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Audi opts for green rail logistics

INGOLSTADT, Germany: September 01, 2017. Audi says it is the first company in Germany to be CO2-neutral using DB Cargo's 'DBeco plus' rail service.

Audi DB CargoThe rail company has calculated Audi's specific energy requirement and replaced it with green electricity from renewable energy sources in Germany.

Audi says it has reduced CO2 emissions by more than 13,000 tons each year since it began the rail-based distribution of cars  from its Ingolstadt factory to the North Sea port of Emden in 2010.

In 2012 the company added another DB Cargo train from its plant in Neckarlsum to Emden and has now transported 1.6 million cars and saved 63,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

Seven years after the start of the project, 25 trains a day now arrive at the two plants with supplier components and then depart with finished cars to ensure a carbon-free logistics supply chain.

"With this changeover, we are significantly reducing the CO2 emissions of our logistics operations and are making a sustainable contribution to climate protection," declared Heiko Schultz, head of Transport Logistics at Audi.

In 2014 the company became the first car manufacturer to have its CO2 footprint certified to ISO 14064 and now uses the results to help reduce its environmental footprint.

"We are pleased to be the first rail logistics company to make our transport operations CO2-free, and thus to make an important contribution to Audi's goal of CO2-neutral production," commented DB Cargo Logistics CEO Jens Nöldner.

The rail company invests 10 percent of the Audi contract revenue in developing facilities for producing or storing regenerative electricity in Germany.

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