Volkswagen Chattanooga announced that, following an independent audit, the factory has met requirements to receive of the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) 14001:2004 and 50001:2011 certifications. Volkswagen Chattanooga is the first Volkswagen facility to receive dual certification and the first automotive company to do so in the first production year.
These certifications recognize an organization’s adherence to international standards for energy (ISO 50001) and environmental management (ISO 14001). They are the second and third ISO certificates for Volkswagen Chattanooga, which acquired ISO 9001 certification for quality management in 2011.
The ISO 14001:2004 and 50001:2011 audits review organizations’ energy and environmental management, including the areas of continuous improvement, regulatory compliance and environmental impact. The audit, conducted by TUV USA and Germany TUV, recognized the factory as ‘a benchmark for first time certification,’ citing the factory’s hazardous waste management program and future plans for a solar panel farm.
Volkswagen Chattanooga received LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in December 2011, and was named the 2012 Edison Green Award recipient earlier this year.