With its climate strategy, AUDI AG contributes towards sustainable development and to the protection of the environment. This is not only reflected on the product side, but also within the company. For their part, the various sites also make an important contribution towards reducing CO2 emissions.
Since 1999, a modern combined heat, power and refrigerating plant has been generating process steam and electricity at the site in Ingolstadt. This has led to a 25 percent reduction in natural gas consumption and CO2 emissions. By switching over to natural gas, Audi reduced the heating oil quantity by around 40,000 tonnes. Audi avoids producing around 13,000 tonnes of CO2 each year as a result of the consistent use of district heat. Furthermore, Audi also uses alternative methods of power generation such as photovoltaics. For its part, the Audi Production System APS put into practice at Audi also contributes towards the constant improvement of CO2 emissions figures.
The responsibility as an automotive manufacturer towards the environment calls for the ongoing optimisation of processes and materials.
For example, this involves performing regular checks on compressed air lines for leaks, adjusting the controllers on ventilation systems and optimising lighting systems. By implementing such organisational measures, the company has in recent years succeeded in avoiding a substantial proportion of CO2 emissions. Die Energiebeauftragtenteams bei Audi beschäftigen sich systematisch mit der Einsparung von Energie.
Logistical measures also help to reduce pollutant emissions. Audi has developed an IT system which necessitates fewer transportations by truck by optimising the capacity utilisation of loading volumes, for example.
Furthermore, the requirement specifications of machines and systems prescribe the use of energy-efficient technologies. Accordingly, when buying systems, the energy consumption and thus indirectly the CO2 emissions when in operation constitute a key criterion.
Reusable forms of packaging and a recycling quota of over 95 percent for waste materials also help to preserve the environment. All metal is recycled.