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Edenhofer advises Volkswagen on sustainability issues

09/30/2016 - Volkswagen appointed a sustainability council - one of the members is Ottmar Edenhofer, chief economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The new body will meet for the first time at the end of October in Berlin. VW is selling more cars than any other corporation worldwide. The company is currently under pressure because of manipulations of diesel engines' emission measurements.
Edenhofer advises Volkswagen on sustainability issues

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"The crisis can be an opportunity for VW - an opportunity for a reorientation towards climate-friendly mobility. This is what I'm offering my advice for," says Ottmar Edenhofer who's also a Professor at the Technical University Berlin and Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change. "Since Volkswagen is the world's largest automobile manufacturer, it is of course relevant for the greenhouse gas reductions that are needed if we want to avoid the biggest climate risks. The new council is independent, Volkswagen cannot interfere with our discussions, and we choose our topics ourselves. Any attempt to exploit the sustainability council for greenwashing would backfire. VW knows this very well."

Other members of the council are:
• Connie Hedegaard – former EU Commissioner for Climate Action
• Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost – Professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin
• Georg Kell – Founding Director UN Global Compact
• Yves Leterme – former OECD Deputy Secretary-General and former Prime
  Minister of Belgium
• Prof. Dr. Gertrude Lübbe-Wolff, former Judge at the Federal Constitutional Court
• Margo T. Oge, former Director of Transportation Air Quality, US Environmental
  Protection Agency (EPA)
• Michael Sommer, former President of the Confederation of German Trade Unions
  (DGB)
• Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and
  Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Weblink to VW release: http://www.volkswagenag.com/content/vwcorp/info_center/en/news/2016/09/sustainability_council.html

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