The most recent companywide sustainability report from Volkswagen comes in at a tidy 168 pages. Here's hoping not too many folks took out trees by printing the whole thing out.

Europe's biggest automaker said it has reduced the amount of both energy and water required to make each vehicle by 10 percent during the past two years. Additionally, average new-car emissions on Volkswagen's European fleet has dropped about seven percent during that time.

VW, which so far has turned more to diesel than to electric-drive for fuel-efficiency gains, is looking to boost its environmental credibility, even going as far as making nice with Greenpeace after a couple years of salvos, mostly from Greenpeace. Last month, Volkswagen Chairman Martin Winterkorn and Greenpeace Chief Executive Director Brigitte Behrens met for the first time to pledge collective support of Europe's tightening emissions standards.

Read VW's press release below and get access to the link to the report here.
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Volkswagen Group presents most comprehensive sustainability report
  • Interim assessment of economically, environmentally and socially responsible action
  • Lower resource consumption per vehicle produced
At today's Annual General Meeting in Hanover, the Volkswagen Group is presenting its most comprehensive sustainability report to date. The report, which consists of 168 pages, provides information on the progress achieved in economic, environmental and social sustainability in 2012. As one of the world's largest mobility companies, Volkswagen has set itself ambitious climate protection targets and is making massive investments in more efficient vehicles, production and technologies.

"We are aligning the entire Group with the goals of maximum energy- and resource efficiency," Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, und Bernd Osterloh, Chairman of the General and Group Works Council of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, underscore in the preface to the report. They state that Europe's largest automaker once again proved last year through a variety of measures and progress that it had shouldered its "major responsibility for employees and customers, for an intact environment and for balanced social development."

The report indicates that the energy and water consumption per vehicle produced has already been reduced by about 10 percent over the past two years. The average CO2 emissions of the European new vehicle fleet were reduced from 144 g to 134 g per kilometer between 2010 and 2012. The Group brands already offer 245 models with less than 120 g CO2 per kilometer. In order to achieve the Group goal of making each new model generation 10 to 15 percent more fuel-efficient than its predecessor, environmental mentors already contribute their specialist knowledge from the beginning of the vehicle development process.

By using holistic life-cycle assessments, the Group identifies further optimization potential with respect to climate protection and the conservation of resources.

The report not only provides detailed information on sustainable mobility within the Volkswagen Group but also on sustainability in supplier relations, compliance and the implementation of consistent worldwide quality standards for specialist training and employee qualification.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      I hate to sound, well, like all of the rest of you (sorry) but VW comes out with a report on how cool VW is? Sorta like meeting a girl, having sex, then telling her how good it was. Probably better to independent confirmation prior to being all pleased with one's self...
        • 8 Months Ago
        VW is being open about their internal organization, kind of like how financial reports document whether or not money is being handled appropriately. This is valuable information, and not just blowing their own horn.
          • 8 Months Ago
          Sure, but as Reggie points out, they are not exactly leading the way....
      • 8 Months Ago
      2012 EU Fleet C02 Average VW are the dirty No13, Swampy & Greenpeace won't be happy with VWs JATO C02 numbers in the real world. 1 FIAT 119.8 2 PEUGEOT 121.2 3 RENAULT 121.3 4 TOYOTA 121.7 5 CITROEN 122.0 6 SEAT 123.9 7 MINI 128.6 8 FORD 129.1 9 KIA 129.3 10 HYUNDAI 132.3 11 SKODA 132.6 12 OPEL/VAUXHALL132.8 13 VOLKSWAGEN 133.5 14 NISSAN 136.5 15 DACIA 137.9 16 AUDI 139.3 17 BMW 140.9 18 CHEVROLET 141.6 19 VOLVO 144.0 20 MERCEDES 147.8 JATO Europe continues to clean up act as car CO2 targets loom, with Fiat retaining the overall European crown  Fiat remains lowest emitting volume brand in Europe for the sixth consecutive year  Portugal remains the lowest polluting country whilst Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and Switzerland remain above 140g/km  Greece records greatest reduction in CO2 emissions as regional divide widens According to the latest analysis from JATO Dynamics, the world’s leading provider of automotive intelligence, average CO2 emissions for new cars across Europe dropped to 132.3g/km in 2012, down from 136.2g/km the year before. The analysis also shows that nearly 40% of new cars sold are now classed as ‘low CO2’ (up to 120g/km). The findings come ahead of the launch of JATO’s latest report – A Review of CO2 New Car Emissions across Europe 2012 – which covers 23 European markets and shows that nine high-volume manufacturer brands have already achieved the 130g/km European target set for 2015. “With the European Union’s manufacturer targets looming, it will be interesting to see if the regional variation starts to level out over the next 12 months,” Hession concluded.
      • 8 Months Ago
      As mentioned in the other reports, the CO2 advances reported are not actually making it to the road. It's mostly just more advanced cheating/gaming of the fuel economy tests.
        • 8 Months Ago
        A-segment mini cars market : 8.21% EU market share, 108.1 g/km C02 pollution average in class. Fiat Panda 117.470 Fiat 500 92.072 Mini 64.242 Renault Twingo 61.300 Volkswagen up! 59.328 Peugeot 107 45.328 Smart Fortwo 45.110 Toyota Aygo 43.316 Hyundai i10 41.862 Citroen C1 41.321 B-segment small cars : 25.25% EU market share, 120.9 g/km C02 pollution average in class. Ford Fiesta 372.977 Volkswagen Polo 371.454 Peugeot 206/Peugeot 207 329.706 Opel Corsa 327.717 Renault Clio 304.106 Fiat Punto 220.343 Citroen C3 181.868 Skoda Fabia 165.269 Seat Ibiza 162.631 Toyota Yaris 141.327 C-segment medium cars : 22.42% EU market share, 130.3 g/km C02 pollution average in class. Volkswagen Golf 493,855 Opel Astra 327,458 Ford Focus 308,747 Renault Megane 251,487 Skoda Octavia 186,440 Peugeot 308 155,227 Audi A3 143,382 BMW 1 Series 135,087 Citroen C4 113,379 Hyundai i30 101,328 D-segment large cars :11.52% EU market share, 142.0 g/km C02 pollution average in class. Volkswagen Passat 245.110 Mercedes C-Class 178.345 BMW 3 Series 166.860 Audi A4 162.085 Opel Insignia 138.755 Peugeot 407/Peugeot 508 90.585 Ford Mondeo 86.433 Volvo S60/Volvo V60 69.711 Citroen C5 61.686 E1 3.21% EU market share, 157.2 g/km C02 pollution average in class. Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus, Ford Crown Victoria sized cars no data (US cars used as an example C02 pollution is huge in the US models). E2 0.27% EU market share, 203.9 g/km C02 pollution average in class. BMW 5 Series Efficient Dynamics diesel 119 g/km, Chrysler 300 185 g/km, Cadillac CTS v8 365 g/km , Jaguar XF, Lexus GS, Volvo S80 type of cars. These sales numbers are based on the first 7 months of EU 2012 car sales from last year, the % are based on 12 months 2012 EU sales, the high polluting US top 10 cars Camry - Accord - Almera - Fusion (EU Mondeo use 1.0 Ecoboost), so EU is not that bad on C02 pollution Rotation.
      Levine Levine
      • 8 Months Ago
      Like the old Chrysler Corporation, VW never made the cleanest engine compared to the Asian competitors. This report is nothing but a PR job by VW.
      • 8 Months Ago
      The EC wants to limit the average emissions of vehicles sold in 2020 by a manufacturer to 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre travelled. It is currently about 140g CO2/km and there is already a binding limit of 130g CO2/km set for 2015. Manufacturers failing to comply would face fines of €95 (£76) for every gram over target per vehicle. The commission's impact assessment states the 95g CO2/km limit would save European drivers approximately €25bn a year in fuel costs. Fiat 500 twin-air would not attract a dime in fines, Every Caddy CTS v8 car GM sell with 365 g/km would attract a 25,650 Euro ($33,509) EU fine per car sold for GM to pay. Only one type of car has a long term future in the EU.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Mean while in America 24.1 mpg fleet average for new cars and light trucks in 2012 which is a CAFE 31mpg = 285 g/mi of tailpipe emissions of CO2 =177g/km and we drive more... sobering
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