The electric car can only make a meaningful contribution to climate protection if it is built and operated with energy from renewable sources. This is why, in connection with the Volkswagen ID. produced at Zwickau, we set ourselves the target of delivering a vehicle that had been produced in a carbon-neutral way to customers for the first time. We are following the principle of avoiding the production of CO2 where possible and reducing emissions where this is not possible. Other climate protection measures are to be taken to compensate for emissions which cannot be avoided.
For the ID., this means that we will be optimizing CO2 emissions in the delivery chain and production and compensating for the remaining emissions up to delivery to the customer. We have already addressed the key CO2 hotspot: it has been agreed that our suppliers will use “green” power from renewable sources for the production of the battery cells. We are working actively on similar agreements with other suppliers.
Zwickau is committed to hydropower
Since 2017, the external power used at the Zwickau has already been replaced by eco-power from hydropower plants operated by the Austrian energy supplier Verbund. By the start of production of the ID., the remaining emissions from the highly efficient compact cogeneration plant at the facility will be compensated for by climate protection projects certified to officially approved standards. This way, Volkswagen intends to make a measurable contribution to climate protection going beyond statutory requirements on a voluntary basis.