Audi Hungaria has, in cooperation with E.ON Hungaria, started operation of Europe’s biggest photovoltaic roof installation.
Since the start of the year, the site in Győr has used only green power. In 2012 Audi’s Hungarian plant opened a geothermal facility to supply most of its heat requirements.
Audi Hungaria is the second of five Audi sites to achieve a neutral carbon balance.
“We have a clear aim: that all Audi sites will have carbon-neutral operation by 2025. By converting our factories to renewable energy, we are making an important contribution to counteracting climate change.”Peter Kössler, board member for production at Audi and chairman of the supervisory commission of AUDI HUNGARIA Zrt.
After Audi Brussels, which was converted in 2018, the second of five Audi sites has now achieved this aim. 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: decarbonization, water utilization, resource efficiency and biodiversity. Audi has already reached an important intermediate goal in the field of decarbonization: since the start of this year, all Audi plants have used only green power.
“Sustainability is essential for 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.”Alfons Dintner, CEO of Audi Hungaria.
This solar energy park, covering an area of approximately 160,000 square meters, consists of 36,400 solar cells and provides a maximum performance of twelve megawatts.
“This project represents in many ways what’s needed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. To do so, we need to rebuild the energy systems in urban areas and in the industry towards CO2-neutral systems. I consider the project with our partner Audi to be an important step in our endeavor to create the sustainable energy world of tomorrow and hope that it will be followed by further projects of this kind.”Karten Wildberger, member of the board of Management, E.ON