Audi and supplier Hydro make joint commitment to using sustainable aluminum

  • Hydro supplies sustainable, ASI-certified aluminum to Audi for use in the battery housing of the Audi e-tron electric SUV
  • Compliance with environmental and social standards are recognized throughout the chain of procurement and manufacture

HERNDON, Va., July 26, 2019 – The supply chain of the Audi e-tron electric SUV is becoming more sustainable as aluminum supplier Hydro is now providing sustainable aluminum for the battery housing of the brand’s first fully electric model. This continues to complement the mission of the Audi e-tron, as the five-passenger SUV is manufactured in a facility that has been declared 100 percent CO2-neutral by the Belgian testing company Vinçotte, as it uses solar energy, onsite wastewater treatment and other measures to lower its environmental impact.

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) has awarded Hydro with a “chain of custody” certificate that confirms its sustainability measures. The ASI already awarded Audi a certificate for the sustainable assembly of these aluminum components in October 2018. This means that the aluminum sheets processed in the battery housing of the Audi e-tron are now demonstrably produced in a responsible manner along the entire value chain, from the extraction of the bauxite raw material to the end product.

Both Audi and Hydro continue to pursue sustainability as an important goal in their corporate strategy and together want to reduce CO2 emissions from the use of aluminum. By 2025, Audi aims to reduce the CO2 footprint of its products throughout their lifecycle by about 30 percent compared with 2015.

Certification by the ASI is the result of various workshops in which Audi and Hydro exchanged their expertise on effective measures for CO2 reduction. “We want to offer our customers completely CO2-neutral mobility by 2050 at the latest. To do that, we need a sustainable supply chain,” said Dr. Bernd Martens, Audi Board of Management member for Procurement and IT. “We therefore seek dialogue with our partners and, together with them, want to significantly reduce CO2 emissions.”

In late 2018, Audi started a CO2 program in procurement and since then has already carried out more than 20 CO2 workshops with aluminum suppliers. Hydro is one of the first aluminum producers to offer sustainable sheet aluminum that is certified by ASI.

“We are very proud to supply ASI-certified metal, especially for the Audi e-tron, one of Audi’s flagships. We are constantly working on reducing our impact and that of our customers on the environment,” said Einar Glomnes, executive vice president at Hydro. “This is an important milestone in our strategy of helping our customers to document the fact that they offer aluminum products that are procured and produced responsibly.”

ASI encompasses environmentally, socially and economically ethical criteria that apply along the entire value chain, from the extraction of the raw material bauxite to the processing, production and recycling of aluminum. For example, it assesses whether a company uses the material in a resource-conserving manner, prepares holistic lifecycle analysis and considers the subsequent repair and recyclability of its products in the design phase.

The Audi e-tron is a true mid-size SUV – the largest segment in the luxury SUV market – and provides the fit and finish that luxury buyers expect. On sale in the U.S. now, e-tron provides an EPA-estimated driving range of 204 miles between charges, room for up to five passengers and a fully electric driving experience without compromise.

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2019 Audi e-tron MPGe EPA estimates 74 city/73 highway/74 combined. EPA estimated total range is 204 miles. Actual mileage and range will vary and depend on several factors including driving and charging habits, accessory use, temperature and topography, battery age, and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. See owner’s manual for details.

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