Audi Brussels has won the ‘Trends Business Tour 2016’ environmental award.
In the selection process, the car manufacturer beat strong competition from over 50 other contenders, including energy giant EDF, investment cooperative Energiris, and the organic drinks manufacturer Simone a soif.
According to the jury, the decisive criterion in choosing the winner was the balanced overall approach implemented by Audi Brussels with regard to sustainable development. The plant consistently strives for innovation and sustainability and brillantly manages to harmonise economic activity with environmental protection, explained jury chairman and Trends/Tendances editor Guy Van den Noortgate: “The jury was especially impressed by the sustainability aspect, which runs through the entire Audi concept, something that is not easy to achieve for large companies. They are like those mega-tankers, for which changing course may prove difficult, but Audi was successful in this respect. Audi Brussels has incorporated sustainability in all its daily, practical and operational activities.”
Patrick Danau, General Director and Spokesman for the Board of Management of Audi Brussels, couldn’t hide his pride during the award ceremony: “This is a well-deserved recognition for the Audi brand. We are proud on this award.”
Audi attaches great importance to environmental protection, maximum efficiency and respect for natural resources. For example, the company operates a photovoltaic installation with a total area of approximately 37,000 m², which, incidentally, is also the largest photovoltaic installation in the Brussels-Capital Region. Moreover, a heat pump was installed in the new paint pre-treatment plant. The recovered heat is recirculated in the production process, which leads to energy savings and lower CO2 emissions. Audi’s environmental commitment is meeting customer expectations and has responded to changes in society worldwide.
The first fully electric vehicle in Audi’s history is set to roll off the Brussels plant’s production line from 2018. The company is currently preparing for the production of this new e-SUV. General Director Patrick Danau stressed that all innovations in the plant comply with the highest environmental standards: “The same applies to our understanding of automotive manufacturing: intelligent and sustainable vehicles must come from a similarly set up production site. All production standards must meet this criterion.”
Audi Brussels is aiming to lower key indicators relating to the environment, such as energy use, water consumption, solvent use, waste and CO2 emissions, by 25% by 2018 compared with 2011. Already today, the company is wholly powered by green energy and is therefore CO2 neutral. Like all the other Audi sites worldwide, the Brussels plant is a forerunner when it comes to taking all the necessary measures to protect the environment, and implements a certified environmental management system to that effect. Recently, Audi Brussels once again obtained the European EMAS certificate. Developed by the EU, EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is a very efficient voluntary environmental management system for organisations wishing to improve their environmental performance in a proactive and systematic way.