BRUSSELS — Some of the first seeds of Audi's global ambitions to transition from fossil fuels toward carbon-neutral products and production were planted on the roof of the luxury brand's assembly plant here more than a decade ago.
Now, not only have those seeds taken root, but they've started to propagate from Brussels to locations across the globe — all in an effort to not only eliminate carbon emissions from Audi's lineup of vehicles, but also from the plants where they are built.
Beginning in 2025, production at all Audi plants globally will be net carbon neutral under an environmental initiative launched in 2020 called "Mission: Zero." The ambition to cut carbon emissions goes along with the brand's pledge to launch EVs exclusively beginning in 2026, and to phase out sales of internal combustion vehicles by 2033.
Audi Brussels — which makes the Q8 E-tron crossover and later this year will also begin producing the smaller Q4 E-tron, including those sold in the U.S. — has been net carbon neutral since 2018. The designation means the factory has taken steps to eliminate carbon from its production processes, and has offset what carbon it has not yet eliminated through other means, including planting trees.