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Audi e-tron Production at the CO2-neutral plant of Audi Brussels

Creating and procuring innovations: Under this motto, Audi Procurement is helping to shape the future topics of electric mobility and digitization. Procurement enters into dialog with suppliers and startups already in the predevelopment phase, and develops innovative technologies together with them. In a spirit of partnership and as equals – that’s the credo for the cooperation. Audi also takes systematic action to ensure a sustainable supply chain. Audi assumes corporate responsibility for the environment and society and wants to work only with partners who think and act in the same way.

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  • 11/12/21
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    Audi employees are coaching sustainable startups: Award ceremony for the European Impact Hero

    The Day of the Heroes had finally arrived: the European Impact Hero had been chosen. Together with its partners Audi, Volkswagen, SAP, and Microsoft Germany, the Center for Open Social Innovation (COSI) invited to the closing event of this six-month ideas program for sustainable startups yesterday. In rounds of pitches, ten finalists presented their ideas and concepts concerning climate neutrality, circular economies, and supply-chain management. Corporate volunteers from Audi and its other partners had coached them for the occasion. Sabine Maassen, Board Member for Human Resources and Organization at AUDI AG, says: “That is living corporate social responsibility – and it pays into the working environment of tomorrow.”
  • 06/17/21
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    Supply chain monitoring: Audi uses artificial intelligence (AI) for sustainability

    The automotive manufacturing supply chain is complex. This makes it all the more important to understand potential risks and identify correlations at an early stage. Since October 2020, intelligent algorithms have been analyzing news about suppliers from publicly available online media sources and social networks as part of a pilot project being conducted in around 150 countries worldwide. This analysis encompasses sustainability criteria such as environmental pollution, human rights violations, and corruption. If there is any suspicion of potential sustainability violations, artificial intelligence sounds the alarm.
  • 06/17/21
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    A new lease on life: recycling automotive plastics

    As part of the THINKTANK Industrial Resource Strategies, researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have been working with Audi for a good six months on the pilot project “Chemical Recycling of plastics from automotive manufacturing.” Now that the project has been completed, it is clear that the Chemical Recycling of mixed plastic waste is both technically feasible and environmentally and financially promising. The plastic waste from automotive manufacturing can be processed into pyrolysis oil and could replace petroleum as a raw material for the production of high-quality plastic components in Audi models. The material cycles closed in this way save valuable resources, energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As such, Chemical Recycling represents a viable alternative to energy recovery and complements mechanical processing. In this way, Audi could use fossil resources for longer and thus scale back the procurement of additional fossil resources accordingly. Together with partners from the chemical industry and KIT, Audi now plans to take the next step and research the industrialization of this cycle.

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