|Drax Power Station|
Volkswagen’s rigging of emissions tests for 11m cars means they may be responsible, worldwide, for an extra 1,000,000 tonnes of air pollution every year, the same as the UK’s entire annual emissions for all power stations, vehicles, industry and agriculture combined, a Guardian analysis suggests.
The company admitted the device may have been fitted to 11m of its vehicles worldwide. If that proves correct, VW’s defective vehicles could be responsible for between 237,161 and 948,691 tonnes of NOx emissions each year, 10 to 40 times the pollution standard for new models in the US. Western Europe’s biggest power station, Drax in the UK, emits 39,000 tonnes of NOx each year.