VW brand plans greater CO2 cuts than VW Group

VW brand plans greater CO2 cuts than VW Group

The VW brand has confirmed its plans to decarbonise the company and its products. The company wants to be carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest. And, as a new interim target, CO2 emissions per vehicle in Europe are to be reduced by 40% by 2030 – significantly exceeding the group-wide target of 30%.

The base year for these percentage savings is 2018. On average, VW brand vehicles are to produce around 17 tonnes less CO2 in 2030. This will be made possible by the acceleration of e-mobility, but also by various measures in production and along the supply chain. Indeed, production, supply chain and the operation of the vehicles are all to become carbon neutral. VW will also focus on battery recycling.

Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand, said:

“Volkswagen stands for sustainable e-mobility for all. We’ve set out on the ‘Way To Zero’ and are consistently placing the environment at the focus of all our activities.

“Our big electric offensive was just the start. We’re taking a holistic approach to decarbonization: from production through service life to recycling.”

VW is the first carmaker to “support the expansion of renewable energies on an industrial scale”, Brandstätter emphasised. By 2025, new wind and solar parks will be built in various regions of Europe, which together will generate around 7 terawatt-hours of additional green electricity.

The first projects have already been contractually agreed upon with RWE, and will involve a solar plant in Tramm-Göthen in Mecklenburg, which is to have a total capacity of 170 million kilowatt-hours per year. The plant, which is to be built by the end of 2021, will be the largest independent solar project in Germany, according to VW, and is to be built completely without state subsidies.

Furthermore, the first measures for ID. vehicles are set to be introduced this year. Battery housings and rims are to be made of “green” aluminium and low-emission tyres are to be fitted, for example. “Ten focus components can reduce the CO2 balance of the ID. Family can be improved by around two tonnes per vehicle over the next few years,” the statement from VW reads.

“In the future, employees, customers and investors will give preference to those companies which place their social and environmental responsibility at the heart of their business,” said Brandstätter. “Sustainability will thus become a crucial factor in corporate success.”

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:30th Apr 2021

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