Audi is committed to the sustainable use of raw materials and resources for the conservation of the environment. Audi takes a transparent approach to environmental protection at the company and involves all employees. This allows the company to implement its environmental policy goals for the long term. As a party to the fifth Bavarian Environmental Pact, AUDI AG provides an important contribution to environmental protection.
On the road to sustainable mobility
AUDI AG pursues the objective that the life cycle assessment of a vehicle is optimized even before the first kilometer is driven. Therefore, Audi will lower the specific CO2 emissions by 25 percent based on the period from 2010 to the end of 2018.
- There are plans to reduce CO2 emissions associated with the supply of energy at the German sites by 40 percent per vehicle manufactured by 2020.
- Environmental protection also entails conserving resources, including with respect to noise emissions, wastewater and energy consumption. Once again with 2010 as the baseline, the Group is also striving for an improvement of 25 percent per vehicle manufactured in the key environmental figures for energy, fresh water, waste and volatile organic compounds (VOC) by the end of 2018.
- For the period after 2018, a new target value of 35 percent is planned for the year 2025. Based on values from 2010, the five key figures listed above are to be reduced further, whereby global factors such as energy and CO2 emissions are weighted more strongly.
- Audi is pursuing a vision of manufacturing all vehicles completely CO2-neutral and wastewater-free in the future. In this context, the corporate carbon footprint of the Audi Group was certified in 2014 according to the globally valid standard ISO 14064. Based on detailed calculations, the Group’s total emissions of greenhouse gases are transparent along the entire value chain.
Reducing the ecological footprint
- Recycling: The Ingolstadt, Győr (Hungary) and San José Chiapa (Mexico) production locations feature modern paint shops. Dry separation of the paint particles, air recirculation and exhaust air treatment result in significant reductions in thermal energy and water consumption as well as CO2 emissions compared to conventional systems. Emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) are reduced by over 90 percent compared to the conventional technology with wet separation.
- Water recycling: To save water, Audi built a membrane bioreactor in Ingolstadt. Three treatment stages turn wastewater into hygienically safe industrial water. This will allow a one-third reduction in the amount of fresh water required in production in the future.
- Preserving water resources is a central issue in Mexico. For this reason, an additional wastewater processing plant is currently being built at the Audi plant in San José Chiapa for generating high-quality industrial water. In a first step, the required fresh water volume is reduced by a third.
- In the vicinity of the Mexican plant, 100,000 trees were planted and 25,000 pits were dug for collecting a total of 375,000 cubic meters of rainwater each year. The pits have several functions: They supply trees in the vicinity with water, guide the (filtered) collected water to the water table and reduce soil erosion.
- Green electricity: Audi is increasingly turning to green electricity for its production operations. In Ingolstadt, Audi has been manufacturing cars exclusively with green electricity since early 2012. The high-tech Audi Neuburg site and the Audi Münchsmünster production site procure 100-percent renewably generated electricity, as does the Brussels site. Since early 2018, Neckarsulm receives 50 percent green electricity and is scheduled to be converted to 100 percent by 2021. Other sites are to follow gradually.
- Less CO2:
- Since the fall of 2015, the new geothermal plant near Győr, Hungary, has covered approximately 60 percent of the heating requirements at Audi Hungaria.
- Audi Logistics are a pioneer for climate protection. All rail transport for AUDI AG in Germany has been CO2-neutral since the middle of 2017. This makes Audi the first company in Germany to implement its logistics rail traffic completely climate-neutral. Two modern plug-in hybrid locomotives are used at Ingolstadt for shunting work, significantly reducing emissions.
- Photovoltaic systems are in operation at many Group sites.
- Audi Brussels operates the world’s first certified CO2-neutral volume production in the premium segment. All processes in the vehicle production of the Belgian plant as well as all other emissions generated at the site, which do not arise directly in production, are either covered by renewable energy or compensated with environmental projects.
- Environmental protection beyond the plant gates: The Eichenwald research project of the Audi Environmental Foundation started in 2008. In addition to a test area near Ingolstadt, the project now covers various areas near the sites in Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm, Győr (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium), Sant’Agata Bolognese (Italy) and San José Chiapa (Mexico) with a total of 100,000 trees.
Environmental protection far off from cars
The commitment of AUDI AG to the environment also manifests itself in the Audi Environmental Foundation.The Audi Environmental Foundation is an active supporter of research in new technologies and scientific methods for a future worth living. It was established by AUDI AG in 2009 as a 100% subsidiary and is part of the brand’s social and eco-political activities. Its declared objective is to provide a contribution to environmental protection and to create and support ways and means for sustainable actions. The foundation focuses in particular on the support and development of environmentally compatible technologies, measures for environmental education and on the protection of the natural habitat for humans, animals and plants.