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03/08/18
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Volkswagen Group realigns energy supplies: company power stations to change over from coal to gas

Volkswagen Group realigns energy supplies: company power stations to change over from coal to gas
  • Wolfsburg power stations to be thoroughly modernized: changeover from coal to gas will reduce CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tonnes per year
  • Reduction corresponds to the current CO2 output of about 870,000 vehicles per year*
  • Investment of about €400 million in new combined-cycle plants
  • Construction scheduled to start in 2018 – commissioning to follow between 2021 and 2022
  • Matthias Müller: "By 2025, we will reduce environmental impact throughout the Volkswagen Group by 45 percent compared with 2010. The changeover of the power stations from coal to gas is an important step – others will follow."

The Volkswagen Group is taking another key step towards significantly reducing environmental impact and is moving away from coal. The Group Board of Management has decided that the Group's two major power stations in Wolfsburg are to be thoroughly modernized and changed over from hard coal to natural gas firing. In the course of this project, several new combined-cycle systems are to be installed as replacements for the existing coal-fired boilers. About €400 million is to be invested in this project and the new facilities are to be commissioned between 2021 and 2022.

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