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“We owe it to our children to find the right answers”

The climate protection movement #fridaysforfuture around Greta Thunberg makes important demands. The Volkswagen Group is also convinced that all those responsible owe it to future generations to reduce CO₂ emissions vigorously. Volkswagen is already making its contribution.

When Berlin schoolchildren demonstrate at their #fridaysforfuture rally this Friday for immediate measures to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement, the young movement will cause more sensation in Germany than ever – Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate protection activist and founder of „School Strikes 4 Climate“, has announced her participation. Together with her, thousands of young people on the streets of Berlin City will call on politicians to intensify their climate protection efforts.

The fear of the striking students for our planet is all too understandable

Not least of all due to climate change, Volkswagen relies on e-mobility in its drive technologies. From today's perspective, e-mobility is the best and most efficient way of achieving climate-neutral, clean mobility, but it requires that the energy revolution be consistently driven forward, and sufficient amounts of renewable energy be available. Over the next few years, the company will launch the automotive industry's largest e-offensive. The models of the ID. family are specially designed for electromobility and optimally exploit the possibilities of this technology. They offer long ranges, plenty of space, dynamic driving behavior and a whole new level of digital networking. The first model to start production at the Zwickau plant at the end of 2019 is the compact ID*., which will be launched at the beginning of 2020. The SUV ID. CROZZ* will follow shortly afterwards, followed by the ID.* BUZZ and the ID. VIZZION* sedan. In the future, Volkswagen will offer attractive electric cars across all segments – from the compact sector to a large lifestyle Bulli. The brand aims to sell at least one million electric cars worldwide per year, by 2025.

CO₂ emissions are consistently avoided right from the start

This is how Volkswagen ensures that the new ID., which will be launched on the market in 2020, can be produced and driven in a climate-neutral manner from the outset

What is crucial is that Volkswagen not only builds electric cars, but also monitors the complete life cycle from raw materials to recycling. For the electric car is only as clean and green as the electricity used to build and charge it. Cell production, in particular, is still very energy-intensive, and charging cars with coal-derived power is a burden to the overall environmental equilibrium. In order to tailor electric cars sustainably towards climate protection, it is precisely these areas that have to be addressed. That’s exactly what Volkswagen is doing: With the new ID., already set for production this year, the brand will be putting a climate-neutral car onto the road. CO2 emissions will be avoided or reduced from the beginning, and currently unavoidable emissions will be offset by investments in climate protection projects.

In summary: Volkswagen is taking action in order to reach the Paris Agreement’s goal of a climate-neutral society by 2050. With the ID., the brand is demonstrating that clean, climate-neutral mobility is possible. At the same time, there is also a great economic opportunity in all this. “The strategic goal of becoming the leading worldwide provider of e-mobility can make the focus on consistent decarbonization a strong competitive edge,” says Georg Kell, spokesman for Volkswagen’s independent sustainability advisory board. “In any case, it offers the best way for setting a common course for a secure and economically successful future on a planet worth living on.”

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