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Audi Environmental Foundation

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Together for a livable future

Three fields of action

The foundation’s actions are both long-term and multifaceted. In all the projects it supports, the Audi Environmental Foundation focuses on nature and the environment as well as on contributing to a sustainable human-environment ecosystem. Everything centers around closed-loop thinking, which gives rise to three fields of action:

Projects around the world and at Audi sites

Oak forest research project

URBANFILTERS against microplastics

What the Future – Membrane Mining

Eco-friendly mining

Environmental protection done internationally

Giving batteries a second life

Press Releases


Clean water in Thailand: Audi Environmental Foundation, Ferry Porsche Foundation and everwave collaborate to clean up Bangkok rivers

Together for clean water: The Audi Environmental Foundation and the Ferry Porsche Foundation will help clean up rivers and waters in Thailand through a new long-term collaboration with green start-up everwave. The focus is on the capital city of Bangkok, where almost 385 tons of plastic are washed into the sea every year.(1) Under the motto "Building Bridges," the partnership aims to make a global commitment to waste disposal.

Peatland protection through climate certificates: Study funded by the Audi Environmental Foundation and LEADER* highlights opportunities for the Donaumoos

Peatlands are considered efficient long-term carbon reservoirs. By storing enormous amounts of carbon in layers of peat, they thus help reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. How the transition from drainage-based to a sustainable peat-preserving use of land can be achieved, is the subject of the feasibility study “CO2-regio”, funded by the Audi Environmental Foundation. The study examines how measures for rewetting in the Donaumoos could be reconciled with the needs of local farmers.

Audi Environmental Foundation supports US coastal restoration

Audi Environmental Foundation (AEF) has awarded grants to two U.S. non-profits – Save The Bay and The Chesapeake Bay Foundation – providing $100,000 to each organization alongside Audi of America employee volunteer opportunities. The joint initiative is launching as “Restore our Bays”. Audi of America partnered with AEF to select the non-profit groups, recognizing the importance of its work to improve climate resilience along each coast. Water conservation and ecosystem protection are priorities for Audi, as we continue to work toward a global commitment to cut water consumption per vehicle produced in half by 2035 compared to 2019 levels*.

Drones for environmental protection: monitoring of meadow orchards successfully completed

The project launched in the summer of 2018 – and now the results are being presented: Over the past three years, research drones from the Heidelberg University of Education repeatedly circled over the meadow orchards in the community of Bad Schönborn between Heidelberg and Karlsruhe. Covering an area of around 500 hectares, roughly ten hectares of which were meadow orchards, the drones carried out a comprehensive digital monitoring survey that automatically classified and evaluated the fruit trees. This involved categorizing the trees according to their state of health, such that targeted care measures can now be undertaken to improve their vitality. Private individuals are also encouraged to sponsor the care of fruit trees via a specially created platform. The Audi Environmental Foundation supported the project over its entire duration.

Audi at the 2022 Greentech Festival New York

Audi will participate in Greentech Festival New York on Sept. 15 and 16. This conference with international roots invites discussion on topics related to sustainable development, climate, and environmental protection. Audi is a founding partner of Greentech Festival and participated in Greentech Berlin earlier this year. The festival includes a variety of opportunities for conversation among participants including open forums, panel discussions, keynote speeches, and bootcamp sessions.

Visions of the future in Manchester: Audi brings young talents to the One Young World Summit

New ideas for a better world: The One Young World Summit, held in Manchester from September 5 to 8, will bring together more than 2,000 young people to discuss the societal challenges of our time. The program of this year’s conference is characterized by a wide variety of topics for a world worth living in. Audi will also be part of the event. The company, along with Bentley and the Audi Environmental Foundation, is sending a total of 29 employees and scholarship holders from all over the world to England’s northwest – with groundbreaking projects in tow. Xavier Ros, Member of the Board of Management for Human Resources and Organization at AUDI AG, sees recognizing and promoting sustainable innovations by young pioneers as a fundamental task of our time and part of Audi’s DNA.

Green Market at Audi Forum Ingolstadt: A marketplace for sustainability

At a Green Market on the square at Audi Forum Ingolstadt, Audi and several “green neighbors” from the region will be presenting their ideas and products for environmental living. Entrance to the event and its eclectic fringe program is free of charge.

Membrane mining: Sustainable extraction of high-tech metals

The Audi Environmental Foundation has joined forces with the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology to research new ways of mining high-tech elements. These metals and so-called rare earths are indispensable for modern technologies such as fiber optics, photovoltaics, and semiconductors. Membrane technology is used to mine the raw materials underground in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner.

Second-life use: Audi e-tron battery modules power electrify rickshaws in India

A second life for electric car batteries: The German–Indian start-up Nunam is bringing three electric rickshaws to the roads of India. They are powered by used batteries taken from test vehicles in the Audi e-tron test fleet. The aim of the project is to explore how modules made with high-voltage batteries can be reused after their car life cycle and become a viable second-life use case. The project also aims to strengthen job opportunities for women in India in particular: They will be provided with the e-rickshaws to transport their goods. The non-profit start-up based in Berlin and Bangalore is funded by the Audi Environmental Foundation. Nunam developed the three prototypes in collaboration with the training team at Audi’s Neckarsulm site, which in turn benefits from the intensive intercultural exchange. This is the first joint project between both AUDI AG and the Audi Environmental Foundation in addition to Nunam.
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Audi and Litro de Luz install lampposts and solar lamps in Amazonian communities

Audi do Brasil, Audi Environmental Foundation and Litro de Luz promoted the installation of almost 200 solar energy lighting solutions for riverside communities in the Amazon. The action carried out on the Negro River, starting in Manaus, brought 30 lampposts and more than 150 lanterns to the residents of Nova Canaã, Nova Jerusalém and Lindo Amanhecer. The activity took place between April 20th and 24th and benefited more than 600 residents.
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Danube cleanup mission in Romania: more than five boatloads of garbage collected daily

For the second year in a row, the Audi Environmental Foundation is working with the green startup everwave and German cosmetics manufacturer BABOR BEAUTY GROUP to collect garbage floating in rivers and help preserve biodiversity and protect natural environments for animals and plants. The Ferry Porsche Foundation is also participating for the first time this year as our fourth action partner. The quartet is using everwave’s garbage collection boat Collectix for five weeks to clear the Olt River around the city of Făgăraș.

Microplastics filter passes endurance test: Positive interim results for URBANFILTER project

The Audi Environmental Foundation has developed filters for urban runoff in conjunction with the Technical University of Berlin. They prevent tire wear particles and other environmentally harmful substances from being washed into sewers and bodies of water along with rainwater. Initial field and lab tests have now demonstrated the efficiency of the system.
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