GM Joins VW in ‘Climate Declaration’ Commitment

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The Detroit Bureau - May 3, 2013

Gen­eral Motors has become the first automaker among major U.S. com­pa­nies to sign a “Cli­mate Dec­la­ra­tion” col­lec­tively assert­ing that cli­mate change is good business.

Find out more about the dec­la­ra­tion Volk­swa­gen has already signed.

Gen­eral Motors has become the first automaker among 40 major U.S. com­pa­nies to sign a “Cli­mate Dec­la­ra­tion” col­lec­tively assert­ing that respond­ing to cli­mate change is good business.

The cam­paign is orga­nized by sus­tain­able busi­ness advo­cacy group Ceres, a long-time critic of GM’s envi­ron­men­tal posi­tions over the years, and its Busi­ness for Inno­v­a­tive Cli­mate & Energy Pol­icy, or BICEP, coali­tion.

Sign­ers of the dec­la­ra­tion, such as GM, are call­ing for pol­i­cy­mak­ers to address cli­mate change by pro­mot­ing clean energy, boost­ing effi­ciency and lim­it­ing car­bon emissions..

“We want to be a change agent in the auto indus­try,” said Mike Robin­son, GM vice pres­i­dent of Sus­tain­abil­ity and Global Reg­u­la­tory Affairs. “As our world faces issues like con­ges­tion and cli­mate change, we are at the fore­front in trans­form­ing the way we move, from build­ing more effi­cient vehi­cles to part­ner­ing with car-sharing startup Relay Rides.”

Volk­swa­gen Group has unveiled a broad effort to reduce the fuel con­sump­tion of its new vehi­cle fleet to a greater extent than had pre­vi­ously been intended.

Mar­tin Win­terkorn, chair­man of the VW man­age­ment board, also pub­li­cized he recent meet­ing with Green­peace Chief Exec­u­tive Brigitte Behrens. The meet­ing with the ultra-militant envi­ron­men­tal group focused on a dis­cus­sion of the Volk­swa­gen Group’s cli­mate pro­tec­tion efforts. Win­terkorn empha­sized the com­pany would reach the emis­sion tar­get set by EU leg­is­la­tion of an aver­age of 95 grams of car­bon diox­ide (CO2) per kilo­me­ter by 2020.

“I guar­an­tee that we will do every­thing in our power to reach car­bon diox­ide emis­sions of 95 grams with­out any reser­va­tions. How­ever, this will only be pos­si­ble if cus­tomers accept our advanced alter­na­tive pow­er­trains. This is of course our objec­tive,” Win­terkorn said.

 

 

 

Find out more about the dec­la­ra­tion Volk­swa­gen has already signed.

Gen­eral Motors has become the first automaker among 40 major U.S. com­pa­nies to sign a “Cli­mate Dec­la­ra­tion” col­lec­tively assert­ing that respond­ing to cli­mate change is good business.

The cam­paign is orga­nized by sus­tain­able busi­ness advo­cacy group Ceres, a long-time critic of GM’s envi­ron­men­tal posi­tions over the years, and its Busi­ness for Inno­v­a­tive Cli­mate & Energy Pol­icy, or BICEP, coalition.

Sign­ers of the dec­la­ra­tion, such as GM, are call­ing for pol­i­cy­mak­ers to address cli­mate change by pro­mot­ing clean energy, boost­ing effi­ciency and lim­it­ing car­bon emissions..

“We want to be a change agent in the auto indus­try,” said Mike Robin­son, GM vice pres­i­dent of Sus­tain­abil­ity and Global Reg­u­la­tory Affairs. “As our world faces issues like con­ges­tion and cli­mate change, we are at the fore­front in trans­form­ing the way we move, from build­ing more effi­cient vehi­cles to part­ner­ing with car-sharing startup Relay Rides.”

Volk­swa­gen Group has unveiled a broad effort to reduce the fuel con­sump­tion of its new vehi­cle fleet to a greater extent than had pre­vi­ously been intended.

Mar­tin Win­terkorn, chair­man of the VW man­age­ment board, also pub­li­cized the recent meet­ing with Green­peace Chief Exec­u­tive Brigitte Behrens. The meet­ing with the ultra-militant envi­ron­men­tal group focused on a dis­cus­sion of the Volk­swa­gen Group’s cli­mate pro­tec­tion efforts. Win­terkorn empha­sized the com­pany would reach the emis­sion tar­get set by EU leg­is­la­tion of an aver­age of 95 grams of car­bon diox­ide (CO2) per kilo­me­ter by 2020.

“I guar­an­tee that we will do every­thing in our power to reach car­bon diox­ide emis­sions of 95 grams with­out any reser­va­tions. How­ever, this will only be pos­si­ble if cus­tomers accept our advanced alter­na­tive pow­er­trains. This is of course our objec­tive,” Win­terkorn said.

 

 

 

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