Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess criticized the group of seven leaders for failing to set a firm date to phase out coal power, saying it is senseless to let electric vehicles run on dirty energy.
“That is not enough, @G7. Disappointing outcome,” Diess tweeted Tuesday. “We need to exit coal much earlier! EVs are key to reach the climate goals 2030. But EVs only make sense with green energy, letting EVs run on coal is regulatory nonsense.” @COP26 @BorisJohnson @EU_Commission https://t.co/mOpqn2pJTW
— Herbert Diess (@Herbert_Diess) June 15, 2021
In the final communique that emerged from last week’s summit, the G-7 committed to ending international funding for carbon-intensive fossil fuel energy as soon as possible and speeding up their exit from coal as they decarbonize their electricity sectors in the 2030s. But they were not able to agree on a firmer date due to resistance from one group member.
Diess is leading the most aggressive push into EVs by an established automaker, with plans to launch roughly 70 battery-powered models by the end of the decade. He criticized Germany last year for being too slow and timid in its retreat from coal-fired power plants.