Published on May 30th, 2020 | by Cynthia Shahan
May 30th, 2020 by Cynthia Shahan¬†
Audi has been a member of the ‚ÄúBiodiversity in Good Company‚ÄĚ initiative for a solid 5 years. In honor of that, Volkswagen Group has shared numerous projects to preserve biodiversity that have been implemented at Audi sites. Further, the Audi Environmental Foundation is consolidating environmental management across the company, with plans to expand in all directions for the benefit of biodiversity. As far back as 2008 Audi slid into its responsibility towards biodiversity, with the Oak Forest Research Lab.
Oak Forest Research Lab: Audi Sponsors Unique Science Project: 36000 oak trees have been planted near Ingolstadt to‚Ä¶ http://bit.ly/5FTiZB
‚ÄĒ James B. (@JamesB003) December 3, 2009
Audi captured me at ‚ÄúBug Hotel.‚ÄĚ I am the grandmother who encourages a bee to light on my arm, and they walks it to a safe flower from a table outside a store. I know first hand that you can live with the small critters safety with a gentle approach.
Commitment to #biodiversity: The Audi Environmental Foundation has been dedicated to the continuous #protection and #research on the #bee world for more than 10 years. We have beehives at many #Audi sites to learn about and from #bees >> https://t.co/AtXtqLUPHy #WorldBeeDay pic.twitter.com/JfFAZnBjTA
‚ÄĒ Audiofficial (@AudiOfficial) May 20, 2020
Natural habitats at #Audi locations: As a member of the Biodiversity in Good Company initiative, we have implemented many projects to preserve #biodiversity at all sites. Take a look at our activities >> https://t.co/hqxw6tOMtz #BiodiversityDay pic.twitter.com/OGcltIBsD0
‚ÄĒ Audiofficial (@AudiOfficial) May 22, 2020
‚ÄúThe United Nations has declared this decade the UN Decade of Biodiversity to raise awareness of the global extinction of species and to promote measures to halt it,‚ÄĚ Volkswagen Group writes. ‚ÄúAudi is contributing to this effort and is implementing biodiversity projects at all sites. As a member of the Biodiversity in Good Company initiative, the company is committed to preserving biological diversity and has consolidated all activities that contribute to this effort in its Mission:Zero environmental program.‚ÄĚ
17 important @UN events happening in 2020.
‚úÖ Climate Action
‚úÖ Gender Equality
‚úÖ Healthy Ocean & Biodiversity
‚ÄĒ UN Environment Programme (@UNEP) January 17, 2020
Audi is addressing 4 action areas in its Mission:Zero program: decarbonization with a clear focus on sustainable production, economical water use, resource efficiency, and the preservation of biodiversity.
‚ÄúIf we are protecting #nature today, we are avoiding the pandemics of tomorrow”‚ÄĒ@UNBiodiversity Acting Exec Sec @mremae@IPBES #GlobalAssessment Co-Chair @sdiazecology joins other experts to discuss links between #biodiversity & health@thinink @Reutershttps://t.co/E7iWLEcTKV pic.twitter.com/sBP4N4dMLQ
‚ÄĒ ipbes (@IPBES) May 26, 2020
‚ÄúThe company combines numerous measures in each action area with the aim of making its production as environmentally friendly and carbon-neutral as possible. The natural design of the open spaces at the Audi production facility in M√ľnchsm√ľnster are a lighthouse project for the biodiversity action area.‚ÄĚ
The complex near Ingolstadt offers an especially valuable habitat for many animal and plant species. Audi converted 17 hectares of its production site in M√ľnchsm√ľnster into natural habitats for plants and animals. ‚ÄúMore than 110 plant species have developed there so far and around 90 wild bee species have established colonies.‚ÄĚ
This is a big departure from the ‚Äúnorm,‚ÄĚ not what you expect when you think of auto manufacturing. Audi has gone far beyond implementing a green roof or solar panels. Audi has gone deep green in M√ľnchsm√ľnster.
‚ÄúThe project in M√ľnchsm√ľnster received Bavaria‚Äôs ‚ÄúBl√ľhender Betrieb‚ÄĚ award in 2019. This award is part of the ‚ÄúBl√ľhpakt Bayern‚ÄĚ initiative, with which the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection wants to encourage companies to make their spaces flower- and insect-friendly. This award requires strict criteria to be met for fostering flora and fauna on company sites: at least 20 percent of open spaces must be naturalistic flowering areas, for example. Chemical pesticides and substrates containing peat may not be used. Projects like this are a benchmark for similar efforts at all other Audi locations worldwide. These include green roof areas at the Ingolstadt site, flowering meadows at the Neckarsulm plant, facade greening and bee colonies at the Brussels site, a green belt around the plant in San Jose Chiapa (Mexico) with a nearby reforestation of 100,000 trees, modules such as heaps of sand, insect hotels, a wet biotope and deadwood area at the Neuburg site, and a Pannonian Steppe typical for the region at the site in GyŇĎr (Hungary).‚ÄĚ
The biodiversity project in M√ľnchsm√ľnster is a central project for Audi. It‚Äôs part of the nationwide Biodiversity in Good Company initiative, which the company joined in 2015. The initiative brings together companies from a wide array of industries to work together to protect and sustainably deploy worldwide biodiversity.
‚ÄúWe are celebrating five years of membership in the Biodiversity in Good Company initiative in 2020 and we want to show that we take nature conservation seriously with the projects at our locations,‚ÄĚ said R√ľdiger Recknagel, Head of Environmental Protection. ‚ÄúThe natural areas are a successful example of sustainable corporate management: They are especially valuable ecologically and usually also cheaper to maintain than standard green spaces with high maintenance requirements. What‚Äôs more, employees experience a special quality of rest and relaxation during breaks.‚ÄĚ
If you think that‚Äôs the extent of Audi‚Äôs biodiversity leadership, put your seatbelt back on. There‚Äôs more to say about the company‚Äôs broad approach to promoting more biodiversity in the world. ‚ÄúAudi is also committed to preserving biological diversity beyond the confines of the company. The Oak Forest research project was launched in 2008 in the K√∂schinger Forest near Ingolstadt with around 36,000 English oak trees. The project now comprises more than 100,000 trees in various areas around the Audi sites in Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm, GyŇĎr, Brussels and San Jos√© Chiapa. The Audi Environmental Foundation was established in 2009 and has taken on the long-term scientific support for this project. The interactions between stand density, biological diversity and CO2-binding potential are being studied under the direction of the Chair of Forest Growth Science at the Technical University of Munich. The Oak Forest project is one of many environmental projects by the Audi Environmental Foundation that aim to preserve biodiversity.‚ÄĚ
Put nature at the heart of development. https://t.co/7CaVdxUzbK
‚ÄĒ Karl Burkart (@greendig) May 23, 2020
Even a small reduction in mowing lawns ‚Äď including public spaces like parks, road islands and roadverges ‚Äď can boost wildlife & wildflowers, help pollinating insects, and save money, studies show. An easy way to give nature a chance ūüźĚ#rewilding #ClimateAction #biodiversity pic.twitter.com/cJhB2jIRDB
‚ÄĒ Little Green Space ūüźĚ (@LGSpace) May 23, 2020
Didn‚Äôt know this automaker was so engaged in promoting and supporting biodiversity and natural habitats? Neither did I. We seldom see any corporations go above and beyond when it comes to protecting nature. It is certainly not something you would expect to find an automaker focused so greatly on. Both congratulations and thank you to Audi for taking a leadership role in this field. It will probably not pull in many more buyers, but it should make Audi e-tron and other electrified Audi buyers feel good about their choices.¬†
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