World Water Day: ŠKODA AUTO recycles 42 per cent of its annual water consumption

World Water Day: ŠKODA AUTO recycles 42 per cent of its annual water consumption

› Water consumption at ŠKODA AUTO’s plants is continuously reducing thanks to state-of-theart


› ‘GreenFuture’ company strategy focuses on sustainable environmental protection and using

natural resources sparingly

› Over 1,000 suggestions from staff help to improve the car manufacturer’s eco-balance

Mladá Boleslav, 22 March 2019 – As a responsible company, ŠKODA AUTO places great

importance on sustainable vehicle production. Thus, the Czech car manufacturer groups

numerous measures together under the umbrella of its ‘GreenFuture’ strategy in order to

reduce its environmental footprint. This also includes using natural resources sparingly. To

mark World Water Day today, ŠKODA AUTO is providing an overview of how it is saving water

every day and continuously optimising its water usage by implementing state-of-the-art


Whether used for cooling, or in filtering and rinsing, water is vital in the production of vehicles. That is

why ŠKODA AUTO has devoted itself to using this valuable resource sparingly. The manufacturer is

continuously working on reducing and sustainably managing water consumption at its plants by using

innovative technologies and concepts. Thanks to the water-saving measures ŠKODA AUTO defined in

its ‘GreenFuture’ strategy, the company now requires 1.7 m3 of water for the production of one car –

more than 38 per cent less than in 2010. ŠKODA AUTO was able to recycle 42 per cent of the total

1.55 million m3 of water it used last year.

The company utilises intelligent purification systems featuring particularly thin membrane filters in its

paint shops, for example. This means the water used is processed and can be reused multiple times.

Employees contribute to increasing sustainability

Every year the company’s staff suggest numerous ways for it to further improve its eco-balance.

Between 2010 and 2018, a total of 1,000 suggestions were made. In the past five years, the car

manufacturer has been able to improve its environmental footprint and also save 9.5 million euros as a

result of the implemented measures.

‘GreenFuture’ strategy: ŠKODA AUTO champions sustainable environmental protection

ŠKODA AUTO divides its environmental activities into three areas and groups them – as the backbone

of its sustainability programme – under the umbrella of its ‘GreenFuture’ strategy. ‘GreenProduct’

focuses on the development of vehicles that are as efficient as they are eco-friendly – in terms of the

drive system as well as the materials used and their recyclability. With ‘GreenRetail’, the company is

promoting eco-friendly operations at its dealerships and workshops. ‘GreenFactory’ covers all of the

activities the company is undertaking to help conserve resources during production. Every two years,

the car manufacturer publishes its measures taken and its objectives relating to the conservation of the

environment in a sustainability report.

Since 1993, the United Nations has called for the support of World Water Day, which takes place

annually on 22 March. The motto this year is ‘Leaving no one behind’ – emphasising the message that

everyone has the right to have access to clean drinking water. Among other things, the United Nations

is working on restoring damaged ecosystems and is developing approaches to ensure everyone on

Earth has a water supply.

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In existence since 1805, and across family generations, D’Ieteren seeks growth and value creation by pursuing a strategy on the long term for its businesses and actively encouraging and supporting them to develop their position in their industry or in their geographies. The Group has currently the following activities:

  • D'Ieteren Automotive distributes Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Škoda, Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Porsche and Yamaha vehicles in Belgium. It has a market share of around 22% and 1.2 million vehicles on the road. Its business model is evolving towards improving the lives of citizens with fluid, accessible and sustainable mobility. Sales and adjusted operating result reached respectively EUR 3.6 billion and EUR 119.0 million in FY 2019.
  • Belron (54.85% of the voting rights) has a clear purpose: “making a difference by solving people’s problems with real care”. It is the worldwide leader in vehicle glass repair and replacement and operates in 39 countries, through wholly owned businesses and franchises, with market leading brands – including Carglass®, Safelite® and Autoglass®. In addition, Belron manages vehicle glass and other insurance claims on behalf of insurance customers. Sales and adjusted operating result reached respectively EUR 4.2 billion and EUR 400.5 million in FY 2019.
  • Moleskine (100% owned) is a premium and aspirational lifestyle brand which develops and sells iconic branded notebooks and writing, travel and reading accessories through a multichannel distribution strategy across 114 countries. Sales and adjusted operating result reached respectively EUR 163.9 million and EUR 18.6 million in FY 2019.
  • D’Ieteren Immo (100%) groups together the Belgian real estate interests of D’Ieteren Group. It owns and manages approximately 30 properties which generated EUR 19.7 million net rental income in FY 2019. It also pursues investment projects and carries out studies into possible site renovations. 

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