Greenpeace UK challenges Volkswagen on the ‘dark side’ of fuel efficiency, C02 emissions

• June 28, 2011

Bright and early this morning, members of the Greenpeace UK rebel alliance took to the streets of London to launch an assault against a potentially deadly threat to the safety of our planet.


According to new research from Greenpeace UK, Volkswagen—which has previously stated it wants to be ‘the most eco-friendly automaker in the world’—has seriously dark-sided views on fuel efficiency standards and CO2 emissions. These include:

  • Spending millions of Euros every year funding lobby groups who are trying to stop Europe increasing its commitment to greenhouse gas reductions from 20% to 30% by 2020. Progressive companies – from Google to Ikea, Sony, Unilever and Philips – support the target. Volkswagen can’t afford to be left behind.
  • A history of lobbying against the strong European efficiency standards that we need to kick our oil addiction.
  • Not committing to maximum efficiency in all its car model. Only 6% of the cars it sold in 2010 were its most efficient models.

While a strike team of activists strung banners across the Old Street Station roundabout, a second wave of Greenpeace rebels unleashed a digital barrage of information, including a new website and Episode 1 of a new video series. Watch it below:

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Greenpeace believes “There is good in Volkswagen. We feel it… But it seems the bosses at Volkswagen have been seduced by the dark side of the Force and left us with little choice but to challenge them. But it’s not too late. There’s a chance that together we can turn Volkswagen away from the dark side and into a Force for good, leading to a brighter future for us all.”

If you’d like to see Volkswagen change their policies on fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, you can take the first step towards the light side and sign the petition here. For more information on Volkswagen’s dark-sided policies, read the full report.

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