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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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06/22/22
Sustainability

#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.
06/17/22
Company

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.
06/17/22
Company

"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.
06/15/22
Company

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.
06/08/22
Technology

Audi continues to roll out charging hub after success of initial pilot phase

Feedback following the pilot phase of the Audi charging hub in Nuremberg turned out to be overwhelmingly positive. The fact that repeat customers accounted for some 60 percent of charging sessions confirms the Four Ring’s globally unique, urban charging concept. The Audi charging hub mostly serves urban drivers who aren’t able to charge at home. Starting in the second half of the year, a second compact Audi charging hub pilot site will open in downtown Zurich, followed by sites in Salzburg and Berlin. Additional sites are slated to open in Germany in 2023 and mid-2024.
06/08/22
Technology

An ideal basis for planning: Range display in Audi electric cars gives a reliable picture

Whether you’re driving around the corner, commuting to work, or going on vacation: When you’re on the road in an electric car, reliable range indications form the basis for planning all your mobility needs. Statutory test cycles as the basis for range indication can only serve as a general guide for planning since, in practice, range is impacted by numerous parameters. In addition to external factors such as congestion, route topography, or outside temperatures, driver-specific influences including individual driving style or the use of comfort features also play an important role. The remaining range display in the all-electric e-tron models from Audi passes this test in flying colors by factoring in all relevant parameters and providing a realistic picture. On top of that, the route planner ensures that any necessary charging stops on the trip are ideally planned into the route. Route planning can either be set up from inside the car or prior to departure using the convenient myAudi app.
06/08/22
Technology

Audi battery testing center in Gaimersheim: Where range and fast charging come together

Electric models must be suitable for everyday use. Purchasing decisions are significantly affected above all by range, but also by the charging performance of the built-in high-voltage batteries. For this reason, Audi designs, develops, and checks battery cells and battery components on its own at its battery testing center in Gaimersheim.
06/03/22
Company

From truck to rail: Audi switches up delivery of battery modules for Brussels

A holistic approach to carbon-neutral logistics is celebrating its premiere: Battery modules and cells from Hungary will in future be delivered to Brussels by rail instead of truck. This switch will reduce annual carbon emissions by around 2,600 tons – and serves as a model for revolutionizing, if possible, all shipments of the car manufacturer’s battery components. Reducing the company’s ecological footprint is the central goal of the cross-site environmental program Mission:Zero.
05/25/22
Company

We.Together: International Diversity and Inclusion Days show diversity of Audi Group

How attractive is job sharing for male managers? What are the experiences of one year of gender-sensitive language? Can social media promote diversity? And what is the best way to overcome boundaries through working together? To celebrate European Diversity Month, Audi is offering employees all over the world an online event covering a range of topics and spanning multiple days. The event will highlight the high value the international Audi family places on diversity and inclusion.
05/19/22
Audi MediaCenter

Solidarity still in focus: Audi is again making donations in support of people from Ukraine

Audi’s support for victims of the war in Ukraine continues unabated. The company is donating another € 750,000 to aid organizations around Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm. Lots of other aid work to be added around “Neighbors Day” on May 20 as well. At the same time, proceeds from a digital art auction will go to UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe, the German partner organization to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
05/16/22
Company

Audi is designing a hybrid working world

Audi is expanding its hybrid work model. After the pandemic, the working world will be a mix of remote and on-site work. Together with the Works Council, the in-house Better Normal project is developing fields of activity for every division of the company. Concrete solutions are also being developed for areas where remote work is not possible. That is how Audi is continuously promoting the company’s digital transformation.
05/03/22
Audi MediaCenter

Aid for Ukraine: Audi employees are volunteering

On February 24, the day Anna Demchenko’s native country was attacked, she was on her phone every minute. As friends and family members in Ukraine described the local situation to her, colleagues from Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm were asking how they could help. At the same time, this sales representative was busy getting her sister and her two small children out of the war zone and to Anna’s house.
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