From refining and improving each part of the production process, to carbon-neutral production facilities and all-electric mobility options, it all adds up to a brighter, sustainable future.

24 February, 2020

Much is said and written about initiatives to help protect the environment and stop the deleterious effects of man made climate change, but it’s often the cumulative effect of ‘all the little things’ that can make the biggest long term difference.

At Audi, the short term aim is to reduce the company’s CO2 footprint by 30 percent over the next five years to 2025. Then, the aim is to become carbon-neutral in balance by 2050. Ambitious, but achievable as each department, manufacturing facility and process in the company’s control is fine-tuned to be as efficient as possible.

New systems and initiatives are continuously implemented to improve all areas of efficiency and sustainability, like reusing vehicle batteries to power industrial robots, ensuring suppliers also meet a stringent sustainability criteria and minimising waste while maximising recycling of materials across the entire production process.

The Audi models of course have long reflected this philosophy, with each successive Audi model being lighter and more fuel efficient – but without compromising enjoyment or performance. The fully electric e-tron models are an obvious example and add another dimension to the equation. Built at the Audi Brussels plant – the only premium automotive plant to be certified CO2 neutral – the ever-expanding e-tron range and the introduction of plug-in hybrids across the range provide people with greater choice and the opportunity to fine tune their lifestyles to make a little difference. 

There is much to do, but as the saying goes – the 1000 mile journey begins with one step.