Volkswagen is taking a holistic approach to decarbonisation, which is why its Way to Zero goes beyond vehicle electrification to include the entire vehicle life-cycle. Between now and 2025 alone, the company will invest approximately €14 billion in decarbonisation measures that will focus on four central pillars. The first pillar is continuing the accelerated electrification of the product portfolio. The second pillar is decarbonising supply chains and production, the cause of half of an electric car’s total carbon emissions. The third pillar is the consistent use of green energy during the usage phase; this will address the remaining 50% of emissions. The fourth pillar is the recycling of batteries.
Volkswagen does not regard the Way to Zero as a cost factor, but as a genuine competitive advantage. In the future, employees, customers and investors will attach priority to companies who put social responsibility at the heart of everything they do. Sustainability will become a decisive factor for long-term business success. However, one thing that is clear is that Volkswagen will be unable to decarbonise mobility on its own. This task calls for the worlds of politics, business and society to pull together, find good ideas and make bold investments.