Audi will build a 160,000 square meter solar-powered park in collaboration with E.ON. The new photovoltaic field, installed at the logistics centers of the Gyr plant, will be the largest roof-mounted solar system in Europe. Construction work will begin in August 2019 and renewable energy production in early 2020.
We are committed to rationalizing resources and we want to drastically reduce the environmental impact of our products. About 70 percent of Audi Hungary's heat needs are already satisfied by geothermal energy, but our goal is to achieve a plant that is totally carbon neutral. By building the new solar park, we are approaching this result with great strides, said Achim Heinfling, CEO of Audi Hungary.
The project, carried out in collaboration with E.ON Hungary, sees Audi make available the surfaces to cover the two logistics centers, each of approximately 80 thousand square meters. Extensions to create the largest rooftop photovoltaic system in Europe. E.ON will manage the park, consisting of 35,000 solar cells, with an annual production of over 9.5 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity, corresponding to the annual needs of 5,000 families. The use of renewable energy will allow to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 6,000 tons.
We are working tirelessly for greater sustainability throughout the entire production cycle, said Peter Kssler, Member of the Board for the production of Audi AG. By 2030, all of our plants will have zero climate impact. The use of renewable energies is crucial for achieving this goal.
Karsten Wildberger, member of the E.ON Board, added: Intelligent energy management essential for companies that want to achieve their sustainability goals. We help companies like Audi to make climate protection and their business compatible.
Audi AG, together with its partners, draws on renewable energy to create closed production cycles. In 2014, we were the first premium manufacturer to measure and certify its carbon footprint. Since then, we've been working hard to reduce it, said Rdiger Recknagel, the company's environmental protection officer. We are making use of innovative technologies in all our production plants in order to reduce the consumption of water and atmospheric pollution, while simultaneously enhancing recycling.