Audi AG today announced that its manufacturing facility at Brussels has been awarded a ‘CO2-neutral site’ certificate by the Belgian testing company Vinçotte. The Brussels plant covers all production processes, making it the first certified CO2-neutral high-volume production plant in the premium segment.
Audi said that its Brussels plant will begin production of the company’s first all-electric series-produced model, e-tron before the end of this year. It makes a statement with a range suitable for everyday use and with innovative, digital technology on board, the company added. Right from the start of production, Audi Brussels will produce the series version of the Audi e-tron prototype with a CO2-neutral impact on the environment.
The Audi Brussels site has three main pillars, with the first pillar being changing over to green electricity, which was carried out at the site in 2012. On a total area of 37,000 square meters, the roofs of the plant buildings also have the largest photovoltaic system in the region, saving about 17,000 tons of CO2 per year. The second pillar is the supply of heat at the site using renewable energies, also for heating the offices, using biogas. The final pillar is that of offsetting further emissions that cannot currently be avoided through renewable energy sources by means of carbon credit projects. These include, for example, emissions caused by company cars, the company said.
“As the first plant in the Audi Group purely for electric cars, sustainable and environmentally friendly production is particularly important to us,” said Patrick Danau, Managing Director, Audi Brussels.
Peter Kössler, Member, Board of Management, Production and Logistics, AUDI AG, said the company’s first electric car is also the first car in its core competition that is completely climate-neutral in production. In addition, AUDI AG is working to make all its factories in the Group even more sustainable, by intending to gradually supply plants with green electricity, he added. Kössler also said last year, AUDI AG became the first company in Germany to make all domestic rail transport climate-neutral.
In 2014, the company was the first premium manufacturer to measure its CO2 footprint and have it certified, noted Rüdiger Recknagel, Head, Environmental Protection, AUDI AG. He said AUDI is also installing new technologies at all its plants to reduce water consumption, prevent air pollution and improve recycling.