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Volkswagen Group on course to reduce CO2 emissions

  • Voluntary commitment of the Volkswagen Group to reach net CO2 neutrality by 2050
  • Start of production of the net CO2-neutral Volkswagen ID.3 (the vehicle is not yet available for sale in Europe) in November 2019
  • Concrete targets for reducing fleet consumption from 2020  

While the climate package continues to be a political issue in Germany, Volkswagen committed itself to the Paris Climate Agreement some time ago. The Group has set the course for being net CO2-neutral in 2050 in line with its "goTOzero" environmental mission statement.

For reducing CO2 emission the Volkswagen Group focuses on the electrification of its fleet. It has been developing the Modular Electrical Toolkit since 2016. From 2020, the electric vehicle ID.31 (the vehicle is not yet available for sale in Europe) will be launched on the market out of a net CO2-neutral production. In addition Volkswagen offers its customers electricity from renewable sources for battery charging. Start of production is on November 4, 2019 at the Volkswagen Zwickau plant.

In the further course of its e-offensive until 2025, the group will launch almost 70 E-models and will sell more than three million electric vehicles annually. To produce these volumes, eight vehicle plants in Europe, China and the USA will be converted to electric vehicle production by 2022.

In addition, under its "goTOzero" mission statement, the Volkswagen Group has set itself targets for reducing CO2 emissions of its fleet, which consists of almost 11 million new vehicles annually being manufactured in 122 plants worldwide:

  • From 2020, the company intends to reduce the CO2 emissions of the new car fleet in Europe from 123g CO2 / km in 2018 to 99g CO2 / km.
  • By 2025, the plants will cut the CO2 emissions per vehicle manufactured by 45 per cent compared to 2010.
  • By 2025, the Group´s carbon footprint will be cut by 30 percent per vehicle over the life cycle compared to 2015.
  • By 2030, the Volkswagen Group will reduce the CO2 emissions of its new passenger car fleet to 74g CO2 / km.
By 2030, once the targets have been achieved, the Group's new-car fleet will consist of about 40 percent electric vehicles.
 
 
1) ID.3: The vehicle is not yet available for sale in Europe