Audi’s Mission:Zero environmental program
Mission:Zero is the Audi environmental program for consistently sustainable production All activities and measures for reducing our ecological footprint at Audi sites worldwide, in Production, and in Logistics are bundled here. The focus is on Audi’s key challenges of decarbonization, water use, resource efficiency, and biodiversity. One key objective is to have carbon-neutral production locations by 2025.
Mission:Zero at the Győr site
- Audi Hungaria has been carbon-neutral since January 1, 2020. That makes Audi Hungaria the Audi Group’s second carbon neutral site after Audi Brussels.
- Since 1999, Audi Hungaria has used an environmental management system that adheres to the particularly strict guidelines set by the EU’s EMAS regulation and the requirements of the international environmental standard ISO 14001. Since 2011, the company’s certified energy management system under ISO 50001 has also been integrated into the environmental management system. Audi Hungaria’s environmental management system has EMAS register number 1 in Hungary – clear evidence of the company’s environmental commitment.
- Audi Hungaria is Hungary’s biggest consumer of geothermal energy. Over 70 percent of the heat energy that the company needs has been covered by geothermal energy since 2015. The system provides Audi Hungaria with at least 82,000 MWh of heat energy each year. The company has used 545 GWh of geothermal energy since 2015, which has enabled it to reduce its carbon emissions by 110,000 tons.
- In cooperation with DB Cargo, Audi transports components, engines, and vehicles between its plants in Ingolstadt, Brussels, and Győr carbon neutrally by “green trains.”
- In 2020, Audi Hungaria together with E.ON Hungaria set up a solar energy park covering about 160,000 square meters (1,722,226 sq. ft.) on the roofs of the company’s two logistics centers. That means that Europe’s largest rooftop photovoltaic system is on the grounds of the Audi Hungaria plant in Győr. It reaches maximum power of twelve megawatts.
- Audi Hungaria has been carbon-neutral since January 1, 2020. The Győr site implemented four steps in the interest of decarbonization. The first was setting up green power so that the company now gets all of its electricity from renewable sources. That means that Audi Hungaria relies intensively on solar energy – thanks to the activation of Europe’s largest rooftop photovoltaic system. The second is heat energy through geothermics. In its third step, Audi Hungaria covers its natural gas consumption with biomethane certificates. Audi Hungaria compensates for carbon emissions that cannot currently be avoided – for instance emissions from engine test stands – with internationally recognized, certified carbon credits. That is the fourth step, which covers about five percent of its carbon emissions.
- The Aluminum Closed Loop project began in 2021. Within that framework, aluminum waste that is produced in the course of production is collected according to type and brought back to a supplier company that turns it into new aluminum coils of the same original quality and brings them back to Audi. That is a closed loop for sustainable production.
- Audi Hungaria, the Audi Environmental Foundation, and Clear Rivers jointly initiated a project for a clean Danube. A litter trap made of recycled plastic has been installed in the Danube. The mobile catch basin collects plastic waste while integrated retention devices prevent the collected plastic waste from washing out again.
- Smart beehive for more biodiversity: The company has teamed up with the “we4bee” initiative, which is supported by the Audi Environmental Foundation. The project has expanded beekeeping on the Audi Hungaria plant grounds with a smart beehive that is equipped with high-tech sensors.
AUDI HUNGARIA Zrt. has been an important driver in the development of the Hungarian economy and the city of Győr since 1993. For Audi Hungaria, it is only natural to take on social responsibility and promote local cultural and sporting events with the goal of improving the quality of life in the region.
Examples from the cultural scene include sponsorship of the Győr Ballet Ensemble, funding the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra, and supporting various cultural events, such as the Jazz Terrace in Pannonhalma.
AUDI HUNGARIA Zrt. is also committed to sports in Győr. The company has been the main and name sponsor of Győr’s AUDI ETO women’s handball team since 2006 and the name sponsor of the 5,500-seat Audi Aréna Győr.
Additionally, Audi Hungaria is committed to the handball team of Győr's Audi ETO KC and the Győri Balett. Audi Hungaria signed the new, three-year sponsorship agreement in October 2021.
In terms of social engagement, Audi Hungaria has played a part in elevating the quality of living in the region through its contributions to cultural and sports sponsorship as well as social initiatives and environmental action.
The month of October 2021 was loaded with good deeds at the company: Audi Hungaria employees did volunteer work for welfare institutions or beautified the residential environment. The month of good deeds continued with a lecture series in which colleagues shared their expertise and experience with small and mid-sized companies from the region.
Audi Hungaria is once more supporting Győr's hospital in the fight against the coronavirus, this time with about 50 million forints. This support is making it possible to acquire additional equipment for treating and caring for patients. The company has supported medical and welfare institutions in the region since the start of the corona pandemic with a total of about 200 million forints to date. Previous company donations enabled the Győr hospital to purchase ventilators and special protective clothing.Additionally, the company has provided the Red Cross with an Audi A4 Avant.