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Greenpeace writes to ministers demanding VW answers

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Figures show diesel car-makers spent up to €18.5m lobbying in Brussels

25 September, 2015

Greenpeace has written to the government to ask if ministers knew before this month that VW was fixing emissions tests, as the green group publishes new data revealing the extent of the car lobby’s power in Brussels.

The environmental group has written to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Environment Secretary Liz Truss, posing four questions:

- Did the government know before this month about the existence of so-called ‘defeat devices’?

- If it did, what did it do to combat efforts by car manufacturers to fix emissions tests?

- If the government was aware of the existence of ‘defeat devices’, did it discuss the issue with manufacturers of diesel cars? If so, how many meetings took place, who attended and what was the outcome?

Where did all the fun go?

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Sign of the times, but car companies are dragging their heels over electric vehicles

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Darth on the decks

Win! VW has turned away from the Dark Side

Posted by jamie — 5 March 2013 at 6:52pm - Comments
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Half a million Jedi can't be wrong

After nearly two years of campaigning by more than 526,000 of you across the planet, VW has turned away from the Dark Side and committed to make cleaner and more efficient cars.

That means VW will also meet strong EU CO2 reduction targets.

This is big, because using less oil means less pollution, less impact on the climate and less pressure on vulnerable places like the Arctic.

How you made VW see the light

Posted by jamie — 5 March 2013 at 3:56pm - Comments

After nearly 2 years and 520,683 people pressuring VW, they've finally agreed to make cleaner and more efficient cars. VW announced that it will meet new EU car efficiency targets for 2020. That means its entire fleet will average 95g/km (about 4 litres/100km) per vehicle by 2020. VW is Europe’s biggest car-maker, the seconde biggest in the world, so this is big news. Using less oil means less pollution, less impact on the climate and less pressure on vulnerable places like the Arctic. Here's how you made it happen...

New year, new VW?

Posted by Hugh Mouser — 11 January 2013 at 5:52pm - Comments
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How’s your New Year’s resolutions list going? We’re waiting to hear how Volkswagen has begun 2013.

This morning more than 25 Greenpeace activists protested against the carmaker’s stance on the climate outside the Vienna car show. Handing out leaflets and making the point that VW can do better, we were hoping that the company makes some strong commitments.

Let's turbocharge the EU

Posted by Hugh Mouser — 17 December 2012 at 3:04pm - Comments
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Activists from Greenpeace France hang a banner at the Paris Motorshow

The clock is ticking. From today we have a chance to influence the final EU law that could force car companies to produce greener cars.

Just how important is 'environmental protection' to VW?

Posted by Louise Edge — 28 November 2012 at 1:33pm - Comments
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VW is still pushing for weaker emissions laws in Europe

"Environmental protection is the top priority for Volkswagen". So says the blurb for VW’s latest PR initiative. But according to a story in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper it seems no one told their lobbyists…

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VW: Oiling the wheels of the European Union

Posted by Hugh Mouser — 11 October 2012 at 6:02pm - Comments
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Activists from Greenpeace France hang a banner at the Paris Motorshow

Sometimes it seems like industry directly dictates the laws that politicians draw up. And it’s just been revealed that our old friends Volkswagen are leading the way against green EU legislation.

Activists from Greenpeace France hang a banner at the Paris Motorshow

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