Volkswagen Settles with Greenpeace and Sets CO2 Targets

While Toy­ota was able to take on the role of green car lead­er­ship with the suc­cess of its Prius hybrid, Volk­swa­gen AG is tak­ing on the chal­lenge through a new strat­e­gy to meet its CO2 tar­gets. It comes through a two-year dis­cus­sion between Volk­swa­gen and envi­ron­men­tal group Green­peace. CEO Mar­tin Win­terko­rn has held his first direct meet­ing with Green­peace chief exec­u­tive Brigitte Behrens on Volk­swa­gen Group reach­ing the emis­sions tar­get set by Euro­pean Union leg­is­la­tion of an aver­age of 95 grams of car­bon diox­ide (CO2) per kilo­me­ter by 2020.

Adopt­ing this emis­sions stan­dard applies to Volk­swa­gen Group’s fleet of man­u­fac­tured vehi­cles. The automak­er has been empha­siz­ing high-mileage prod­ucts like its Volk­swa­gen XL1, which will get 261 miles per gal­lon. Winker­torn said the com­pa­ny is very com­mit­ted to reach­ing the tar­get, but it is depen­dent on cus­tomers accept­ing the automaker’s advanced alter­na­tive pow­er­trains.

Behrens said she sup­ports the tar­gets set by Volk­swa­gen as a deci­sion in favor of cli­mate pro­tec­tion. Volkswagen’s dec­la­ra­tion is also a sig­nal for stricter exhaust emis­sions reg­u­la­tions in the growth mar­kets of the US and Chi­na, she said. Volk­swa­gen and Green­peace have been through many dia­logues over the past two years, some of it con­fronta­tion­al. Both sides did agree on reduc­tion of CO2 emis­sions in road traf­fic as a key fac­tor in cli­mate pro­tec­tion. Volk­swa­gen has been slow to launch bat­tery-based vehi­cles, but its brands have begun to ramp up prod­uct offer­ings includ­ing the new Audi A3 e-Tron plug-in hybrid and the Volk­swa­gen XL1 micro-hybrid with its poten­tial­ly world-record set­ting 261 mpg when it comes to mar­ket about a year from now.



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