Audi Brussels ‘world’s first CO2-neutral premium car factory’
With the Audi plant in Brussels getting its official CO2-neutral label from the Vinçotte certification institute on Monday, the Belgian factory claims to be ‘the world’s first premium car factory to build its cars in a complete CO2-free way’.
The Brussels’ plant bets on green electricity and heating from renewable sources for 95% of the production processes. Another 5% of the processes that can’t be made with alternative energies is compensated with carbon-credit ‘nature’ projects.
37.000 square metres of solar panels
With 37.000 square metres of solar panels on its factory roofs, Audi Brussels has the largest photovoltaic installation of the Brussels’ Region, compensating for 17.000 tons of CO2.
In a few weeks Audi Brussels is to start the series production of the full electric e-tron SUV. “Being the first Audi factory dedicated exclusively to build full electric vehicles, producing in a sustainable way is very important for us”, Audi Brussels spokesman Patrick Danau says. “We at Audi see this as a social obligation.”