We're not expecting the next whaling-ship ramming Greenpeace boat to have a VW logo on it, but it's nice that the two entities are finally getting together in the name of lower emissions.

Volkswagen and Greenpeace leaders recently agreed that Europe's largest automaker would pledge to cut its fleetwide new-vehicle emissions to 95 g/km of CO2 by the end of the decade by increasing sales of diesels and electric-drive vehicles.

Volkswagen Chairman Martin Winterkorn and Greenpeace Chief Executive Director Brigitte Behrens met for the first time to ease what has, at times, been a frosty dialogue between VW and the environmental group. The result was VW pledging to "do everything in our power" to reach the lower emissions level, as proposed by the European Commission last summer. This level would represent about a 30-percent reduction in average emissions from last year.

In 2011, Greenpeace activists started poking fun at the much lauded VW-Darth Vader TV commercial, even going as far as dressing up as Imperial Stormtroopers as VW auto executives enteedg a meeting of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (Acea) in Brussels. Greenpeace was at it again last year, saying that VW's new diesel-hybrid Golf wasn't as eco-friendly as the vehicle maker made it out to be. This new agreement augurs a new hope, doesn't it? Check out VW's press release below.
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Volkswagen and Greenpeace underline strict CO2 limits for new cars

• Joint declaration on emissions goal of 95 grams

Wolfsburg, March 25, 2013 – At the beginning of the Geneva Motor Show on March 4, 2013, the Volkswagen Group announced for the first time its far-reaching decision to reduce the fuel consumption of its new vehicle fleet to a greater extent than had previously been intended. This decision was underscored by Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Executive Board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, during the first top-level meeting with Greenpeace Chief Executive Director Brigitte Behrens in Hanover on March 21, 2013.

The meeting focused on a discussion of the Volkswagen Group's climate protection efforts. Winterkorn underlined that the Volkswagen Group would reach the emission target set by EU legislation of an average of 95 grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometer by 2020. "I guarantee that we will do everything in our power to reach carbon dioxide emissions of 95 grams without any reservations. However, this will only be possible if customers accept our advanced alternative powertrains. This is of course our objective."

Greenpeace Chief Executive Director Brigitte Behrens supports the targets set by Volkswagen. "This is a decision in favor of climate protection and a key signal for committing to the protection of the environment and society and the series production of climate-friendly technical solutions. We will remain in dialogue with Volkswagen, also as regards mobility concepts for the future." The declaration of Volkswagen is also a signal for stricter exhaust emission regulations in the growth markets of the USA and China.

For two years, Volkswagen and Greenpeace have been engaging in a constructive and in some cases also confrontational dialog concerning the reduction of the CO2 emissions of the entire Volkswagen fleet to an average of 95 grams by 2020. In connection with this calculation, criticisms have been raised, especially as regards "supercredits", which allow manufacturers to count electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles as low-emission vehicles several times over. Independently from each other, Volkswagen and Greenpeace are convinced that the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in road traffic is a key factor in climate protection.

Volkswagen and the independent environmental protection organization will continue constructive dialogue about further environmental targets to be adopted by the Group and how they are to be achieved.


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      Reggie
      • 2 Years Ago
      1 FIAT 119.8 2 PEUGEOT 121.2 3 RENAULT 4 TOYOTA 121.7 5 CITROEN 122.0 6 SEAT 123.9  7 MINI 128.6  8 FORD 129.1 9 KIA 129.3  135.0 10 HYUNDAI 132.3 11 SKODA 132.6  12 OPEL/VAUXHALL 132.8 13 VOLKSWAGEN 133.5 14 NISSAN 136.5 15 DACIA 137.9 16 AUDI 139.3  17 BMW 140.9 CHEVROLET 141.6  19 VOLVO 144.0 20 MERCEDES 147.8  Shame on you VW No13, you dirty filthy swines.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Reggie
        What the hell Chevy?
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          So is Ford....although....are you saying that maybe euro fords help balance the numbers? Tis would be a cool time for ABG to dig into this, as it would be very interesting to find out.
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          Chevy is AMERICAN! It doesn't deal with grams, kilometers, or Royale with Cheese.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          That could be, but Ford sells all the suv's and trucks as well, a d they are still 8th. Somewhere GM is slipping. I know ford came out with all new engines over the last few years....maybe that is it.
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          I'm guessing that's not including pickups and SUVs where the numbers are double that. So it's much worse than that.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is amazing to hear these stories about "g/km of CO2" from Europe. Hardly anyone here in the USA would even understand what "g/km of CO2" means, much less care about it. That is is sad.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        My Beloved Ford Ranger is an ULEV, but I must admit, no idea on the CO2 thing. I actually do care because so few people know. I always like to tweak liberals when they have no idea what their car's rating is, then I tell them mine is ULEV, and also a flex fuel vehicle. Then I shake my head sadly and talk a out children, global warming, and all that. (Hi Rak!) What do you drive, btw? Curious (I won't accuse you of desteoying the earth, just curious).
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          Cool, thanks for answering! :-) Funny - for some reason I was momentarily confused and thought I read 'Smart' - I thougt, 'he loves his smart car? That's impossible!' Anything creative on charing (solar?) or off the grid?
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          I'll working on my solar plans. Slow going because I'm doing it myself. But it should be pretty easy to just rack 'em up and use microinverters.
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          I now drive the cute little nerd mobile . . . the Think City. I love it. Definitely not for everyone but it works as a little commuter and I am of Norwegian heritage so it is especially nice for me: I highly recommend this biased view of the Think City: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMF2zn4IxLY
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      How many from greenpeace leadership have commented here... A bs incremental deal with VW? how naive are you. That's no change. How about specifics. A VW XL1 in normal materials weighing less than 700kg and all electric costing less than 20k euro. Easily done You give your seal of approval to VW and nothing changes... fools
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        People can down vote you, but that does seem odd. Gree peace should encourage, but this? I, of all people, do not mind incremental change, but I wonder if there wasn't a back room donation. This happens all the time. Microsoft was evil until they gave billions to the UN and other organizations, then all the sudden...poof....lawsuits mostly vanish. Tis does see, fishy.
      Reggie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fiat are polar bear friendly http://www.jato.com/PressReleases/Europe%20continues%20to%20clean%20up%20act%20as%20car%20CO2%20targets%20loom,%20with%20Fiat%20retaining%20the%20overall%20European%20crown.pdf
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