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The supply chain is the first area where reductions are possible — in particular achieving major CO2 improvements in the production of battery cells.
In addition, Volkswagen is also looking at social standards – especially in the responsible mining of E raw materials such as lithium and cobalt used in EV battery cells and participates in the Global Battery Alliance and the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI).
Volkswagen’s carbon commitment helps Germany’s struggling efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and mitigates against Germany’s dependence on coal-fired power and the steady growth in the number of conventional cars on its roads. The company is planning to invest $10 billion in EV development and will have twenty different EV models on the road by 2025. “Climate change is the greatest challenge of our times,” Thomas Ulbrich, who oversees EVs at Volkswagen, said in a statement. “Truly sustainable mobility is feasible if we all want it and we all work on it.”
Why This Matters: Cars are a huge climate change problem — one that relies on changing the actions of individuals in order to solve. So the more companies that commit to producing EVs the better. But better still is taking carbon out of the production of these vehicles as Volkswagen is committed to doing. And looking at the entire life cycle of the EV, the best thing is car companies in Europe are creating a fast-charging network to offer “green” renewable power for EVs at about 400 charging locations along highways across Europe. Zero carbon emissions from autos throughout their life cycle is on the horizon — revolutionary.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new UN report suggests that plastic pollution isn’t just a threat to marine life — it’s also an issue of environmental justice. The report, titled Neglected: Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastic Pollution, highlights that poor nations and communities around the world disproportionately suffer the effects of plastic waste. This […]
President Biden’s new infrastructure plan contains something surprising — funding for “construction” projects to remove highways. Why? Because for decades, Black communities in cities across the U.S. have been cut off and/or divided by highways and major roads that were built without regard to their impact on those neighborhoods.
Why This Matters: Highways built in the 50s and 60s often came at the expense of communities of color. Their impact enforced segregation, disrupt thriving communities, and distanced Black people from city resources and job opportunities.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer European Union countries like Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden have been sending millions of tons of trash to be burned in “waste to energy” incinerators. But because of the incinerators’ CO2 emissions and health impacts, the bloc is starting to cut off funding for new plants. This change “comes […]
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