Climate Change


Brands and Associated Companies Audi Porsche Seat Skoda
InfluenceMap Score
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Wolfsburg, Germany
Brands and Associated Companies
Audi, Porsche, Seat, Skoda
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Volkswagen has a mixed record on support of climate policy globally. Evidence suggests that in 2013 Volkswagen supported 2021 CO2 (g/km) standards and specifically opposed the use of manipulation and loopholes to achieve this target. However, by October 2014, Volkswagen’s CEO at the time, Martin Winterkorn, suggested more ambitious post 2021 CO2 (g/km) standards would be “fatal” and overburden the industry. Volkswagen also opposed these targets on competitiveness grounds in 2014. In the U.S., Volkswagen also opposed 2017-2025 CAFE standards (unlike most other automotive manufacturers at the time), advocating in consultation in 2012 for major changes. In 2015, Volkswagen were engulfed in a well-publicized scandal concerning diesel emissions and admitted to cheating the emissions tests. They were also found to have understated fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in some of its vehicles. There is overall support from Volkswagen for the reducing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, with then-CEO Martin Winterkorn making multiple statements on the need for public support of electric vehicle infrastructure. Volkswagen has negatively engaged against fuel efficiency targets in Europe in April 2016. In November 2016, it appears to have opposed CAFE and GHG emissions standards in the US. Volkswagen holds leadership positions in ACEA and the VDA, which appear to have advocated against various strands of climate policy and regulations.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 2 NS 0 NS NS NS NS NA
Climate Science Stance 2 NS NA NS NS 0 NS NA
Need for climate regulations 0 NS NS NS 0 NS NS NA
UN Treaty Support 1 NS NA NS NS NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation -1 NA -2 NA NA NA NS 1
Emissions Trading NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS -2 0 -2 -2 NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix 1 NS NS NS 0 2 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards 0 1 NS NS 0 -1 0 NA
Disclosure on Relationships -1 NS -2 NA NA NA NS 1
Strength of Relationship

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.