Even before a new Audi covers its first kilometer on the road, it leaves a tire print on the ground – an ecological footprint. Even its birth requires raw materials and energy. To make the production and use phases as sustainable as possible, Audi drew up a holistic environmental balance sheet for all models.
Susanne Then and her colleagues have dedicated their effort and time to so-called Life Cycle Assessments (LCA). “We evaluate the vehicles according to their environmental impact over their entire life cycle – “from cradle to grave”,” says the environmental and process technology engineer.