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“The climate crisis is the greatest challenge of our time,” says Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group. Volkswagen was the first automaker to commit to the Paris climate agreement back in 2018. By 2050, the company aims to be balance sheet CO₂ neutral. This dossier explains the efforts Volkswagen is making to protect the climate in many areas: in its products, in production and together with partners.

Studies show: Electric cars, here the ID.3, have the best climate footprint of all drive types.

Our products: The future drives electrically

Tailor-made for e-mobility: the modular electric drive matrix (MEB).

Our production: More efficiency – less CO2

The all-electric ID.4 leaves the Zwickau plant with a CO2-neutral balance sheet.
Story: E-car production for the world
MEB E-manufacturing facilities are in operation or under construction at a total of eight locations.
Fuel from waste: Volkswagen powers car freighters with used oil from restaurants
Car carrier during refueling. For parts of its new car transport operations, Volkswagen uses fuel made from vegetable residues.

Our partners: Transparency in the supply chain

Battery recycling pilot plant
Recycling: Volkswagen Group Components operates a pilot plant for battery recycling in Salzgitter.

On course for Paris climate targets

Volkswagen extends cooperation with independent Sustainability Council
Georg Kell is spokesman for the independent Sustainability Council. He says: “The best thing Volkswagen can do for climate protection is to take a pioneering role.”

Media contact

Sebastian Schaffer
Sebastian Schaffer
Spokesperson Sustainability
Tel. +49 (0) 172 5290334