At Audi, environmental protection is part of the corporate strategy. This applies to technology as well as to the manufacturing process. The most stringent of environmental standards are applied at the Audi Brussels site. In 2013, the Brussels region recognized the plant as an “eco-dynamic company” – a regional environmental certification that is awarded every three years. Audi Brussels was awarded the highest rating of three stars. Since 2001, the Brussels site has also been certified according to the environmental audit of the European Commission (EMAS: Eco-Management and Audit Scheme). Audi Brussels installed a photovoltaic system with a total area of 37,000 square meters (398,264.7 sq ft) at the plant site. Audi Brussels thus operates the largest photovoltaic system in Brussels, reducing CO2 emissions by roughly 14,230 tons per annum. In late 2016, the “Trends” weekly honored the Audi Brussels plant with its Business Award as Belgium’s most ecological company. The brand with the four rings won in the face of strong competition. The jury stated that the key criterion for the decision was the convincing overall sustainability concept of Audi Brussels.