Officials at Volkswagen intend to increase the use of renewable energy in their vehicle production and assembly plants.
Volkswagen’s Brand Board of Management Member for Production, Andreas Tostmann has announced the company will increase the use of eco-electricity from 70% to 90% in 2020.
The company is making continuous progress towards the target-year 2050, when hopes are high it will become CO2-neutral.
Volkswagen officials are also considering using natural gas power plants, instead of coal, a step that further contributes to the company’s strategy of becoming energy-independent.
The external supply of power to its 16 plants around the world currently comes from 70% renewable energy sources.
Experts say that CO2 emissions from generating electricity and heat will go down by 60%, or 1.5 million tonnes per year, which is the equivalent emissions of 870,000 cars.