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The external supply of power at the Volkswagen brand’s 16 plants around the world—excluding China—has already been switched to 70% green electricity from renewable sources. The company has now resolved to increase this figure to 90% inside just one year.


Volkswagen plant in Emden.

In addition, Volkswagen is systematically switching its in-house power generating plants to gas. The supply of power for the production operation in Wolfsburg is, for example, currently in the process of being switched by 2022 to highly efficient combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants.

These are run in cogeneration mode: the CO2 emissions from generating electricity and heat will go down as a result by 60% or around 1.5 million tonnes a year. That is equivalent to the emissions of around 870,000 cars.

The first of the components required for doing this were delivered last weekend.


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