The aim is to reduce the CO₂ footprint by 30 percent in five years, and every little bit and initiative helps along the way.

20 December, 2019

Audi is at the start of a major transformation, but within just six years the aim is to reduce the CO₂ footprint by 30 percent and there are various measures already underway to drive forward steady decarbonisation.

The increasing electrification of the vehicle fleet will help the company achieve its targets, but it must make the right adjustments to fully leverage the potential. Emissions can be cut particularly during manufacture and the energy revolution also plays a decisive role, with the use of green electricity vastly improves the life-cycle assessment of electric cars.

The switch to electric mobility generates most of the CO₂ emissions in the supply chain. Here and in the downstream production processes, almost a quarter of all CO₂ emissions will be produced at Audi in 2025. To combat this, a year ago the company initiated a ‘CO₂ program’ in the supply chain that envisages cost-cutting measures across all levels. In 30 workshops, Audi and its suppliers has so far defined 50 measures that help cut CO₂ right from the start, such as using renewable energy sources, recycling processes, or closing material loops. In this way, 1.2 tons of CO₂ per vehicle could be saved in future. In particular, energy-intensive materials such as steel or aluminium offer lots of savings potential.

To that end, Projects such as the Aluminium Closed Loop contribute decisively to decarbonising the company and conserving more resources. Electric mobility is decisive here, as compared with conventional drives and the closed material loops help significantly to reduce the use of critical raw materials and make for a cleaner, more streamlined process across the board. Every little bit helps.