AUDI AG wants to make economics and ecology mutually compatible. It openly communicates the measures taken for environmental protection at its sites and involves all employees in these efforts. The company implements its environmental policy goals over the long term. For this purpose, Audi has made intensive use, in recent years, of the Audi Production System (APS), in order to comply with many environmental aims and Audi’s environmental policy at all levels. Within the framework of the APS, Audi’s environmental standards apply to the production operations in Changchun and Foshan.
The new factory in Foshan is operated in accordance with ecological criteria. Various measures are taken such as heat recovery, process-water recirculation and extensive recycling. This helps the company to reduce CO2 emissions by 100,000 tons each year. In 2015, a ten-megawatt solar system was installed on the factory roofs. It went into operation in September and supplies 5% of the plant’s electricity.
The A3 e-tron was launched in 2015 as the first Audi PHEV on the market. The Audi A6 L e-tron, which has been specially developed for the Chinese market, is produced in Changchun. The imported Audi Q7 e-tron will be available in China in 2017.
In 2011, Audi started an efficiency program with its partner FAW‑Volkswagen that has reduced the average fuel consumption of the Audi models produced in China by more than 20%. A significant contribution is made by the efficient start-stop technology in all locally produced models. Systematic lightweight construction also increases efficiency. In 2012, Audi was the first manufacturer to integrate lightweight components in local production in China in the new Audi A6 L.
Audi is active in China also in various initiatives in the field of culture and sport. The company sponsors five Chinese Olympic winter‑sports national teams (figure skating, speed skating, snowboard half pipe, alpine skiing and freestyle skiing) as well as the “World Snow Day.” Audi has been supporting the Beijing Music Festival for eleven years and also supports other cultural projects such as the Audi Summer Concert. For over four years, Audi has been involved in improving health care for orphans: Together with the Aiyou Charitable Foundation, Audi operates the Aiyou FAW-VW Audi Shanghai Babies Home. It had received 1,061 babies and cured 1,010 of them by the end of 2016.