project of its Verona headquarters.The works will bring enormous benefits: the energy efficiency of the building will considerably improve, and it will be upgraded from class C to A4. Thanks to this, energy requirements will be drastically reduced: from 228.44 to 40.00 kWh/m2 per year, which will correspond to a cut in CO2 emissions of 702 t/year (30% less than today). With this major renovation, the Volkswagen Group Italia headquarters will meet the requirements to receive the NZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Building) certification. In addition, the Company will identify climate protection projects to support in order to offset unavoidable emissions, in line with its environmental policy.Marcus Osegowitsch, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Italia: "These works, which have such a profound impact on our headquarters and corporate life, demonstrate once again Volkswagen Group Italia's sheer determination to achieve the environmental objectives defined in the goTOzero mission. A commitment that in parallel also translates into other projects, such as the progressive decarbonisation of the company fleet, the already completely green energy supply, i.e. 100% from certified renewable sources, the systematic introduction of initiatives to reduce waste and waste generation, and the digitalisation of processes. The fight against climate change, the efficient use of resources, the improvement of local air quality and environmental compliance - the four specific focuses of our mission - are and will be objectives pursued with the same tenacity with which business targets are addressed".The renovation, which started at the beginning of November, is going to last about two years and will revolutionise the current aspect of the building, both inside and on the façade, which will be completely renewed with the installation of glass panels with specific insulating and screening properties. The works will not only reduce the building's environmental footprint, but also improve its safety standards and modernise its systems and services, using more efficient equipment with lower energy consumption.Last but not least, the interiors will be completely redesigned with a smart office approach, with large open spaces and ergonomic furnishings alongside coworking and relaxation areas. "A mix of options designed to increase the quality of corporate life," says Raffaella Ponticelli, Human Resources Director, "which will increase collaboration among teams, strengthen synergies and facilitate both sharing and concentration. Moreover, following also the consolidated use of smart working, we will abandon the custom of fixed workstations, shifting instead to the smart desk concept". Specifically, the number of available desks will be 15% lower than the total number of employees with office tasks; the workstations will no longer be permanently assigned, but occupied indiscriminately on the days of work from the office, with reservations made via app. This new approach will allow the company to take a further step forward in terms of flexibility and efficiency.
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