SKODA's component factory Vrchlabí demonstrates the brand's environmental identity as the manufacturer's first worldwide CO2 neutral production facility. Carrying out carbon neutral production since the end of 2020, ŠKODA has gradually reduced its energy consumption and switched to renewable energies to achieve this.
In this way, the CO2 emissions at the Vrchlabí plant were reduced from 45 tons per year to the current 3 tons per year. The remaining amount of emissions is neutralized with CO2 certification and various studies. In this context, ŠKODA supports climate protection and renewable energy production projects.
Of the 47 thousand MWh total energy used at the facility last year, 41 MWh came from renewable sources. This means that about 500 percent of renewable resources are used.
Increasing energy efficiency in the factory, ŠKODA has optimized every detail from the heating systems on the production line to the lighting and ventilation systems. Since the beginning of 2019, the manufacturer, which has recycled all waste from the production process materially or thermally at Vrchlabí, has also started using CO2-neutral methane instead of natural gas.
ŠKODA is also taking important steps towards becoming carbon neutral in all its production facilities. The manufacturer, which makes the Czech Republic's largest photovoltaic ceiling system at its main plant Mladá Boleslav, uses 30 percent of the required fuel from renewable sources. Until 2030, it is aimed to use CO2 neutral fuel.
However, by 2030, ŠKODA aims to reduce its vehicle fleet emissions by more than 2020 percent compared to 50 levels. The fully electric vehicle structure in Europe is planned to be between 50-70% at this time. By 2030, at least three more all-electric models will join the product range.