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Environment

Our goal: to make each new generation of vehicles more eco-friendly than its predecessor

Climate change, resource availability and urbanization are among the major global challenges facing the Volkswagen Group. These challenges are reflected in growing demands from all sides – from politicians enforcing ambitious environmental regulations around the world, from investors who expect us to anticipate and manage the resulting risks, and from customers with their growing interest in low-emission, environmentally friendly vehicles.

The Volkswagen Group has a long tradition of commitment to environmental protection. Our environmental strategy sets binding, measurable targets at every stage of the value chain, aimed at further improving environmental protection within the Group.

The Volkswagen Group has defined four overarching target areas:

  • No. 1 in resource conservation throughout the life circle
    We consider the environmental footprint of our products at every stage of their life cycle. Climate protection, and in particular, the conservation of finite resources, is our overriding concern. The steps we have taken focus on efficient product and process design, the use of innovative environmental technologies, and sustainable energy supplies.
  • No. 1 in environmentally friendly products
    Our products unite world-class technology, comfort and safety with steadily declining fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Our long-term goal is to achieve CO2-free mobility. 
  • Environmental awareness embedded throughout the Company
    The Volkswagen Group’s employees are well-qualified and ecologically responsible. Our strength lies in pooling our employees’ expertise across brands and regions as part of sharing best practices that can be leveraged throughout the Group.

Our Group targets state that all new vehicle development must improve on the environmental performance of predecessor models in every respect over the vehicle’s entire life cycle; we expect every new generation of vehicles to be between 10 and 15% more efficient. In production, by 2018 we aim to reduce the five key environmental indicators – energy and water consumption, waste for disposal, and CO2 and VOC emissions – by 25% per manufactured vehicle compared with the 2010 baseline.

You will find further details in our Sustainability Report.