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Official commissioning of Europe’s biggest photovoltaic roof installation in Győr
Audi board member for production, Peter Kössler: “By 2025 all Audi sites will have a neutral carbon balance”
Alfons Dintner, CEO of Audi Hungaria: “A symbol of our commitment to
Audi Hungaria in cooperation with E.ON Hungaria officially 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. The remainder is compensated by bio-gas certificates. Audi Hungaria is thus 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,” says Peter Kössler, board member for production at Audi and chairman of the supervisory commission of AUDI HUNGARIA Zrt. “By converting our factories to renewable energy, we are making an important contribution to counteracting climate change.”
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,” says Alfons Dintner, CEO of Audi Hungaria.
Audi is constantly reducing the energy requirement at its sites. In 2019 alone, Audi Hungaria saved more than 18,000 megawatt-hours of energy and avoided CO2 emissions amounting to almost 5,750 tonnes by means of numerous efficiency measures. In addition, the site at Győr in Hungary is engaged in decarbonization by means of three mechanisms. The first is the switch to green power, which has taken place thanks to the commissioning of Europe’s biggest photovoltaic roof installation and the supply of electricity from renewable sources. The facility, built in cooperation with E.ON Hungaria, has been installed on the roofs of the plant’s two logistics centers. 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. Karten Wildberger, Member of the Boaord of Management, E.ON, says: “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.”