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Audi to make all car plants carbon neutral by 2025

Audi to make all car plants carbon neutral by 2025

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The german car maker has put plans in place to make its factories greener.

Audi has announced that it will make all of its vehicle production plants carbon neutral by 2025.

It is implementing a range of policies to make its facilities greener through a project it calls Mission:Zero.

In 2019, Audi built 1.8 million cars across its sites worldwide, and the firm is focusing on efficiency at its factories because a large proportion of a vehicle’s lifetime emissions come from the production phase.

Audi builds its electric e-tron SUV in Brussels, and made that factory carbon neutral in 2018.

Meanwhile its Hungary plant, where many sporty models are built, became carbon neutral more recently. Situated in Gyor, it uses geothermal energy and has 160,000 square metres of solar panels on the roof.

Audi says its plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm in Germany, and San José Chiapa in Mexico, are about three quarters of the way to being carbon neutral.

Peter Kössler, member of the board of management of Audi AG for production and logistics, said: ‘A major proportion of the emissions in an automobile’s lifecycle are generated during its utilization phase. However, along with the growing proportion of electrified vehicles, these emissions increasingly shift to the manufacturing phase.

“This is where we have a decisive lever as manufacturers. By achieving carbon neutrality for our production sites and consistently carrying this aspiration into our supply chain, we ensure that our automobiles reach the customer with a smaller carbon footprint.”

Other green initiatives include using recycled aluminium in car construction and working with partners to help them achieve carbon neutrality.

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