Press release

Ingolstadt, 2014-04-15

Maximum transparency: Audi receives DEKRA certificate for carbon footprint

  • First premium automobile manufacturer with corporate carbon footprint calculated in detail and certified
  • Board of Management Member for Production Dr. Hubert Waltl:
“An important element of climate-neutral mobility”
  • Transparency on company-wide greenhouse-gas emissions

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

The Audi Group has calculated its corporate carbon footprint and is the first premium automobile manufacturer to be certified according to the international standard ISO 14064. For this purpose, the Group made a detailed assessment of emissions in all automobile lifecycle phases. Experts of DEKRA Certification GmbH and DEKRA Certification Inc. reviewed and confirmed the basic data sources and calculations. With the corporate carbon footprint, Audi is making its company-wide greenhouse-gas emissions transparent along its entire value chain. This will enable the Group to analyze them even more systematically and to reduce them more effectively in the future.

Environmental protection and resource conservation have high priority at Audi, as affirmed by the company’s Board of Management Member for Production Dr. Hubert Waltl: “We are making a clear statement by calculating and publishing our CO2 footprint. We are making the main causes of emissions in our value chain transparent, and will further reduce them over the entire lifecycle.” Already in the manufacturing process of a car, on average, a quarter of the emissions of its entire lifecycle are produced. It is therefore necessary to focus on all areas of influence – Audi’s production processes as well as the supply chain, according to Waltl. “This is an important element of climate-neutral mobility, covering the entire lifecycle from the production of raw materials through to recycling.”

As the DEKRA experts confirm, the corporate carbon footprint of the Audi Group worldwide amounts to 57 million tons of CO2 equivalent (=CO2e) each year. This amount represents approximately 0.16 percent of worldwide CO2 emissions in the year 2012. In particular the emissions during the phase in which cars are in use (73 percent), the production of components by suppliers (21 percent) and Audi’s logistics activities (1.4 percent) cause a major proportion of the annual emissions.

The calculated corporate carbon footprint includes all of the Audi Group’s greenhouse-gas emissions over the entire lifecycle of the models. It is calculated according to the guidelines of the internationally recognized “Greenhouse Gas Protocol.” All direct and indirect CO2 emissions (scopes 1 and 2) are included – such as emissions from production plants and from electricity and heating – as well as the so-called scope 3 emissions, for example from the supply and logistics chain, from production waste and from business trips.

“We regard the ability to know our greenhouse-gas footprint as an opportunity. We have evaluated numerous sources in detail, so that we can analyze emissions even more accurately and define effective measures for all lifecycle phases,” stated Dr. Dagobert Achatz, Head of Operating Environmental Protection at AUDI AG. “This serves to increase energy efficiency, to save energy, and ultimately to reduce our CO2 footprint.”

Compared with the year 2008, Audi will reduce its fleet CO2 emissions by 25% by 2016. This will be aided by models such as the Audi A3 e-tron*, the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron* and the Audi ultra models. In addition, the Group has implemented numerous projects to further reduce its CO2 emissions. Examples here include the highly energy-efficient data center with TÜV certification, the use of green electricity and waste heat, and the “Green Train” powered by regenerative electricity that is used to transport cars from the Audi sites in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm to the North Sea port in Emden.  

Fuel consumption of the models mentioned:

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron:
Fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 1.5;
CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 35

Audi A3 Sportback g-tron:
CNG consumption in kg/100km: 3.3 – 3.2;
Fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 5.2 – 5.0;
CO2 emissions combined in g/km (CNG): 92 – 88;
CO2 emissions combined in g/km (gasoline): 120 – 115

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