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Sportiness and efficiency are not mutually exclusive. With its all-embracing climate strategy, Audi is implementing effective measures to reduce CO2 emissions. In doing so, Audi takes all the CO2-relevant factors into account – from production and vehicle technologies through to a driver’s individual style of driving and innovative transport systems.

Current knowledge on the topic of CO2

CO2 stands for carbon dioxide. This colourless and odourless gas is a natural component of air. Most of the CO2 in the air is produced by humans and the cellular respiration of other living things. A further proportion is produced by the complete combustion of carbon-containing raw materials. The reduction of CO2 emissions is one topic in the current debate on climate protection. The reason for this is that CO2 absorbs part of the heat radiated by the sun, which causes the greenhouse effect and in turn the warming of the earth’s atmosphere.

Facts about CO2 emissions

According to the German Institute for Economic Research, around 68 percent of all CO2 emissions in Germany are produced by industry and power stations. Cars are responsible for producing around 12 percent. During the period from 1990 to 2005, the German automotive industry has succeeded in reducing the CO2 emissions produced by its vehicle range by as much as 25 percent. To reduce emissions even further, the EU currently aspires to introducing an emission threshold of 130 g/km.

CO2 datasheetSource: German Institute for Economic Research 2004

CO2 emissions in vehicles

The CO2 emissions from vehicles are governed directly by the fuel consumption. Compared with petrol, diesel is slightly more disadvantageous in terms of CO2 emissions. The lower consumption, however, balances this out again. Basically speaking, three factors influence the level of CO2 emissions, these being a driver’s individual style of driving, vehicle technologies and transport systems.

Holistic concept at Audi

Vorsprung durch Technik is a commitment. At present, no other automotive manufacturer implements a holistic concept as consistently as Audi. As the pioneer of numerous technologies, Audi represents a clear stance on the topic of CO2. Factual argumentation and responsible, eco-conscious behaviour help promote a sustainable form of mobility.

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