Green Chemistry – AUDI
1. What does the company sell/manufacture?
Audi is a company based in Germany that designs, develops, produces and sells premium automobiles. Audi is under the control of its patent company Volkswagen. Audi has production facilities in Germany, China, India, Italy, Hungary and Belgium.
2. How has this company used green chemistry?
With Audi’s current model range, it meets the requirements for ‘EU Directive 2005/64/EC’ with regards to their reusability, recyclability and recoverability.
At Audi, when a new vehicle begins to be produced, developers work to ensure that the car will be recyclable at the end of its life.
Not only is Audi making their vehicles recyclable, they are also involved in developing and producing renewable fuels. They are working to produce fuels called Audi e-power, Audi e-hydrogen, Audi e-gas, Audi e-ethanol and Audi e-diesel.
* EU Directive 2005/64/EC means that the vehicles are at least 85% recyclable 3. Which green principle(s) this company followed?
In its production area, Audi strictly adheres to the principle of sustainability. Large building roofs are equipped with photovoltaic systems. Many efficiency and energy recovery technologies are at work. Production sites make use of district heating distribution systems on a large scale. The customer use phase is crucial to the environmental balance of a vehicle, since about 80 percent of emissions occur in this phase. Large improvements can be realized by optimizing vehicle weight, increasing drive efficiency and in producing fuels and electricity. 4. Has the company been more or less successful since introducing green chemistry? Audi's sales grew strongly in the 2000s, with deliveries to customers increasing from 653,000 in 2000 to 1,003,000 in 2008. As of late 2009, Audi's operating profit of $1.85-billion made it the biggest contributor to parent Volkswagen Group. May 2011 saw record sales for Audi of America. In May 2012, Audi reported a 10%...
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