Audi Logistics is tasked with providing the necessary materials for production on time, with top quality and flexibly, and arranges shipment of these materials. Here too, the company adopts numerous approaches to further reduce CO₂ emissions.
In 2010, Audi became the first company to employ the carbon-neutral rail transport service Eco Plus from the provider DB Schenker – so-called “green trains.” For the TÜV-certified service, which is offered for consignments within Germany, Deutsche Bahn additionally purchases electricity from renewable sources. With the green trains, which transport goods from the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm plants to the port of loading in Emden, the company reduced CO2 emissions by 11,601 tons in 2016 compared with conventional rail transportation.
At the Ingolstadt site, a 1,000 hp plug-in hybrid locomotive has been successfully operating for the past year as part of the plant railway. It delivers components and parts to the shops with zero emissions. A second hybrid locomotive has been in operation since October 2016. Both emit up to 120 tons less CO2 per year. A freight forwarder has been transporting shipments at the Neckarsulm plant since September 2016 using two biomethane-powered trucks. The biogas is generated from waste and residual materials and supports virtually climate-neutral operation.
To further improve its CO2 footprint, Audi is gradually rolling out the “Truck Quick Check-In” Group project in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm. Here the company controls and optimizes goods delivery using an app. The suppliers and freight forwarders transmit the freight documents digitally; the loaded goods are also entered into the system automatically. At the same time, Audi Logistics tracks the incoming trucks using GPS, controls the shipment in real time and forwards it to the assigned loading bay using the app.