Balancing business and environmental concerns is a core aspect of AUDI AG’s identity. It openly communicates its industrial environmental protection work and involves all employees in such activities. This approach ensures that the company systematically implements its environmental goals. The Audi Production System (APS) has been used intensively for this purpose in recent years as a means of implementing Audi’s environmental policy at all levels. By participating in the fourth Bavarian Environmental Pact, AUDI AG makes important contributions to not only sustainable development but also environmental protection.
En route to sustainable mobility, it is imperative that life-cycle assessments are excellent even before cars leave the assembly line. AUDI AG is consequently hard at work improving carbon footprints at its manufacturing hubs. The company is also striving to reduce its specific CO2 emissions by 25 percent by the year 2018 compared to emissions in 2010. With respect to supplying energy to Audi’s German sites, there are plans to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 40 percent by 2020. Audi is also pursuing its vision of CO2-neutral manufacturing of all vehicles made in Ingolstadt. Other sites are to follow.
Environmental protection also entails using natural resources sparingly. For instance, it is important to reduce wastewater, noise emissions, and energy consumption. Compared to figures from 2010, the entire Group is striving for a 25 percent reduction by 2018 as regards the following environmental metrics: energy, fresh water, waste disposal and organic solvents (volatile organic compounds).
Consequently, the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) of the European Union is implemented at all AUDI AG sites. Furthermore, the Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm, Győr and Sant’Agata Bolognese sites already conform to the new ISO 50001 standard, which poses especially demanding requirements concerning systematic and ongoing reductions in energy consumption. The sites where the Audi Group produces within the VW Group network also satisfy the requirements of an environmental management system. The production sites in Bratislava (Slovakia), Martorell (Spain), Aurangabad (India) and Changchun (China) are certified as per the global standard ISO 14001.
- Audi is always striving to reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions even further. Indeed, the company is building up long-term expertise regarding electric powertrains, continuously optimizing its high-efficiency TDI and TFSI engines, and fully tapping the potential of lightweight design. Audi already offers 104 engine and transmission variants that emit less than 140 grams of CO2 per kilometer (225.31 g/mile), and 32 with less than 120 grams CO2 per kilometer (193.12 g/mile). That puts Audi right on top of the list of premium manufacturers.
- Audi is using more and more green power at its production facilities. Since early 2012, for instance, the entire Ingolstadt plant has been running on electricity generated from renewable energy.
- Audi uses “green trains” powered by renewable electricity to transport vehicles from the plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm to the North Sea shipment port in Emden, Germany.
- Photovoltaic systems are in operation at many Audi Group sites.
- Environmental protection is not limited to Audi property. In cooperation with the Technical University (TU) of Munich and other project partners, the automotive manufacturer conducts the international Oak Forest CO2 Reservoir research project. Participating experts are studying interactions between forest density, the trees’ potential for absorbing CO2 and biological diversity. Various Audi Group sites are home to some 90,000 English oak trees. There are plans for even more trees.
In recognition of steadfast commitment to its sustainability strategy throughout the entire supply chain, Audi received the first-ever Sustainable Logistics Award in 2012. Presented by the Austrian Logistics Association and the German Logistics Association, this international accolade recognizes transport strategies featuring resource-efficient approaches that in some cases already boast a zero-carbon footprint.
Finally, AUDI AG’s commitment to environmental issues is also demonstrated by the newly established Audi Environmental Foundation, which has an endowment of five million euros. The foundation’s aim is to protect the natural livelihood of people, animals and plants. It funds measures and research activities that encourage the development of environmentally compatible non-automotive technologies and that contribute to environmental education and to a sustainable human/environment system. Additional information about all current projects is available at the foundation’s Internet site: www.audi-stiftung-für-umwelt.de
Further information about environmental protection at Audi can be found on the Internet at: www.audi.de/umweltschutz.