September 01, 2002

‘Catalyst for Change’ or Green Wash?: NGOs Respond to Mobility 2001 Report

The million-dollar Mobility 2001 study mostly covers familiar territory. While not as biased as one would expect given its sponsors, it generalizes too much from US experience. It also lacks insights into the very subjects these corporations should be strongest, such as projections for future oil reserves, and trends in cleaner vehicle technology development. As the project moves into its second phase, recent PR reports from the Mobility 2001 web site, plugging products from Renault and Volkswagen, have re-awakened NGO fears that the Mobility 2001 project is becoming primarily a tool for ‘green marketing’ and ‘greenwashing’.

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