10 Apr 21
- FAN ZONE
31 Mar 21
Audi Sport, a part of Formula E since the very first race, has been awarded Three-Star Environmental Accreditation by the FIA - the highest tier of environmental best practice certified by world motorsport's governing body.
By 2050, Audi intends to have a carbon-neutral footprint across the entire lifecycle of its models. The first steps have been taken with the company's CO2-neutral plants in Brussels and Gyor and the next stages are clearly defined: by 2025, all of the Audi facilities are intended to operate with a carbon-neutral footprint.
Motorsport has taken a leading role in this transition, and Audi Sport in Neuburg has now been awarded the FIA’s coveted Three-Star Environmental Accreditation based on Audi Neuburg’s existing EMAS certification of the entire facility for its exemplary implementation of environmental standards.
“We closely monitor our environmental impact on and off the racetrack, especially in terms of how we can keep reducing and improving it,” says Julius Seebach, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH with the responsibility for Audi Motorsport. “For me, it’s essential for motorsport to also be a pioneer in this area. That’s why we’re proud of this highest-level FIA accreditation, because it perfectly matches the path that we, as Audi Sport, are pursuing in all areas of the organization.”
The German outfit joins the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship itself alongside teams Mercedes-EQ, Envision Virgin Racing and Mahindra Racing as outfits that are commited to the FIA's highest tier of environmental best practice.
Applicants have to demonstrate the existence of a variety of environmental standards, transparently document them in detail in an environmental management system and define clear environmental protection and sustainability goals.
“The FIA wishes to congratulate Audi Sport on receiving the Three-star status, which is the highest level of certification within the FIA Environmental Accreditation. It shows the strong commitment of the brand to environmental sustainability. I am also pleased to see that the number of manufacturers’ racing activities with this status is constantly growing,” says FIA President Jean Todt.
The carbon-neutral production footprint of the fully electric Audi e-tron GT thanks to green electricity and heat from renewable sources at Boellinger Hoefe at the Neckarsulm plant, as well as many other specific projects in Neuburg, all go to show that sustainability is firmly anchored at Audi Sport, even beyond audit requirements.
The cooling towers at the power station in Neuburg can be operated with ground water to reduce the required amount of fresh water by up to 3,800 cubic meters per year. In additon, the 47-hectare site has long been supplied with green electricity, a photovoltaic system is currently being planned to cover the base load, with second-life batteries from electrified vehicles serving as buffers.
In addition to the accreditation of the Neuburg site, motorsport obviously includes testing and races around the world that Audi also factors in. In the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, a carefully elaborated and jointly implemented logistics concept reduces the environmental footprint, among other things.
All of the unavoidable CO2 due to the team travelling and fielding the two Audi e-tron FE07 cars are jointly offset as part of a series-wide initiative. Formula E is the only sporting series worldwide to have been carbon-neutral since its formation in 2014.
For Julius Seebach, this is a good model. “Sustainability in an organization like Audi Sport is not a condition that can simply be created, but is based on the attitude and willingness of everyone to jointly pursue a course of continuous optimization,” he says. “That’s why, going forward, aside from the purely sporting component, all of our projects will assess, reduce and, if necessary, compensate for our environmental footprint. The FIA accreditation is an important step on this pathway and many others are going to follow.”