Mission:Zero – Audi in Neckarsulm is moulding a destiny of production, consistently and sustainably

Climate change, H2O consumption, apparatus scarcity, and a detriment of biodiversity impact everybody and are among a vital hurdles of a benefaction day. With a transparent joining to a terms of a Paris Agreement, Audi has affianced to actively work to emanate a bearable sourroundings and a tolerable future. Audi has sum all of a measures to revoke a CO footprint in prolongation and logistics in a cross-site environmental module Mission:Zero.

The Neckarsulm site is environment an glorious instance in Mission:Zero’s 4 fields of activity – decarbonization, H2O use, apparatus efficiency, and biodiversity – by a doing of innovative, tolerable projects.

Decarbonization – on a trail to a net carbon-neutral plcae

Audi aims to make a vehicles net-carbon neutral during a sites by 2025. Countless measures along a value sequence are contributing to AUDI AG’s prophesy of achieving net carbon-neutrality opposite a whole association by 2050. Böllinger Höfe is a initial prolongation trickery operated by a code with a 4 rings in Germany to furnish an all-electric Audi – and do so net carbon-neutral. The Audi e-tron GT is a primary instance of how to mix high opening and environmental awareness. Audi uses biogas for a CHP plant that reserve feverishness and partial of a electricity for prolongation during Böllinger Höfe. Audi offsets emissions that can't now be avoided by renewable appetite sources or self-supply by means of CO credits from approved offsetting projects.

The whole Neckarsulm site, including Audi Sport production, has already been regulating eco-electricity given a commencement of 2020. The buildings on a bureau site are invariably optimized with honour to their appetite potency in sequence to revoke appetite consumption. At a 5 Audi sites, a sum of roughly 100 full-time appetite officers are operative to code and feat new appetite assets intensity in production. The outcome was that in 2020, Audi even exceeded a energy-saving targets, saving a sum of some-more than 83,000 megawatt hours of appetite opposite all of a sites and during a same time emitting around 11,900 tons reduction carbon.

Achieving net carbon-neutralityfrom automotive prolongation is usually probable if a whole value sequence is optimized from an environmental perspective. At a Neckarsulm site, aluminum piece bits have already been returned to a retailer given 2017 as partial of a “Aluminum Closed Loop“ cycle, where they are recycled and reprocessed for Audi to use once again. The use of delegate aluminum reduces appetite expenditure by adult to 95 percent compared to a use of primary aluminum. In a meantime, this cycle is now also in use during a Ingolstadt and Győr plants. Since a introduction, Audi has achieved net assets of some-more than 525,000 metric tons of carbons.

Audi is also committed to sustainability in logistics and inner traffic, that is given all sight services operated by DB Cargo that ride finished vehicles from or element to a Neckarsulm site are net carbon-neutral. Low-NOx trucks powered by dense healthy gas (CNG) or electricity are used for shunting operations between a trailer yard and a bureau premises.

At a association gas station, vehicles are refueled with a low-carbon choice R33 BlueDiesel. The charging infrastructure during a site, that is granted with immature power, continues to grow – 600 charging points will be permitted by 2022, including publicly permitted fast-charging stations in a caller parking lots.

Water use – a sealed cycle

Audi wants to keep a possess H2O expenditure as low as probable and, over a prolonged term, stop regulating celebration H2O in car production. The association skeleton to separate a environmentally weighted H2O expenditure per done car from an normal of around 3.75 cubic meters currently to around 1.75 cubic meters by 2035. Audi will grasp this by regulating recycled H2O wherever possible, that will be reused several times in a cycle.

The Neckarsulm site is formulation to exercise a sealed H2O cycle between a bureau and a adjacent wastewater diagnosis plant operated by AZV Unteres Sulmtal. The feasibility of this devise is being tested in a commander plant, with a H2O from a wastewater diagnosis plant being treated by Audi for prolongation with a assist of filter systems and membranes. Afterwards, a routine H2O afterwards flows behind into a diagnosis plant. In this process, a H2O peculiarity is constantly monitored; in addition, a laboratory analyzes a H2O any dual weeks. The site will start with a designation of a new H2O supply complement in 2022, that will tighten a loop between a site and a wastewater diagnosis plant from 2025 onwards and safeguard that it will no longer need to pull H2O from a Neckar. This sealed cycle reduces uninformed H2O expenditure by 70 percent.

Resource potency – revoke and avoid

Wherever possible, Audi reduces wrapping rubbish during a sites, uses environmentally accessible wrapping solutions, and evenly separates recyclable materials so that they can be recycled.

The Mission:Zero “Resource” organisation in Neckarsulm has announced fight on cosmetic rubbish and is building innovative recycling ideas of a own. For example, Audi has cosmetic film rubbish initial processed into grind by a manufacturer in a segment and afterwards into rabble bags that are used during a site. The cycle allows around 15 metric tons of cosmetic rubbish to be realistically reused any year. A certain side outcome is that a site is saving a good 40 percent of what it spends on rabble bags interjection to this recycling program. Logistics during Audi has worked with suppliers to optimize several member packages. This has already enabled Audi to discharge roughly 31 tons of non-recyclable wrapping during a Neckarsulm site alone. These optimizations operation from replacing materials with a high environmental impact, such as Styrofoam, to totally expelling wrapping altogether.

An innovative commander plan launched in 2019 will also fragment cosmetic wrapping rubbish from public and spin it into 3D printer filament. 3D printers will afterwards be used to emanate ergonomic public aids, such as protecting caps or dire aids, for employees.

New virtual planning methods marry digitization and sustainability. For example, Audi was means to probably pattern partial of a special containers used to ride supportive components for a Audi e-tron GT for a initial time. This VR application, that was piloted during a Neckarsulm site, is now in use via a organisation and helps to preserve resources formerly used for enclosure prototypes. In addition, a all-electric Gran Turismo is a initial car from a code with a 4 rings to be done wholly but prototypes. This was done probable by three-dimensional building scans, appurtenance training processes, and a use of practical reality, among other things. All of a public processes were tested wholly probably for a really initial time – and are now being successfully practical during a make of Audi’s prolongation models. This saved earthy prototypes and, in a meantime, also business trips, given a practical methods are now also used opposite locations and – not usually in a epoch of a coronavirus pestilence – concede employees to work digitally and collaboratively in a practical space.

Biodiversity – habitats for plants and insects

Audi has been a member of a cross-industry “Biodiversity in Good Company” beginning for 6 years and is committed to conserving biological farrago during all a locations. This includes healthy open spaces as good as immature facades or wetland biotopes. The association is also actively concerned in inlet charge over a possess corporate bounds as partial of a “UN Decade of Biodiversity.” The Audi Environmental Foundation, determined in 2009, supports countless environmental projects directed during preserving biodiversity.

Since 2014, several bee colonies have been regulating a Neckarsulm site to furnish honey. More than 35 class of flowers are planted any year on former unchanging grassy areas to yield medium and food sources for critical pollinators and other insects. This year, vocational trainees in bodywork and car construction built 17 insect hotels and set them adult during a site. The wooden structures yield preserve for several insect species. The vocational trainees have been looking after their guests’ wellbeing ever since.

In a southwest territory of a Neckarsulm site, Audi has built a dedicated building as a nesting site for swallows. In 2019, new nesting boxes for swifts were commissioned on a circuit overpass between dual buildings. A nesting assist for peregrine falcons has been in place on a funnel of a paint emporium given 2003.

For some-more information on Audi’s Mission:Zero environmental module and sparkling sustainability projects during other sites operated by a code with a 4 rings, greatfully revisit a program page and review a sum Audi Report 2020.