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CO₂ – Getting to Zero

Volkswagen’s new environmental mission statement is called “goTOzero”. The goal: to commit all locations worldwide to the environmental protection effort. We explain what every group employee needs to know.

Environmental protection is a responsibility shared by all of us: The Volkswagen Group and its brands are responding to the challenges of climate change and are committed to the two-degree target set forth by the United Nations. As global providers of vehicles and mobility services, they are keenly aware of their responsibility for environmental and climate protection. And it’s a key reason why Volkswagen has committed itself to advancing sustainable mobility and setting an example in protecting the environment.

In the process, Volkswagen has created a new environmental mission statement titled “goTOzero” in order to provide comprehensive information about the goals and measures to all employees worldwide and ensure compliance with environmental regulations, standards and voluntary commitments as the fundamental prerequisite for everything the group does. “goTOzero” shows the way to environmentally friendly and CO2-neutral mobility and summarizes the group’s objectives in the following lines:

For all of our products and mobility solutions, we strive to minimize environmental impacts throughout the entire lifecycle – from raw material extraction to the end of life – in order to maintain intact ecosystems and create a positive impact for society.

Compliance with environmental regulations, standards and voluntary commitments is a prerequisite for everything we do.

In the implementation of its environmental mission statement, Volkswagen is primarily focusing on the following four areas:

  1. Climate change:

    Volkswagen is committed to fulfilling the Paris Climate Agreement of the United Nations. The goal is to achieve a neutral CO₂ balance for the company by 2050. By 2025, greenhouse gas emissions for passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles are to be reduced by 30% over the entire vehicle lifecycle compared to 2015 figures. The company will also endeavor to advance the shift to renewable energies along the entire vehicle lifecycle.

  2. Resources:

    Volkswagen will further improve its resource efficiency and approaches for re-use and recycling in the areas of materials, energy and water. By 2025, the environmental impact will be reduced by 45% compared to 2010 in terms of CO₂, energy, water, waste and volatile organic compounds.

  3. Air quality:

    Volkswagen is pressing ahead with e-mobility in every area in order to enhance local air quality. By 2025, the share of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the model portfolio will rise to between 20 and 25%. By 2030, the BEV-share of the new vehicle fleet in Europe and China is slated to increase to at least 40%.

  4. Environmental compliance:

    Compliance with environmental regulations, standards and voluntary commitments is a prerequisite for everything the group does. Volkswagen wants to set the example of a modern, transparent and successful company. This involves installing and monitoring effective management systems that cover all mobility solutions in all phases of the lifecycle.

Volkswagen has also devised an environmental policy that defines principles for five central points for its environment-related decision-making process and the control of projects: Management conduct, compliance, environmental protection, cooperation with interest groups and continuous improvement.

The entire Volkswagen Group aim to achieve a CO2-neutral balance by 2050. By 2025, the company aims to reduce the CO2 footprint of its vehicle fleet over the entire lifecycle by 30% compared to 2015 figures. By 2025, the production of waste, wastewater, CO2, energy consumption and highly volatile hydrocarbons is to be reduced by 45% per vehicle compared to 2010 figures. By 2030, the group aims to invest roughly 30 billion euros in e-mobility and bring over 70 new e-models to the market by 2028. The group is also working to build up the charging infrastructure and is today already providing customers and consumers with green energy through its company Elli Volkswagen. 

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