Company-wide environmental protection
In all of its business areas, Audi places great value on protecting the environment, maximizing efficiency and conserving natural resources. This is one way in which Audi is meeting customer expectations and societal changes worldwide.
Green IT – energy-saving data center
The data center in Ingolstadt is committed to environmental protection and sustainability. By using an indirect cooling process, for instance, the servers are cooled with outside air alone when outdoor temperatures are under twelve degrees Celsius. This is an example of how intelligent systems are able to use all of the resources available to them to help curtail large amounts of CO2 emissions.
Intelligent water usage and treatment
Water is a valuable commodity. Wherever possible Audi conserves drinking water and uses process water in a closed loop. Responsible usage of this resource reduces amounts of waste water. A membrane bioreactor will soon assist in wastewater treatment.
Audi A3 body shop
Energy efficiency in production is boosted by new technologies – such as electric motor driven welding tongs, electrically powered presses, lightweight tools and energy recuperation systems that recover electricity. Body manufacturing of the Audi A3 and A3 Sportback illustrates this very well.
Oak Forest research project
The Audi Environmental Foundation promotes nature and environmental protection as well as science and research projects. One of the sponsored projects is the international Oak Forest research project. In this long-term project, over 90,000 trees have been planted in the vicinity of selected Audi production sites.
Saving energy at work
The example of Ingolstadt illustrates clearly and in detail the conditions that are needed to ensure resource-conserving and environmentally friendly work methods. It is not just energy supplies that play an important role in this respect. Each individual employee is also involved in supporting environmentally friendly processes.
Environmental management and partnerships
The Audi Group is considered a forerunner in environmental protection, both in Germany and internationally, and it uses a certified environment management system at many of its production sites. Audi contributes its business know-how to political and societal dialog in many different partnerships. As part of the Bavarian Environmental Pact, for instance, the company has committed itself to conserving resources and using environmentally friendly technologies.