Volkswagen Group has received the World Environment Center’s (WEC) 30th Anniversary Gold Medal award.

This award was received by the manufacturer for their comprehensive commitment to environmental preservation and eco-mobility. The award was handed to Christian Klingler, member of the Board of Directors of Volkswagen Group of America, and member of Volkswagen AG’s Board of Management responsible for Sales & Marketing in a ceremony held in Washington D.C. on 15th May. Volkswagen won this award in an evaluation process through a global competition with companies in multiple business sectors by WEC’s independent Gold Medal Jury which was chaired by Dr. Joel Abrams, Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh.

Volkswagen Group has received this award because of this manufacturer’s comprehensive approach to sustainability that infuses eco-conscious behaviors in all aspects of its operations. This includes definite sets of principles at the time of building a car. Volkswagen Group of America’s factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., happens to be the house of their model Passat and is the sole auto manufacturing plant in the world which have earned the platinum-certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is because this plant conserves about 720,000 kilowatts of energy yearly by the process of insulation, that too made by some recycled materials and rock wool. This plant has saved more than 6 million gallons of water, till now, through the collection and storage of rainwater. Volkswagen Group of America has six LEED-certified facilities located in the United States.

Such type of manufacturing plants are the need of hour, Volkswagen has set up an inspiration before the world by building such a sustainable plant.