Sustainability

Sustainability forms one of the most important pillars of ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India  (SAVW).

Over the years of its operation in India, the company has undertaken several projects and activities in the field of sustainability.

Environmental responsibility is a part of SAVW’s corporate strategy. It is not possible to be part of a globally interconnected world without accepting one’s share of responsibility for the environment and for future generations. This is why SAVW strives to offer products that are not only safe, practical, and comfortable, but also environmentally friendly.

Throughout the development process, we endeavour to minimize fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, utilizing the latest technology available. 

The company is constantly working to reduce the negative impacts of its manufacturing process on the environment or at least fulfil its responsibility to replenish as much as they end up impacting the environment. As part of their Group Mission Statement for the Environment – ‘Go to Zero’ they intend to  become a carbon neutral company by 2050. 

By 2025, they plan to reduce their total life cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of passenger cars and light duty vehicles by 30% compared to 2015. To achieve these goals, the company has undertaken some initiatives under the ‘Green Future’ philosophy, which include sourcing most of its energy from sustainable sources like solar, wind, hydro power or/and Bio gas. By 2025, SAVWIPL will be 100 % reliant on sustainable sources of power for its energy needs.

Currently the company has an installed capacity of 8.5 MWp rooftop solar plant at its Pune facility and around 900 kWp at Aurangabad. The energy generated from Solar contributes up to 20% of their annual energy requirement saving close to 10,000 tons of CO2 emissions per  annum. It  has also taken concrete measures in energy conservation 28% reduction in Specific Energy Consumption compared to 2011 ( kWh/Car), 100% energy efficient lighting in the Pune & Aurangabad facility by utilising natural / LED lights. The company is also working towards recovering approx. 70% of the waste heat from the industrial oven and redirecting the same for reuse in HRK hot water circuit.
SAVW operations at Pune and Aurangabad are zero liquid discharge facilities.

The company is also taking proactive steps to conserve run off water by using a combination of trenches and bunds to improve rainwater harvesting by approx.. 500 m3 water every year. The company has also instituted Water Shed Management project in Latur, Nipad and Gulani villages conserving approx. 220,000 m3 of water. SAVWIPL recently earned the distinguished ‘Net Water Positive’ certification by DQS India Pvt. Ltd. This certification is the second sustainability win for the company, post the ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ certification awarded by TUV Nord in 2020. It is also certified as meeting the GOLD standard for our sustained initiatives toward water conservation and replenishment activities across its manufacturing operations. In the year 2020, the manufacturing facility has become water positive. As part of the environment drive, nearly 30 per cent of its energy needs are  being derived from solar power.

Watershed management programmes for farmers

SAVWIPL signed an MoU with International Association for Human Values (IAHV) for a watershed management project in Latur district. 
The company had committed INR 1.34 crore for this project that seeks to restore and sustain natural resources in  selected village cluster of – Lasona, Indral, Wadmurambi and Ambanagar.

Volunteering

Skoda Auto Volkswagen India has been working with Seva Sahayog Foundation since 2017.
Seva Sahyog has been serving for over 10 years towards the development and welfare for the underprivileged section of the urban slum lives. It aims at engaging socially conscious corporates, groups and individuals, with NGOs of matching interest with a purpose to collectively add value to the society at large.

In an attempt to help underprivileged children from Maharashtra to pursue education, Skoda Auto Volkswagen employees donate school kits to Seva Sahayog. This school kit donation drive aims at helping needy students with a school bag full of educational material (notebooks, pencils/geometry box, drawing book, crayons etc.).