The Audi e-tron demonstrates the passion for a drive system that sustainably fulfills the premium expectations of the customers. A responsible supplier of mobility looks at the entire ecological footprint left by its products. As the home of the brand’s first fully electric automobile, the Audi Brussels plant is exemplary in this regard. The pioneering product comes from the world’s first CO2-neutral volume production facility in the premium segment.
Independent assessors certify that the plant remains clean with respect to carbon dioxide emissions. Audi e-tron customers therefore know that its production in Belgium was as climate-neutral as operation of the car at home with green electricity generated by the customer’s own photovoltaic system. The Belgian site’s groundbreaking achievement was the result of three measures: green electricity, ecological heat supply and climate compensation projects.
The plant has been supplied with 100 percent ecologically generated electricity since 2012. The site makes a key contribution to this as a power generator with the largest photovoltaic system in the Brussels region. A photovoltaic system with a total area of 37,000 square meters (398,264.7 sq ft) – that corresponds to more than five soccer fields – is in operation across the roofs of most of the plant’s buildings. There are plans for even more trees. The plant also purchases green electricity. Audi Brussels compensates for the use of every megawatt hour of natural gas with biologically produced methane, which is also certified as such.
The second approach for the CO2-neutral plant is the supply of heat to the entire site. The plant meets its heating requirements with certificates for biogas. Gas consumption is thus rendered CO2-neutral. Through these two energy requirement aspects alone the site saves up to 40,000 metric tons of CO₂ a year by relying solely on renewable energy sources. On the environmental balance sheet, that covers more than 95 percent of the total energy requirement.
The remaining requirements currently arise from emissions due to the fuel consumption of the company cars, heating oil and the incineration of solvents. Here Audi Brussels brings the environmental balance sheet to zero by compensating with so-called carbon credit projects, With all of these compensation measures, it is important to the brand with the four rings that these solutions themselves sustainably improve the environment, which is why certificates are only purchased from projects meeting the recognized gold standard.
The sustainable promise does not just apply to the Audi e-tron, its production site and CO2 emissions, of course. The next steps are firmly in sight throughout the Group, including the ambitious goal of making all production sites CO2-neutral by 2030. A balanced life cycle assessment for the product before the first kilometer is driven, closed resource cycles and significant contributions to maintaining biological diversity are part of Audi’s ecological commitment for the future.
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