2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:36
For Greenpeace, Porsche only produces air bubbles for climate protection. The fact that the sports car manufacturer wants to offer the Cayenne as a hybrid is the wrong way for the environmental protection organization.
The environmental protection organization Greenpeace continued its protests at German car manufacturers in front of the corporate headquarters of the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer Porsche on Thursday. After Greenpeace protested at BMW, Mercedes and Audi in the past few days, the environmental activists have now also accused Porsche of producing “climate pigs”.
Promises not kept
For this purpose, Greenpeace members converted a Cayenne off-road vehicle with a pink color, snout and ears into a “climate pig”. As with the previous actions, there was a seven-meter-high and nine-meter-long cloud of material behind the vehicle: it symbolizes the car's excessive carbon dioxide emissions. The sack and a banner read: “Porsche produces climate pigs”.
"For years, car manufacturers like Porsche have made promises about climate protection that they don't keep," said Greenpeace traffic expert Marc Specowius. "Above all, it is the German companies that are turning the auto industry's commitment to climate protection into a bubble."
As Greenpeace announced in a press release, the carbon dioxide emissions of Porsche vehicles produced in 2006 averaged 297 grams per kilometer. Consumption of more than twelve liters of petrol per 100 kilometers. With a declaration of self-commitment, the European manufacturers agreed to reduce the fleet consumption of new vehicles to 140 grams by 2008. The EU Commission requires an average C02 value of 130 grams per kilometer by 2012. “With an average CO2 emissions of up to 358 grams per kilometer, the Porsche Cayenne is a real climate pig. As one of the most important image carriers of the automotive industry, Porsche is sending a completely wrong signal."
On the wrong way
Greenpeace cannot understand that Porsche is currently working on a hybrid for the off-road vehicle. “Porsche is on the wrong track if they want to build the Cayenne with hybrid technology in the future. This increases the vehicle weight even further. With existing technology and a vehicle concept that uses fewer and no more resources, the Cayenne's consumption could be reduced by up to 40 percent,”says Specowius.
The sports car manufacturer took note of the protest with serenity. The car company welcomed the surprised Greenpeace demonstrators in front of the main plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen with a large poster that read: “Done! Greenpeace demonstrates at Porsche. Now we are who! ». This was the first Greenpeace demonstration in the almost 60-year history of Porsche.
Porsche emphasized that only twelve percent of CO2 emissions in Germany came from car traffic. Porsche's share of this is less than one per thousand. At the end of the decade, Porsche is also bringing a hybrid Cayenne onto the market that uses less than nine liters per 100 kilometers and thus around 25 percent less petrol. (AG / dpa)
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