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Four rings: future-oriented action

Audi stands for premium quality, the forward-looking and sparing use of resources, and environmentally friendly production. The ambitious goal is to achieve net carbon-neutral production. Through its environmental program “Mission:Zero”, Audi is consolidating all related environmental protection measures. The focus is on four areas of activity: decarbonization in production and logistics, water use, resource efficiency, and biodiversity. Furthermore, Audi is already lowering emissions in the earliest stages of the supply chain. Because an intelligent use of resources saves materials and reduces energy consumption. In turn, this reduces carbon dioxide emissions in upstream production processes and lower levels of the supply chain.
At Audi, the mobility of the future is electric. But the central question is: How does the brand with the four rings envision sustainable mobility? On the one hand, the vision includes all-electric models that are produced and delivered to customers under net carbon neutral conditions. At the same time, electromobility is only as green as the electricity used to charge it. That’s why the brand with the four rings is investing in charging infrastructure, promoting the expansion of renewable energies, and analyzing the life cycle of its models to identify even more carbon savings potential. The premium brand is keeping all its processes in sight: the sourcing of raw materials, their supply chain, and production itself in addition to the utilization phase and recycling or reuse at the end of a car’s life cycle.
From product design and purchasing via production and marketing through to reuse and recycling: Audi wants to make cycles an integral part of the automotive value chain. After all, when a car reaches the end of its service life, it is still far from being over. Returning materials to cycles saves resources and energy that would otherwise be required to produce new raw materials.
With its systematic electrification strategy, Audi has set the course for a sustainable future. The Four Ring’s commitment to becoming the leading provider of sustainable premium mobility is based on a holistic strategy that touches every division of the company. Audi is including our employees in the transformation process: we invest in qualification and apprenticeship and live our company values of integrity, diversity, inclusion, and appreciation. Above and beyond our commitment to reducing emissions, we ensure that human rights are upheld throughout the supply chain. By implementing ESG criteria in all our company processes, Audi has made its commitments transparent and mesaurable.
Audi accepts responsibility. For our employees, but also for the people and the natural world in the regions where our sites are located and beyond. The company promotes education and charitable organizations, culture and sports. We also encourage volunteer work and lend a hand in response to disasters. Through the Audi Environmental Foundation, Audi supports research into new technologies and scientific methods for a livable future.

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Recycling and upcycling at Lamborghini

Sustainability is a pillar of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.’s corporate strategy. Resource-efficient upcycling and recycling play a particularly important role in this. For instance, the Italian super sports car manufacturer helps conserve natural resources and avoid CO2 emissions that would otherwise accrue with the manufacture of these products. The super sports car manufacturer’s environmental management also works in accordance with a continual improvement process. In 2009, Lamborghini was certified as compliant with the environmental management standard ISO 14001 for the first time. This international norm represents a globally accepted and applied standard for environmental management systems. In the same year, the first upcycling project got started at the plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese – and several projects have been added since then.

Audi Denkwerkstatt and Techstars search for and support startups for Audi’s ecosystem

Startups to contribute to the success of Audi’s strategy: In collaboration with the internationally renowned startup accelerator Techstars, Audi Denkwerkstatt is launching a new program for early-stage startups and future founders. The innovation unit of Audi is thereby tying into one of the key fields of action in the corporate strategy “Vorsprung 2030”: building a customer-centric digital ecosystem centered around the car. It focusses on business ideas that aim to improve the mobility experience and offer users tangible added value in their everyday lives. Innovative products, services and technologies in the digital realm will therefore play a particularly important role. The goal of the program is to support and nurture founders as well as startups while getting digital, mobility-related business models ready for the market more quickly in a highly competitive environment.

75 hectares for the future – eco-friendly soil remediation and sustainable energy concept at the IN-Campus technology park

From a refinery site to a sustainable, innovative technology park: This is the success story of IN-Campus, which Audi and the city of Ingolstadt are building in the heart of Bavaria. In addition to technological innovation, the IN-Campus also stands for ecological and sustainable renewal. With environmentally friendly soil remediation now concluded, a modern quarter for high-tech from a wide range of fields, from vehicle safety to intelligent networking, is being created on an area of 60 hectares. The site’s smart energy concept includes renewable energies, waste heat recovery, and heat storage. Another 15 hectares will become a nature and landscape area.

Closed loop system for aluminium: Volkswagen Slovakia heads for CO2 neutrality

Volkswagen Slovakia is the first of the Group's multi-brand sites to join the Aluminium Closed Loop project. This involves the recycling of aluminium stamping offcuts from the press shop, which are returned to the supplier of the aluminium rolls. The aluminium offcuts are reprocessed at the supplier to enable them to be returned to production without any loss of quality. The use of secondary aluminium saves up to 95 percent of energy compared to primary aluminium. The CO2 savings and efficient resource management also contribute to greater sustainability. Among other things, body parts for the Audi Q7 and Q8 models are pressed at the Bratislava plant.

Bentley Motors first to receive South Pole’s “Net Zero Plastic to Nature” Status

Bentley Motors has become the first company to be awarded South Pole’s Net Zero Plastic to Nature accreditation after engaging in a successful waste stewardship appraisal. The status, which is internationally-recognised, reflects the company’s ongoing environmental initiatives and is a key part of Bentley’s Beyond100 strategy to achieve end- to-end carbon neutrality by 2030.

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.

Water recycling at Audi Brussels – commitment to sustainable use of water resources

Gray water instead of fresh water: Audi Brussels is investing in the "Re-use" project and together with Hydria, the Brussels South Wastewater Treatment Plant, is integrating it into the plant’s water supply. The establishment of a circular water system saves around 100,000 cubic meters of drinking water annually. As a CO2-neutral plant, Audi Brussels pursues a holistic sustainable approach and relies on innovative measures that ensure resource-saving and sustainable production.

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.

#TogetherWeChange: Audi at the GREENTECH FESTIVAL 2022

#TogetherWeChange – The GREENTECH FESTIVAL 2022 is getting started under that motto. Europe’s biggest festival for green innovation, inspiration, and ideas will take place between June 22-24, 2022 on the grounds of Berlin’s former Tegel airport. Once more, Audi is a founding partner of the international sustainability conference and offering wide-ranging insights into its own sustainability projects. At its exhibition stand, visitors will learn about the technologies and concepts that the company has developed and put into practice to improve sustainability in its value chain. At the same time, the GREENTECH FESTIVAL will also include KOA22: Berlin’s first HR festival for women will network talent from numerous industries.

Sustainability in Audi’s gastronomy services: “We want to make a good choice easy”

Ingolstadt, June 17, 2022 – Audi has decided to reduce emissions through its entire value chain. At first glance, it might seem surprising that its gastronomy services also play a small, but important role. However, that is cleared up on a closer look: sustainability with an eye toward what we eat means handling our resources carefully, protecting our environment, and avoiding long storage or transportation distances. Therefore, Audi’s gastronomy services consistently orient their offerings toward these criteria – and they do it across the entire value chain, from fostering regional suppliers to reducing carbon emissions to avoiding food waste in Audi’s company cafeterias. To mark the Day of sustainable gastronomy (June 18), Victoria Broscheit, head of Audi’s gastronomy services, sat for an interview about the company’s role as a multiplier for sustainable and healthy food, employees’ growing interest in conscious eating – and the question of why sustainability in gastronomy services is also a matter of attitude.

"A win-win for both sides. And for humanity."

32 years ago, the Georgian Chamber Orchestra found its exile in Ingolstadt. Since then, it has been anchored firmly in the city's cultural life. It is impossible to imagine the Audi Summer Concerts without it. This year, it will again perform at the Audi Klassik Open, bringing memories of the orchestra's eventful history back to life. Two of the orchestra's musicians share a story of hope.

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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