22 Apr 2022, 12:37
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VW group raises target for 2030 emission cuts in production to 50 from 30 percent

Clean Energy Wire

The Volkswagen Group aims to cut CO2 emissions from car production much faster than previously planned. The world's second largest carmaker raised its targets for 2030 emission cuts in production and energy supply to 50 from 30 percent compared to 2018 levels. The independent Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has confirmed that VW's new targets for internal operations (so-called scope 1 emissions) and energy supply (scope 2) are aligned with the aim of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to VW. The previous targets merely corresponded to a "below 2 degrees" ambition level.

The company that includes brands such as Audi, Seat, Skoda and Porsche said it aims for 100 percent renewables in its external electricity supplies in the EU by next year, and by 2030 in all locations outside China. The new targets for production and energy supply will contribute to VW's goal to emit 30 percent less CO2 on average per car and light commercial vehicle over the lifecycle than in 2018, the company said.

VW is seen as a pioneer among German carmakers in the shift to electric mobility. But in the first quarter of this year, the share of alternative drive systems in newly registered cars of its core VW brand dropped more than a third to 15 percent.

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