UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Volkswagen plans to stop burning coal at its Wolfsburg, Germany, power stations.
The world’s largest automaker said March 8, the move will slash carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 million metric tons per year.
That’s the equivalent of the annual CO2 output of 870,000 vehicles.
In a statement, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller said, “By 2025, we will reduce environmental impact throughout the Volkswagen group by 45 percent compared with 2010.”
Switching its Wolfsburg power stations from coal to natural gas over the next few years is part of that.
So is the electrification of its cars.
Volkswagen plans to roll out more than 15 electric models by 2025 — including the new I.D. Vizzion, which recently made its debut at the Geneva auto show.
Volkswagen is still trying to remake its image after a 2015 scandal in which it was found cheating on emissions tests.