Audi Australia commits to renewable energy

From 2021, Audi Australia is committing to using 100 percent renewable energy.

Audi Australia is backing a cleaner future with its commitment to renewable energy as part of the brand’s e-offensive Down Under.

2 October, 2020


"Our 100 percent renewable energy commitment, as a business, is in-line with what we believe should be the expectation placed upon us as a leader in sustainable mobility"

Paul Sansom

The arrival of the brand’s first all-electric vehicle, the Audi e-tron, in Australia marks an historic new chapter for Audi in Australia, but the arrival of this ground-breaking new model is just the beginning. Demonstrating its commitment to a cleaner future, Audi Australia is backing up the arrival of the e-tron with the announcement that the company will commit to 100 percent renewable energy from 2021.

Speaking ahead of the official Audi e-tron launch, Audi Australia Managing Director, Paul Sansom, made the announcement, saying:

“Our 100 percent renewable energy commitment, as a business, is in-line with what we believe should be the expectation placed upon us as a leader in sustainable mobility,” Paul Sansom said.

“We know it’s important to e-tron customers and our broader Audi customers, to the Australian communities in which we operate and ultimately the planet that will nurture and sustain and future generations.”

“The arrival of our first electric vehicle, the Audi e-tron, makes this the right time for us to make such a commitment. It’s the beginning of our journey in zero-emissions motoring and we plan to build and develop our contribution in the years to come.”

“We’re providing our customers with more surety than any other manufacturer on the market, because we want to help them embrace these exciting first steps towards the next generation of future mobility.”

The move will be accredited through GreenPower and primarily sourced from the Capital Wind Farm precinct in Bungendore near Canberra. GreenPower is a government-managed program that ensures that individuals and businesses who buy from GreenPower Providers support greater renewable energy generation in Australia. 

GreenPower independently audits electricity providers to ensure the correct amount of renewable energy is fed into the grid on the customers' behalf. 

Paul Sansom, Audi Australia Managing Director.

“Audi’s commitment to GreenPower involves purchasing renewable energy certificates from its electricity retailer to offset the total annual energy usage from its business operations on an annual basis. This means that they can be confident that the renewable energy they are purchasing is from renewable sources and more importantly, enables the GreenPower program to accredit and assess the certificates that are coming from a renewable energy source,” says Tim Stock, Chairman of the National GreenPower Steering Group.

“For those of us in the renewable energy industry, it’s been a dream to see the future of zero-emission motoring become a reality,” says Marcus Dorreen, spokesperson for Infigen Energy. Infigen is the operator of the Capital Wind Farm precinct, where most of Audi Australia’s renewable energy will come from. 

Right from production, the Audi  e-tron vehicles demonstrate the brand’s commitment to a cleaner future, produced as they are at the Audi Brussels facility which is the world’s first certified carbon-neutral large-scale production plant in the premium segment.

The move by Audi Australia to 100 percent renewable energy likewise demonstrates its commitment not only to a cleaner future, but to vehicles like the Audi e-tron and the other electric and hybrid Audis that will follow. It is also in keeping with Audi’s global move towards a carbon neutral future and a commitment to see all Audi sites worldwide become carbon-neutral on balance by 2025.

These targets dovetail with the brand’s plans to introduce as many as 30 electrified models by 2025, a strategy Paul Sansom says ‘will be an important part of our future success in Australia’.

Right from production, the Audi  e-tron vehicles demonstrate the brand’s commitment to a cleaner future