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 site. This means that Audi operates the largest photovoltaic system in Brussels, generating more than 3,000 megawatt hours of electricity and reducing CO2 emissions by around 700 metric tons per year. In late 2016, the plant received the Business Award from the weekly magazine Trends. Audi Brussels was chosen as Belgium’s most ecological company. The brand with the four rings won against strong competition. The jury stated that the key criterion for the decision was the convincing overall sustainability concept of Audi Brussels. Future production of the first electric car of the Audi brand at the Brussels plant will be CO2‑neutral. To achieve this, Audi Brussels will procure green electricity and purchase biogas certificates to make its heat-generation activities CO2‑neutral.There are also compensation projects for emissions produced in part by the company’s own fleet. Independent experts have certified the CO2‑neutrality.