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Value creation and production

Audi has the vision of producing many of its cars in the future in CO₂-neutral plants. On the way to the clean Smart Factory, the company is leveraging the very latest technologies in all areas. The principle of the circular economy and the fulfillment of environmental standards in the supply chain round off the sustainability strategy.

Measure Date
Conserve resources through new recycling concepts for closing material cycles
Developing a recycling concept for carbon-fiber reinforced polymers
  Developing second-life applications for high-voltage batteries
  Developing a recycling process for separating aluminum alloys
Reduce environmental impact across the entire life cycle as compared with the predecessor model
Preparing product-based life cycle assessments for new vehicle models; validation and certification of life cycle assessments; publication of the data
continuous development
Reduce waste for disposal, freshwater consumption, CO2 and VOC emissions as well as overall energy consumption at the production sites by 25 % per reference unit (base year 2010); within the scope of energy supply, a reduction target of 40 % per reference unit by 2020 (base year 2010) is in effect for the German sites for CO2
Detailed planning and implementation of site-specific packages of measures for attainment of Group-wide reduction targets
Expand and develop measures for reducing freshwater consumption at national and international sites
Realization of water recycling through use of a membrane bioreactor at the Ingolstadt site; reduction target for freshwater requirements: 40 %
  Continuous investment in projects with the long-term goal of wastewater-free production in Mexico
Systematic energy conservation
Reducing total energy consumption by means of optimizations and replacement investments by 3 % as compared with the prior year through toolmaking measures"
continuous development