The Chattanooga plant is already one of the cleanest in the world. Now the rest of VW's other plants will follow suit. Mike Sefton - CleanMPG - Jan 2, 2012 Back in December, the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, became the first automobile factory in the world to receive platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Now, Volkswagen is setting targets to reduce the environmental impact of all its other car plants by 25% by 2018. This initiative is known as "Think Blue. Factory." "Through the growing efficiency and productivity of our plants, the Volkswagen brand is already making a key contribution to the achievements of Group strategic targets for 2018. However, we are going a step further: by 2018, we intend to make production at all our plants 25 percent more environmentally compatible," said Hubert Waltl, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for Production and Logistics. On the basis of annual values for 2010, future carbon dioxide emissions, waste volumes, energy consumption in megawatt-hours per vehicle produced and overall water consumption for production are to be significantly reduced. "Sustainable, efficient production is a clear competitive advantage," added Prof. Werner Neubauer, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand with responsibility for Components. "With its "Think Blue. Factory." Initiative, the Volkswagen brand is pursuing a clear strategy which pools all environmental activities at our plants throughout the world. Our ambitious targets for sustainable vehicle production have now been defined in a way which is clear and comprehensible for our customers."