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A multitude of measures have been developed that have the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.2 tons per car during production.

04 Dec 2019 | International News : Germany

As electrification of the product range continues, a larger proportion of the CO2 emissions are no longer accounted for by cars' exhaust systems, but by the supply chain and in upstream production processes. Audi is therefore working with its suppliers to develop measures to reduce CO2 emissions in the production processes of its cars.

The primary focus of its CO2 programme is on particularly energy-intensive materials used in production, such as aluminium, steel and battery components. In 30 workshops with suppliers, 50 measures have so far been developed with the potential to reduce CO2 per car by 1.2 tons. Potential for CO2 reductions were identified in developing closed material cycles, successive increases in the use of secondary materials, the use of recycled materials in plastic components and the use of green electricity.

For future orders, Audi intends to work with its suppliers on the implementation of these measures, which are to be fully effective by 2025. The use of green power has also been an integral element of supplier agreements for manufacturers of high-voltage battery cells since 2018. The company analyses the effectiveness of these measures throughout their entire lifecycles and has them certified by independent third parties. Audi plans to conduct further workshops next year in order to identify additional potential emissions savings.

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