Volkswagen has begun its journey towards carbon-neutral mobility – the entire company is aiming to be carbon-neutral by 2050. Its strategy is based on four central pillars: swift electrification of the vehicle fleet, decarbonisation of production and supply chains, consistent use of green energy during the usage phase and the recycling of high-voltage batteries. The first Dossier summarises this strategy in order to offer a quick overview, while the other Dossiers provide more details on the four pillars.
Way to Zero: Volkswagen presents roadmap for climate-neutral mobility
All-green electric: The ID. Family goes carbon-neutral
Volkswagen has committed itself to the Paris climate agreement. Which is why the company delivers ID. Family vehicles to customers with a carbon-neutral1 balance. In order that electric vehicles remain carbon-neutral during their usage phase, they must be charged with green electricity. To ensure that this is in good supply, Volkswagen supports investments in the generation of additional green electricity.
On the Way to Zero – The General Strategy
Volkswagen is on its way to zero. In concrete terms, this means: the company has committed itself to the targets of the Paris Agreement and the EU’s European Green Deal. The long-term goal is to become completely carbon-neutral by 2050. This is a marathon that starts with a sprint: Volkswagen’s goal for 2030 is to reduce emissions per vehicle in Europe by 40 percent compared to 2018, which means that each Volkswagen vehicle will then emit 17 tonnes less CO2 on average throughout its life-cycle. Volkswagen is eager to make a substantial contribution to mitigating climate change and, at the same time, become the most coveted brand for sustainable mobility.
Volkswagen is committed to battery electric vehicles
On the journey to carbon neutrality, the product portfolio plays a decisive role. The company is picking up speed, ramping up production figures and covering all segments – “This is how we plan to make Volkswagen the most popular brand for sustainable mobility”, says CEO Ralf Brandstätter. Over the next few years, Volkswagen Passenger Cars will be launching at least one new electric model every year.
Less CO2 in production and supply chains
The second main pillar on the Way to Zero is carbon reduction in the supply chains and production. The goal for 2030 is to have just about all the external energy supply required by Volkswagen’s global production factories to come from renewable sources. The decarbonisation of production also incorporates suppliers. Supply chains and production make up around 48% of an electric vehicle’s carbon footprint.
Green energy for new electric vehicles
A total of 46 percent of an electric vehicle's carbon footprint is generated during the usage phase. That is why Volkswagen has made the consistent use of green energy the third pillar of its Way to Zero. After all, new sustainable mobility can only unfold its full environmental potential if customers charge their electric vehicles with green energy.
After the end of a vehicle’s service life
Volkswagen's decarbonisation strategy extends far beyond the vehicle’s service life. Volkswagen Group Components runs the Group’s first plant for recycling electric car batteries in Salzgitter - a committed step towards sustainable end-to-end responsibility for the entire value chain of the electric vehicle battery.