Tesla is about to complete the construction of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia and fulfil Elon Musk’s assurance to deliver the project within 100 days.

Jay Weatherill, the Premier of South Australia, reported that Tesla has finished installing the battery powerpacks, and that the 100 megawatt (MW) battery project will be energised and tested to ensure that it meets the government’s regulatory requirements and that it serves the Australian energy market properly.

He said: “The world’s largest lithium-ion battery will be an important part of our energy mix and it sends the clearest message that South Australia will be a leader in renewable energy with battery storage”.

“While others are just talking, we are delivering our energy plan, making South Australia more self-sufficient and providing backup power and more affordable energy for South Australians this summer”, he added.

The battery facility is located in Jamestown, connected to the 270MW Hornsdale Wind Farm wind farm aiming to stabilise the grid.

Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday: “Congratulations to the Tesla crew and South Australian authorities who worked so hard to get this manufactured and installed in record time”.

The mega battery project is a key part of South Australia’s $550 million energy plan which in the wake of the recent state-wide blackout is particularly focused on energy security.

Jay Weatherill had then stated that “battery storage is the future of our national energy market and the eyes of the world will be following our leadership in this space”.

It is expected not only to prevent power blackouts, but also improve network reliability, better integration of renewables and help even out energy prices volatility.

When the project was announced, Elon Musk put a self-imposed deadline of 100 days to deliver the project after the signing of the agreement, which took place this September.

Had he failed, the project would be delivered for free, meaning that the company would lose approximately $50 million, according to Musk’s statement. 

Tim Flannery from Climate Council, an Australian consultancy, had praised the project by saying that “South Australia is tackling climate change head-on and should be congratulated for its innovation and leadership as it transforms our energy system into one that’s clean, affordable, efficient and secure”. 

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The Arrowhead Stadium, home venue of the Kansas City Chiefs football team, is set to become the first professional sports venue to sell pre-packed peanuts in compostable bags.

The pilot initiative will be launched at a game this week on November 26, when compostable peanut bags will be sold throughout general concessions and in-seat vending.

After the pilot phase, the goal is to expand sales to other areas of the Arrowhead Stadium and replace a larger amount of the 15,000 bags of peanuts sold in the venue annually.

The initiative comes under the “Extra Yard for the Environment” programme of the stadium- an ambitious effort to promote sustainability both across the stadium and throughout the community, and aims to ameliorate Arrowhead’s waste-diversion methods.

It constitutes a partnership between BASF- one of the world’s leading chemical companies, Aramark- a food services company and Hampton Farms- a peanuts farming business selling more than 1.1 million bags to sporting venues annually and therefore playing an important role in the transformation of snack packaging in sports venues.

Carl Mittleman, President of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division said: “With peanuts being among the best-selling snack foods at sports events, the introduction of this compostable peanut bag is a potential game-changer”.

“We’re proud to be at the forefront of driving innovative solutions that decrease our environmental impact and enhance the game-day experience”, he added.

The project’s development process took 18 months where the three partners converted all parties of the supply chain to deliver a compostable peanut bag and divert peanut bags from the landfill.

BASF worked with Missouri Organic Recycling to test packaging prototypes and meet composting guidelines to create the first-of-its kind commercially available peanut bag.

Brandon Hamilton, Chiefs Vice President of Stadium Operations said: “Over the past few years we have put an increased focus on our sustainability program, Extra Yard for the Environment, and have worked to find new, innovative ways to reduce our organization’s carbon footprint”.

“We are excited to unveil this product, as we believe it will have a positive impact on our efforts in Arrowhead Stadium and will also spread to other venues to make a positive change within the industry”.

Rick McGee, Vice President of Sales, Hampton Farms underlined the momentum across the sports and entertainment industry about reducing landfill waste.

“This bag represents an exciting future for us as well as for our customers”, he said. 

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India’s government department for energy efficiency has revealed that the country will issue a tender for the procurement of 10,000 electric vehicles (EVs) to replace traditional diesel, petrol and gas-fuelled vehicles across government institutions.

Last year, Energy Efficiency Savings Limited (EESL) launched the world’s largest public procurement tender for electric vehicles, when it issued the first call for 10,000 electric vehicles to be used by the Government.

The tender was awarded to Tata Motors, one of the largest car manufacturers in India, which partnered with Mahindra & Mahindra to deliver the cars in phases over the next 3 to 4 years.

The companies will deliver the first batch of 350 and 150 cars respectively by the end of this year.

Mahindra & Mahindra is currently the only Indian car manufacturer to have two electric models in its fleet, namely the e-verito and the e2o Plus. The company delivered the first e-Verito to EESL in a ceremony last week; a model which uses a 20.5 kWh electric motor and has a driving range of up to 180 kilometres on a single charge.

Saurabh Kuma, Managing Director of EESL told the media that the new tender of another 10,000 EVs will be launched in March 2018, as part of an aggressive target set by the Indian government to halt cars powered by fossil fuels by 2030.

Clean Technica reports that Indian governmental agencies currently use a total of 500,000 vehcilesacross the country, and that  further progress needs to be achieved to upgrade the fleet

In tandem with the procurement of electric cars, EESL will soon issue multiple tenders for charging infrastructure too.

The Indian government recently released a draft proposal to develop electric vehicles charging corridor across New Delhi with 46 DC fast-charging and 89 AC slow-charging stations.

This constitutes one of the numerous proposed pilot projects to serve as the foundation for larger charging stations deployment, as many private companies have expressed interest in supporting India’s electric vehicles plans.

AAB India, the Indian subsidiary of the multinational electric equipment giant has already replied to a bid from the Government for the construction of 4,500 charging stations across India.  

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The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, USA has become the first professional sports stadium to receive a platinum ‘LEED’ certification after incorporating impressive sustainability features into the venue’s design.

The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certificate is a global standard for measuring the sustainability of buildings and comes at four levels: certified, silver, gold, and platinum.

The owners of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which was inaugurated this August, aimed to achieve the highest certificate and spent almost $1.6 billion to ensure optimal environmental performance.

Arthur Blank, Owner, and Chairman of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United said: “We were trying to build a stadium that reflects all of our values. We can do this in a way that is not only beautiful to the eye but beautiful to the environment as well”.

He added: “We set out to build a venue that would not only exceed expectations but also push the limits of what was possible in terms of stadium design, fan experience and sustainability”.

“We have a powerful new platform to showcase to the industry and to our fans that building sustainably and responsibly is possible for a venue of any type, size and scale”.

The stadium’s performance accumulated 88 credits, the highest ranking of any sports facility in the world, according to its owners.

Efficiency measures, such as LED lighting and LED video boards which reduce energy usage by up to 60 percent and the operation of 4,000 solar PV panels have reduced energy consumption by 29 percent in relation to average stadium standards.

Due to water-efficient fixtures and conservation infrastructure, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium uses 47 percent less water than baseline standards for stadiums.

In addition, the stadium has a stormwater management system with the capacity to store over 2 million gallons on site, which prevents flooding in the surrounding areas.

Through the design of the premises, alternative and low-carbon transportation is significantly encouraged.

The stadium offers a bicycle valet program on event days, new pedestrian-friendly walking paths that allow connectivity between communities and public electric vehicle charging stations which can charge up to 48 electric cars simultaneously.

“It’s the right thing to do, and we believe that most things we do, we do them for the right reasons; most of the time the economics  make sense, but sometimes they don’t. You just do it because it’s right”.

You can learn more about the stadium’s sustainability features and community engagement initiatives here

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The home of the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls has announced its plans to offer visitors free charging facilities as part of the centre’s mission to reduce its environmental impact.

The United Center has partnered with Volta Charging, the largest free electric car charging network in the US, and has signed a ten-year agreement to deploy EV charging stations around the stadium.

Joe Myra, the VP of Business Affairs of the United Center said: “With over 2.5 million visitors annually, we are excited to be partnering with Volta to bring its stations to our arena and provide visitors with a convenient and easy way to charge their vehicles”.

“Volta’s model aligns perfectly with our plan to work towards sustainability and enables our patrons to take a personal stake in a viable future”, he added.

The agreement comprises four open-access universal charging stations which will work under the innovative sponsor network model.

More specifically, the company installs free charging stations equipped with digital-hybrid displays with sponsor messages.

This means that the agreement between Volta Charging and its location partners does not entail any costs and that charging is free to the public.

Scott Mercer, CEO of Volta Charging said: “Volta is thrilled to become United Center’s free EV charging provider. These stations will channel sponsorships into a force for good and show millions of fans that Chicago is driving forward into its electric future”.

Volta Charging started off as a start-up convincing brands to pay for charging stations, place their ads and help them incorporate sustainable development into their core values.

The company had said: “Where Volta really stands out is offering brands the opportunity to do more than a simply put their name on something that delivers a ‘green’ message”.

“Volta advertisers are providing a real service to communities by powering drivers to a more sustainable future”.

To learn more about the innovative start-up click here

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Finnish-start-up Sulapac has won the 2017 Green Alley Award, the first European award for start-ups dedicated to the promotion of the circular economy, by providing an alternative to plastic packaging for cosmetics.

Suvi Haimi and Laura Kyllönen, co-founders of Sulapac, created sustainable packaging made out of wood and natural adhesives. The product is fully biodegradable and  made of renewable and sustainable raw materials.

Patrick Schulz, CEO of Landbell Group, a member of the jury committee, said: “The decision was not an easy one, but we agreed on Sulapac because of its huge impact on one of the biggest problems of our times – plastic waste”.  

Earlier this November, Sulapac was also selected as the winner of the Sustainable Packaging category at the Sustainable Beauty Awards in Paris.

Suvi Haimi, CEO of Sulapac said: “This autumn has been incredible, and we are truly honoured to receive these international recognitions”.

“Sulapac packages replace plastic with a fully biodegradable patented solution. We have invested in designs and premium appearance to offer a truly interesting alternative to cosmetics and luxury brands”.

The innovative packaging offers a fully functional alternative to traditional packaging materials as it can be mass-produced using existing methods and infrastructure facilities and  the material can be shaped into different forms.

Patrick Schulz added: “Just one year old, the start-up demonstrates how an idea can be successfully implemented and accelerated in a very short time. In Finland, for example, the cosmetics line Niki Newd is already using jars by Sulapac for its products. We see great potential in this packaging solution and look forward to seeing Sulapac on the shelves of local drugstores”.

Other finalists included Mimergy, a start-up aiming to reduce waste from tires; Solmove for an innovative idea to use solar power on streets; Newcy, which created a reusable cup system; Sulftools, which developed an alternative to peptide manufacturing production and Sustonable, which has created composite stone for kitchens and bathrooms.

You can learn more about the Green Alley Award here and more on Sulapac here

Photo credits: Verpackungs-Rundschau

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Facebook’s growing power needs has helped revive a once-abandoned 320 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Nebraska. The company’s new data centre in the state led to the search for clean power sources, and demonstrates how big corporations can boost demand for renewable projects.

The development of the former Rattlesnake Creek plant- to be built between the town of Allen, Emerson and Wakefield, had stalled since 2013 when its original developer, Trade Winds, failed to sign a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

The project has since been taken up by Massachusetts-based Enel Green Power North America, a subsidiary of Rome-based Enel, which will reportedly spend $430 million on the wind farm.

According to Enel’s statement, the development of the Rock Creek - the new name of the project - has already started and it is two months ahead of schedule.

Construction is expected to begin this spring, and turbine delivery is set for June 2018.

Facebook will be the main offtaker of the energy produced, as 200MW of the power plant’s output will be used to power its new data centre in Dixon County, which will be located approximately 120 miles from the wind project.

The project will have significant employment benefits for Nebraska, as Enel forecasts the creation of 300 jobs during construction and 16 permanent full-time jobs.

Facebook has acted as one of the principal partners in the revival of the project, aiming to showcase how companies can have access to renewable energy and boost demand for clean energy sources.

The social media giant has set a goal to source at least 50 percent of its  energy needs from renewables by the end of 2018.

Three of its nine data centres around the world in Sweden, Iowa, and Texas are already 100% powered by renewable energy.

Bobby Hollis, Director of Global Energy at Facebook said: “We came together with the Omaha Public Power District, Tradewind Energy, and now, Enel Green Power, to ensure renewable energy solutions are accessible not just to Facebook, but to other companies as well”.

He added: “Today, we are one step closer to our goal of powering all of our operations with clean and renewable energy, and we are grateful to our partners for this collaboration”.

Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Green Power said: “We are thrilled to be able to support Facebook’s growing renewable energy needs in Nebraska and be a part of driving economic development in the region”.

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The UK Government announced its Autumn Budget  establishing a £400 million fund along with multiple  measures to support  zero-emission vehicles deployment.

More specifically, the Government will invest £200 million - to be matched by private investment – into a new £400 million Charging Investment Infrastructure Fund and it guaranteed  £100 million will be allocated for the continuation of the Plug-In Car Grant until 2020- a scheme to support consumers to transition to battery-powered vehicles.

Research & Development in charging technology will receive £40 million of funding.

The Government also pledged to replace 25 percent of central government’s car fleets with electric plug-ins by 2022.

Philip Hammond, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer said that the Government will also develop legislation to support the transition to a low carbon transportation system, especially the deployment of charging infrastructure.

During his announcement speech, he said: “There is perhaps no technology as symbolic of the revolution gathering pace around us as driverless vehicles”.

He added: “Our future vehicles will be driverless, but they’ll be electric first. And that’s a change that needs to come as soon as possible”.

About Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs), the Government said that it anticipated that the first fully self-driving cars will hit the road by 2021 and that it will make “world-leading” changes to the regulatory framework to improve safety tests.

Delphine Clement from EATON Corporation, - a global technology and energy company commented on the news: “The Chancellor’s commitment to deliver on emission reductions by backing electric vehicles and boosting purchases of clean fuel cars is hugely welcome – albeit long overdue”.

“A lack of charging infrastructure has been a major barrier to adoption so far but supporting investment in this space will spur on the UK’s shift to electric vehicles”, she added.

The Government also recommitted £557 million for further Contracts for Difference (CfD), the main subsidy scheme which supports low-carbon generation.  

However, it announced that there will be no new low carbon electricity levies, - the mechanism used to control the amount of the cost of renewables passed to the consumers, “until the burden of such costs is falling”. 

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Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it is partnering with Bio-bean, a clean technology company which produces biofuels from coffee waste, to power some of its thousands of buses.

Reportedly, Bio-bean has so far produced enough coffee-based biofuel to power all the routes of a bus for 365 days.

Arthur Kay, co-founder and Chief Executive of Bio-bean, told The Independent: “It’s got high oil content, 20 percent oil by weight in the waste coffee grounds, so it’s a really great thing to make biodiesel out of”.

He explained that this type of biofuel offers  many advantages and most importantly does not require engines to be modified.

The company has partnered with coffee chains, such as Costa and Caffe Nero, and collects 50,000 tonnes of grounds per year, able to produce 6,000 litres of fuel.

Every tonne of recycled coffee contributes to saving 6.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

According to Mr. Kay, the UK produces 500,000 tonnes of coffee waste annually, indicating that there is room for such initiatives to scale-up.

Londoners alone consume on average 2.3 cups of coffee a day, accounting for 200,000 tonnes of coffee waste over a year.

The coffee waste will be converted into biofuels at the company’s factory in Cambridgeshire and it will then be sent to a central tank where London buses refuel.

Transport for London (TfL) has shown increasing interest in biofuels as a way to reduce transport emissions; it already uses biofuels made from waste products such as cooking oil and tallow from meat processing to fuel some of London’s 9,500 buses.

Bio-bean also produces other products from biomass, such as pellets and briquettes to be used in home heating and in stoves; Mr. Kay explains that “coffee grounds are also a good feedstock for our other products  because  it’s packed full of energy and has a higher calorific content than wood”.

He added that the company is aiming to expand saying: “We’re basically looking for places where they drink a huge amount of coffee. Our primary expansion plans are based on where there are instant coffee factories”.

The company is targeting countries such as France, which consumes approximately 38 billion cups of coffee per year. 

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published its anticipated World Energy Outlook 2017 report drawing attention to large-scale shifts that form the global energy landscape, including the rapid deployment of clean energy technologies and the growing electrification of energy.

According to the new IEA report, global energy demand is projected to increase by 30 percent until 2040- an increase equivalent to doubling China and India’s energy needs.

Fossil fuels lose influence as low-carbon technologies will take over the lead role in meeting the world’s energy demand.

Renewables play the most pivotal role, as they are expected to meet 40 percent of global energy demand, followed by natural gas.

As shown in the graph below, coal and oil use is forecast to decrease dramatically, both in China and in the rest of the world.  

                                     Source: World Energy Outlook 2017, IEA

The IEA points out that renewable energy technologies have dominated energy capacity additions from 2010 to 2016, and will continue to do so in the years to come.

Solar will become the largest source of renewable energy after rapid deployment of solar PVs, led by China and India, contributes to further cost reductions worldwide. It is predicted that the technology will grow from 39 gigawatts (GW) in average annual additions from 2010-2016 to 74GW from 2017-2040.

Source: World Energy Outlook 2017, IEA

Annual additions of coal are expected to grow to 65GW, but these mainly constitute projects which have already been announced, or are under construction.

In the European Union, renewables are expected to account for 80 percent of new capacity, and wind power will become the main source of electricity after 2030.

Renewable energy sources are not only linked to the power sector, but also to heating and mobility sectors, which  together contribute to the trend of worldwide electrification.

Electricity will be the most rising end-use of energy, accounting for up to 40 percent of energy final consumption by 2040. 

                                                         Source: World Energy Outlook 2017, IEA

The report also sheds light on the power of China in setting worldwide energy trends.

For example, China’s call for an energy revolution, its aggressive policies against air pollution and the shift to a service-based economic model already contribute to the configuration of a new energy model centred around electricity, natural gas, energy efficiency and digital technologies.

However, health impacts of major pollutants are aggravated as premature deaths from outdoor air pollution rise from 3 million in 2017 to more than 4 million in 2040. This is despite policy interventions and anti-pollution technologies.

The IEA projects that under its ‘New Policies Scenario’ CO2 emissions increase slightly by 2040, alarming policymakers to accelerate climate action.

Greenhouse gas emissions are set to increase due to the significant increase in energy demand; yet, the increase would have been greater if it weren’t for the wide deployment of renewable energy sources.

You can access the Executive Summary of the World Energy Outlook 2017 here

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The California-based Sacramento Kings basketball team hosted its first “Spotlight on Sustainability Night” during Monday’s match with the Denver Nuggets. The evening was a celebration of sustainable and locally-grown agricultural practices.

Every season, the Sacramento Kings Foundation holds three “Impact Nights” that focus on health, sustainability and education highlighting local non-profit organisations.

On Monday, “using basketball an agent of change in the community” it offered the opportunity to Yolo Farm to Fork, a non-profit organisation dedicated to locally-grown food and healthy eating, to take the stage and engage the audience with its message of sustainability.

John Rinehart, Kings President of Business Operations said:  “Sustainability is one of our core values – in the region and at the Kings – and we’re passionate about how we can continue to reduce our impact on the planet”.

He explained: “Through our Spotlight Nights, we’re able to support the work of incredible non-profits by sharing our stage with over 17,000 fans to raise awareness.”

Student gardeners and their families from Yolo Farm to Fork talked about activities on “planting the seeds of healthy living” and educating children to grow their own food.

More specifically, the day featured 3 programmes: “Dig in Yolo”, which provides basic support for public and private school edible gardens from preschool through grade 6; “Growing Lunch”, which empowers student gardeners to harvest food they grow in their school gardens and deliver it to school cafeterias; “Go Visit a Farm”, a programme which takes 4rth through 6th grade students to visit local organic farms. 

The audience was also informed on best practices for growing in-season produce, composting techniques and incorporating farm-fresh food into school lunches and how sustainable food practices reduce negative environmental impact.

Last September, The Golden 1 Centre, the home of the Sacramento Kings received the LEED Platinum certificate- a global standard for measuring the sustainability of buildings and comes at four levels: certified, silver, gold, and platinum.

According to the Sacramento Kings Foundation, it is the first time that a Platinum LEED certification is awarded to an Indoor Sports Venue.

Among other sustainability features, the venue is powered entirely by solar energy, from a 1.2 megawatt (MW) rooftop system and an 11MW solar farm. For ventilation, the stadium uses a reduced energy cooling system and passive climate-controlled air.

Jerry Brown, Governor of California had welcomed the sustainability approach of the Sacramento Kings Foundation, and he has previously commented: “California has more green buildings than any other state in the nation and Sacramento's new arena is an example of the elegant design and construction we need to meet our ambitious climate goals”.

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Finnish-start-up Sulapac has won the 2017 Green Alley Award, the first European award for start-ups dedicated to the promotion of the circular economy, by providing an alternative to plastic packaging for cosmetics.

Suvi Haimi and Laura Kyllönen, co-founders of Sulapac, created sustainable packaging made out of wood and natural adhesives. The product is fully biodegradable and  made of renewable and sustainable raw materials.

Patrick Schulz, CEO of Landbell Group, a member of the jury committee, said: “The decision was not an easy one, but we agreed on Sulapac because of its huge impact on one of the biggest problems of our times – plastic waste”.  

Earlier this November, Sulapac was also selected as the winner of the Sustainable Packaging category at the Sustainable Beauty Awards in Paris.

Suvi Haimi, CEO of Sulapac said: “This autumn has been incredible, and we are truly honoured to receive these international recognitions”.

“Sulapac packages replace plastic with a fully biodegradable patented solution. We have invested in designs and premium appearance to offer a truly interesting alternative to cosmetics and luxury brands”.

The innovative packaging offers a fully functional alternative to traditional packaging materials as it can be mass-produced using existing methods and infrastructure facilities and  the material can be shaped into different forms.

Patrick Schulz added: “Just one year old, the start-up demonstrates how an idea can be successfully implemented and accelerated in a very short time. In Finland, for example, the cosmetics line Niki Newd is already using jars by Sulapac for its products. We see great potential in this packaging solution and look forward to seeing Sulapac on the shelves of local drugstores”.

Other finalists included Mimergy, a start-up aiming to reduce waste from tires; Solmove for an innovative idea to use solar power on streets; Newcy, which created a reusable cup system; Sulftools, which developed an alternative to peptide manufacturing production and Sustonable, which has created composite stone for kitchens and bathrooms.

You can learn more about the Green Alley Award here and more on Sulapac here

Photo credits to Verpackungs-Rundschau

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Last week, the Volkswagen board approved an investment of $40 billion in electric vehicles, autonomous driving and electric mobility technology.

Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen said: “With the planning round now approved, we are laying the foundation for making Volkswagen the world’s No. 1 player in electric mobility by 2025” adding that “the car is now being reinvented”.

Volkswagen will embark on the electrification or hybridization of every one of its approximately 300 brand models, including models from Audi, Porche, Seat and Skoda which the VW Group owns.

Bernd Osterloh, head of the company’s work council, said that €3 billion will be invested in VW’s base plant in Wolfsburg to prepare for the launch of the next generation Golf hatchback, and that the spending targets will include strengthening all of its 10 German factories.

More than €1 billion will be allocated to the Zwickau plant in eastern Germany to upscale electric car production at the site, which will switch to exclusively zero-emission vehicles production in the future.

The total direct investment during the 5-year budget planning is $85 billion.

The company will continue to invest in conventional auto technology, but half of the budgeting is dedicated to clean mobility technologies.

Mr. Osterloh said: “It was long and hard bargaining to safeguard the interests of the employees but I think we can live well with the compromise”.

At the same time, Volkswagen announced a €10 billion investment to new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in China by 2025.

Jochem Heizmann, Head of VW China announced the news during the Guangzhou Auto Show last Thursday, where he explained that VW will partner with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC Motors) for a new joint venture.

VW is set to launch 40 locally produced in China and production will begin during the first half of 2018. 

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