Audi awarded the 2012 Logistics Sustainability Prize
- Jury rates sustainability concept as exemplary and holistic
- Trailblazing role in automotive logistics
- Dr. Michael Hauf, Head of Brand Logistics: “Sustainability is an integral part of environmental management at Audi”
AUDI AG was awarded the 2012 Logistics Sustainability Prize last night in Vienna. With this transnational award, both the Austrian Logistics Association (BVL-A) and the German Logistics Association (BVL-D) recognized the Ingolstadt-based carmaker for its consistent pursuit of sustainability throughout the company’s entire value chain. The jury particularly highlighted the company’s transport concept, which conserves resources and is to some extent already CO2-free.
“As the first to use green electricity in the transport of freight, AUDI AG is playing a trailblazing role in eco-friendly automotive logistics,” the expert jury panel stated in their assessment, with which the award for Audi was unanimously decided. In August 2010 the brand with the four rings became the first to use the “Eco Plus” CO2-free transport solution from DB Schenker: The energy required for railway transport between the production site in Ingolstadt and the loading port in Emden is replaced completely with renewable electricity from Germany.
“Audi avoids about 5,250 tons of CO2 annually just on its most important transport route from Upper Bavaria to the North Sea alone,” Dr. Michael Hauf, Head of Audi Brand Logistics, said at the award ceremony. At the same time, Audi thereby increases demand for green electricity and thus creates an incentive for its production, Hauf added. A full 70 percent of Audi products from Ingolstadt now reach their destinations by rail, with 36 percent of these traveling via trains powered by renewable energy. Audi plans to expand Eco Plus to additional routes. “Successive conversion to CO2-free transport is an integral part of our sustainability concept and of our commitment to the environment,” Hauf said.
Audi Logistics conserves resources in the entire process chain. Audi Pack Assistant packaging software, which was developed in cooperation with the Frauenhofer Institute, calculates optimal loading density for components. This avoids unnecessary transport. In recent years the company also began using high-cube containers, which allow higher and more densely packed loads.
The Logistics Sustainability Prize was presented jointly for the first time this year by both the Austrian and German Logistics Associations. Companies from industry, retail and services as well as realized cooperative research projects are eligible to compete for the prize by showing relevant results in all three pillars of sustainability – ecology, economy and social responsibility. The award is considered a driving force behind effective corporate initiatives.