AUDI AG aims to reconcile economy and ecology. It takes a transparent approach to operational environmental protection and involves all employees in such activities. The company can thus sustainably implement its environmental policy goals. The Audi Production System (APS) has been used intensively for this purpose in recent years as a means of implementing the numerous environmental aspects and Audi’s environmental policy at all levels. Audi’s environmental standards also apply to production in Changchun and Foshan within the framework of the APS.
The factory in Foshan is built in accordance with ecological criteria. Among the measures implemented there are heat recovery, closed-loop use of process water and integrated recycling. Green spaces are watered using specially treated recycled water from a reverse osmosis system.
In 2015, a ten-megawatt solar system was installed on the factory roofs. Since commissioning, the system has met five percent of the plant’s annual electricity needs.
The paint shop has been using the state-of-the-art E-Cube paint separation system since 2017. This significantly reduces the energy requirement and water consumption compared with conventional paint separation systems. The Foshan press shop uses cutting-edge electric-powered servo presses, which reduces oil consumption and machine wear. Thanks to these and other measures, CO2 emissions at Foshan can be reduced by as much as 300,000 metric tons per year.
The Audi A3 e-tron* was launched in 2015 as the first Audi PHEV. The Audi A6 L e-tron was specially developed for the Chinese market and is produced in Changchun. The imported Audi Q7 e-tron has been available since 2017. Audi and its partner FAW-Volkswagen will produce four all-electric models in the next four years.
Audi is involved in numerous cultural and sports initiatives in China. The company sponsors six Chinese Olympic winter sports national teams (figure skating, speed skating, short track speed skating, snowboard half pipe, alpine skiing and freestyle skiing) as well as the “World Snow Day.” Audi has supported the Beijing Music Festival for twelve years now and also supports other cultural projects, such as the Salzburg Festival in China. Audi has been involved in improving health care for orphans for over five years. Together with the Aiyou Charitable Foundation, Audi operates the Aiyou FAW-VW Audi Shanghai Babies’ Home. Through the end of 2017, 1,295 orphaned children with health problems have been taken in. 1,231 of them are now back in good health. Audi won three CSR prizes in China in 2017:
- 2017 Philanthropy Prize from China Youth News
- 2017 Annual Brand Public Welfare Award from China Automotive News
- 2017 China Annual Benchmark Award for Automobile CSR from Auto Business Review