Win! VW has turned away from the Dark Side

Posted by jamie — 5 March 2013 at 6:52pm - Comments
Stormtroopers in London on the campaign launch
All rights reserved. Credit: David Sandison / Greenpeace
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.

This victory couldn't have happened without you. VW is Europe’s biggest car company and back in June 2011 when we started this campaign, it preferred to remove our videos from Youtube rather than talk about the efficiency of its cars or how it was lobbying against strong EU climate laws.

But VW has now publicly agreed to live up to its promises to be the world’s greenest car company, setting an example for the rest of the industry.

It proves just how powerful we really are when we work together. So thanks to everyone who took action to help the climate. See how the road to victory unfolded.

Now we’ve got to get politicians to take a stand against CO2 emissions and force carmakers to produce greener cars that will be kinder to the climate and reduce our dependence on oil.

In two weeks, European politicians will vote on car regulations that could cut car emissions in half by 2025.

We can do it if we come together once again - better, faster, stronger.

Jamie Woolley is part of the mobilisation team at Greenpeace UK - find him on and Twitter.

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I'm a forests campaigner working mainly on Indonesia. My personal mumblings can be found @shrinkydinky.

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