The Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency has announced that the production at the Audi plant in Hungary is now carbon neutral.
Europe’s largest building-based photovoltaic system covering 160,000 square metres has officially been inaugurated in Győr. With the green electricity being produced here from renewable sources, the CO2 emission is estimated to be reduced by almost 4,900 tonnes.
“We have a clear aim: that all Audi sites will have carbon-neutral operation by 2025,” said Peter Kössler, board member for production at Audi and chairman of the supervisory commission of AUDI HUNGARIA. “By converting our factories to renewable energy, we are making an important contribution to counteracting climate change.”
As a result of the joint project of Audi Hungaria and electric utility company E.ON, the solar power system, which consists of over 36,000 solar panels with a total installed capacity of 12 megawatts (MW), is expected to produce more than 9.5 gigawatts-hour (GWh) of electricity per year. This amount of energy corresponds to the annual power demand of 3,800 households.
Sustainability is getting more influential in the European approach and has become a strategic objective for Audi Hungaria. The company’s products are getting more environmentally friendly and it is steadily decreasing its ecological footprint.
“Sustainability is essential for Audi Hungaria,” added Alfons Dintner, CEO of Audi Hungaria. “The solar park makes a contribution to our attainment of a neutral carbon balance. It is of great importance to us to make our production more and more environmentally friendly and to reduce continuously the ecological footprint of our activities.”
As of this year, the company has reached its MISSION:ZERO objective and is the second among the AUDI manufacturing plants to become climate-neutral, after the Brussels’ one.
All of the measures for reducing the ecological footprint at Audi sites, in production and in logistics are gathered together under Mission:Zero. The focus lies on the challenges that are key to Audi: decarbonisation, water utilisation, resource efficiency and biodiversity.