As a car manufacturer, we can never claim to have a truly positive impact on the environment – and nor should anyone else in the automotive industry. But what we can be certain about is that the billions of pounds we’re investing in responsible technologies over the next decade will place Audi at the forefront of efficient motoring and manufacture.
The principles of constant innovation at the heart of Vorsprung durch Technik already place Audi in a strong position. Technologies such as our lightweight space frames, efficient TDI engines and our waste-reducing manufacturing processes all serve to cut CO2 emissions. And we’ve been doing this for years – we’ve improved our cars’ efficiency by over a third during the last 25 years, and we pledge to reduce the emissions of our vehicles by a further 20 per cent.
We’re continuing to work hard today to create a clean driving tomorrow and have a number of very exciting developments to offer our customers over the coming years. Read on to learn more about our commitment to reducing our, and your, impact on the environment.
In the UK
Whilst our colleagues in Germany are doing everything they can to make our cars more efficient, at Audi Head Office in Milton Keynes we are also committed to reducing waste. A lot of what we do isn’t very innovative, you probably recycle paper and switch off unused appliances at home, but it does make a significant difference to our carbon footprint. On top of this, by investing in technologies like intelligent lighting and video conferencing we are able to work efficiently without compromising our business standards. And by joining forces with Audi UK’s franchise operation to minimise waste, we are generating tangible environmental benefits across the whole of the network.
Recycling waste material
We’ve already reduced our waste by a considerable amount using some innovative thinking. We all know waste significantly affects the environment, but disposing of it costs a lot of money too. And that’s not efficient.
So a thorough review of our practices on the production line led to an extensive recycling scheme and a complete rethink about the logistics of waste management. Now most of the waste produced on the assembly line is separated and sorted on-site, reducing the need to transport elsewhere for processing.
(We’ve also reduced our transport needs by using a software system which calculates every last square centimetre of loading space in our lorries, maximising the available space. Packaging is already optimised in the planning stages; our packing team and their computer find the most efficient way of loading, further reducing the number of lorry journeys.)
Volkswagen Group UK has partnered with Autogreen Ltd to provide a Government approved national network of certified dismantling facilities. They will take care of the environmentally friendly recovery your car once it has reached the end of its life. To find your nearest Volkswagen Group UK appointed recycling facility visit www.rewardingrecycling.co.uk or call 0800 542 2002.
We also take back a large range of used parts from vehicle repairs and remanufacture on an industrial scale. These parts are sold across the world with a full manufacturer's guarantee under the name Genuine Parts.
All battery producers in the UK are required to be registered with the Government as part of an EU-wide initiative to increase battery collection/recycling and completely prohibit the landfill/incineration of automotive and industrial batteries. Volkswagen Group UK Ltd is registered as a Producer of Batteries under Registration Number BPRN00504.
When an automotive (starter) battery in your vehicle reaches its end of life, it can be delivered to the facilities listed below for disposal.
- Civic Amenity and Recycling Centres
- Local authority battery collection schemes (please check with your local council)
- Licensed Scrap yards
- Authorised Treatment Facilities (car dismantlers etc).
To find out the easiest way to dispose of your battery please search the “Recycling near you” directory (http://www.recycle-more.co.uk/banklocator/banklocator.aspx)
If requested, Volkswagen Group UK Limited can arrange for the automotive batteries it has produced to be collected from the types of sites listed above. Should you wish to arrange a collection, please telephone 01908 548584 and ask to speak to a member of the environment team.
Electric powered or “hybrid” vehicles
From 1 January 2010, businesses that place hybrid/electric vehicle batteries onto the UK market have an obligation to arrange for the treatment and recycling of these batteries. If you have such a battery and need advice, please contact us on 01908 548584.
Volkswagen Group UK Ltd is a member of the ERP producer compliance scheme. To find your nearest portable battery disposal facility and find out more about the benefits of battery recycling, please visit www.erp-batteries.co.uk