- “The transport sector must be declared without the global economy”
- The CO2 reduction is possible without reducing the standard of living
- “Climate protection and quality of life are no opposites”
Climate change is certainly the biggest challenge of humanity in the coming decades. Due to the almost unrestrained burning of coal, oil and gas – to large parts due to the transport sector – the climate change is increasingly accelerated. “In order to secure the individual mobility, we must decarit the transport sector by electrification with green energy, which requires a rapid cross-sectoral work and vote,” said VW CEO Herbert this in the context of a keynote of the Munich Leitmesse “IAA New Mobility” in early September.
Our generation “is now sitting on the levers of power and can promote change,” the VW boss manages his lecture. Those support that future generations can live on this planet in peace and social and economic security. However, the top manager practices criticism of the procedure and speaks of inconsistent action, as climate change can be given much more contradictory.
So many technical concepts are ready for use – the policy must only want and actively support. It says: “The goal must be to limit the climate change caused and to maintain or improve the quality of life for all people worldwide”. 16 percent of global CO2 emissions are attributable to the transport sector. Essentially by combusing almost two thirds of global oil consumption, but also by making the cars, trucks and ships used for transport. In addition, not only the passenger transport, but also the individual traffic with goods, ships and aircraft. This gives to: “Volkswagen is here a significant market participant”. And in any case, he is right: Volkswagen sells a good ten million cars each year, thanks to the acquisition of Navistrar, the Group is now also the second largest truck manufacturer of the world and 80 percent of the high-seaters drive with engines of Man.
“The transport sector must be declared without the global economy”
This, as a boss of one of the largest automotive companies in the world, of course does not want us to walk: “A special concern is that we are for people who receive individual mobility, freedom of movement by car, and remains affordable “. Especially because it is a basic need of man to be movable. The still ongoing Corona pandemic would have shown us all more than clearly. Volkswagen has made itself the main goal to reduce CO2 emissions as soon as possible to reach the 1.5 degree target – keyword: “Way to zero”.
This means not only the gradual increasing electrification of cars and also commercial vehicles: “We start now with the conversion of our ship diesel engines from one to liquid natural gas. A precursor for the later use of synthetic fuels from wind and solar energy, “indicates this. And on: “We reduce our total emissions of cars and light commercial vehicle fleets by 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2018. A reduction by around 14 tons of around 47 tonnes per vehicle. In particular by the electrification of our vehicle fleets. In 2030, almost 70 percent of our sold cars will be electrically sold in Europe.”
But also an ID.3 still have a CO2 footprint over the life cycle of 27 tons in the European energy mix today. This is how follows:
13,1 tons are eliminated for the conversion to green stream in the factory as well as battery cell production, for the use and maintenance of the ID.3 are due 13.9 tons due. Herbert this is safe: “By loading with green stream, this can be brought to almost zero. In most European countries such as Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, the ID moves.3 already with green electricity.”
Prerequisite for a decarbonization of traffic is the availability of green electricity from the sun and wind. However, the cost of the decarbonization can be high and vary from sector to sector. Particularly difficult and expensive it will therefore be in areas that can not be easily electrified. These include about high-temperature processes, the steel, cement, and chemical industries as well as the already mentioned air and shipping.
The VW chief was very proud of the city’s own power plant, which may be understood as a blueprint: “Our power plant in Wolfsburg produces electricity for the work and district heating for the city of Wolfsburg. We currently put it from charcoal to gas. This saves 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year “. Correspond to the annual output of 870.000 cars. In addition, the Group brand is already working on an innovative technology, with which district heating can be replaced from fossil power plants. A pilot project in the Danish Esbjerg already bring the first successes: a heat pump system with a heating capacity of 50 mega-watts is to be around 100 annually.000 inhabitants with around 235.Supply 000 MWh heat. So another 100 would annually.000 tonnes CO2 saved, which is the emission of 55.000 cars equal. However, unavoidable residual emissions are not forgotten, for which there are no technical or economic solutions. In order to achieve the 1.5 degree goal, further CO2 would have to be taken from the atmosphere – also called “Carbon Capturing”, it continues to say.
The CO2 reduction is possible without reducing the standard of living
“The progress in the decarbonization is very different in individual economies today,” as it continues told. According to his information, Germany loses 8.4 tonnes of CO2 per capita, China at about seven tonnes and the USA at 16 tonnes. Sweden, as a showcase, have changed particularly quickly to a CO2-free energy generation and have introduced a high CO2 prize, which consequently led to a preferences shift of consumers. The CO2 emissions are only 4.2 tonnes per capita, without the standard of living being impaired. And despite these measures, it is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe.
In the medium term, Germany could reduce the CO2 footprint of around 8.4 tonnes to three to four tons, the costs would be to reach climate neutrality, according to this about 300 to 400 euros per year for capturing, which converted about 1 Euro per Day for every resident. The Volkswagen CEO considers this for a “small sum” compared to the possible “horror scenarios” if we would not act. However, the problem continues to be the worldwide subsidies in fossil technologies, which are much higher than investments in renewable energies. The “hesitant political changeover in subsidy systems” slow down economic change. This is safe: “The CO2 reduction is possible without us give up our standard of living. We fly on vacation – maybe a bit more expensive. (…) And we are mobile – with CO2-free cars and airplanes with synthetic fuels “. Whole ecosystems can be climate-neutral how some worldwide projects should already show.
A private or business-used car is today one of the worst goods in the world – also this opinion is the Group BOSS. An average of only an hour a day is used and stand around the rest of the time. The problem: “The life cycle is therefore very long. The consequence: Little environmentally friendly, outdated technologies are used for a long time in road traffic “. An improved use would speed up change.
“Climate protection and quality of life are no opposites”
Of course, this could not be taken to talk about one of his favorite projects: Electric, autonomous Robotaxis. So the Wolfsburgs on the “New Auto Night” of the Volkswagen Group on the eve of the IAA had the ID.Buzz ad (autonomous driving), see picture, presented. If you look into the near future, your technique should be the basis for autonomous driving. Robotaxis, which will drive like ghost hand, are a kind of salvation charming, which could drive all day without a break and more people could transport on a journey today. This should therefore lead to a highly efficient use with fewer cars and fewer parking in the cities. In addition, carsharing can double use to about 2 hours a day, which is a significant improvement in use and lead to reducing parking space. “The Technological Gamechanger will be the virtual key on your smartphone with which you have easy access to a large vehicle fleet around the clock. A multipurpose usage of the fleets with only one key can increase the utilization of the cars compared to today around three or four times, “adds the manager.
So if it goes to Herbert this, the future of mobility takes place in better harmony with nature and the environment. You will be more sustainable, more comfortable and safer. Required, however, the willingness to change and a common procedure of politics, economics and society in the construction of infrastructures. Instruments such as the CO2 pricing promote processes to build renewable energies. Climate protection and quality of life are no opposites, especially because climate protection is cheaper than the adaptation to climate change.
But even if this can certainly be titled ‘engagement as a lease, Greenpeace activists appeared at a confrontation on the IAA “Not Amused”. She threw him his decarbonization path was not compatible with the addressed 1.5 degree target. So stood on posters with greased V and W: “Von WEgen Climate Protection “. How the Suddeutsche Zeitung reports, Herbert can barely understand the allegations. In the interview, it says: “It makes no sense in my view that we are at the center of the protests”. Volkswagen entrepreneurs “Great Efforts” to reduce CO₂ emissions. In fact, it is known that the VW Group invests high, double-digit billion amounts in the development of electric cars and more sustainable battery production over the next few years. In addition, in Germany, about a quarter of the electricity is currently being generated via the burning of lignite. “As seen, the changeover to electromobility would be even, too early,” says it in the SZ interview.
Sources: IAA New Mobility, LinkedIn, Suddeutsche Zeitung
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6 thoughts on “VW boss: “Traffic by green electrification decarbonize””
Our generation “is now sitting on the levers of power and can promote change” Or prevent.
Yes, yes Mr. this! A hypocrite in front of the gentlemen! ID 3 is climate-neutral! With green electricity from aquatic power from Austria. Actually very debiable, or? Only stupid, now that lacks the electricity there the people who otherwise used the there and what about the transport of raw materials? You just have to look what is hesely and lied, worse than the diesel scandal. Great who believes it, only nature is not helped!
Day show of last night:
It’s about fraud – commercial and ganguligic fraud. This is at least the main accusation in Braunschweiger Volkswagen process. Behind it stands the well-known history of the VW exhaust scandal: The buyers did not know anything about the software that the Wolfsburg Group built for years in his diesel cars. A software that mirrored on the test bench, the cars are clean. On the street they then came from the 35-fold value nitrogen dioxide.
…. Jens H. for example. As a head of engine development, he should already have instructed in 2007 employees to develop the engines, although it was clear to him that this was only possible with an impermissible shutdown device.
For all hypocrites and denealers, today looks into the news, there is still much more.
Very soothing, a reasonable, rationally and differentiated thinking manager not to be afraid to call gaps and improvement potentials.
What a contrast to certain biggest, one-dimensional and always absolutely flat-rate managers American style.
Talk about the environment and continue to make hybrids and no end date for the end of the burner production, it is not offense.
The real problem is that we are totally autofixed. The whole infrastructure in this country was geared to the car. Cycling trails are lavelessly denominated “protective strips” (whatever the shooters should be protected) and the lead is also adventurous and always only stepping maternal. “Oh here is not a room anymore? Then the bike path ends here stop!”Here in the Ruhrpott there has been the plan for 10 years the RS1 – the wheel speed1 – to build across the Ruhr area. Cities like Mulheim have already built impressively good sections. And the rest? The roarpt like that. I have to work across the city. A traffic light-free connection that has no or very few approaches to car traffic would encourage me to get an e-bike and commute daily by bike instead of the car. The loss of time would then only be a few minutes because you have to stop anywhere. Currently one is totally stitched as a cyclist, that if one follows the adventurous route on some large intersections two whole traffic lights, while car traffic with one.
Look to our neighbors in the Netherlands, make it very different. There are completely separate infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists, buses, rail vehicles and cars in newly built cities and neighborhoods. There it is much more pleasant to drive by bike, because you do not have to be afraid of being driven by some car over the pile. There are even own roundabouts for cyclists and bridges cross traffic streets.
And if someone says that one could not implement in Germany, because of the existing infrastructure: In the big city of Amsterdam whole streets are rebuilt and transformed into exclusive bike paths. The car is taken away parking space on the street, a parking space in the parking garage costs 600 € per month. A parking ticket costs approx. 60 € a day. A Park and Ride TagesTicket on the outskirts 8 € in Rush Hour and 1 € after the Rush Hour, if you get an OPNV ticket. You can make it much more unattractive for cars, then take less space in the city and the quality of life for the residents rises. It’s a big difference, whether one lives in a cavity, where there are also louder cars, or if there are beds with flowers and a few benches.