Efficiency has long since become the top priority when it comes to resources and the generation and use of energy. This is the clear guideline for environmental policy at AUDI AG. An elevated concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere leads to a warming of the Earth and thus to climate change. The primary source of CO2 besides natural processes such as the decomposition of biomass, forest fires or volcanic eruptions is energy generated and used by humans. In the Kyoto Protocol from 1997, the industrialized nations committed to reducing their emissions of the six most important greenhouse gases, including CO2, by at least five percent below the level of 1990 in the period from 2008 to 2012. At the 2012 climate summit in Doha, the achievement of this goal was pushed back to 2020. The EU nations resolved to issue compulsory specifications for saving energy beginning in 2014 that would be binding upon both governments and companies. The stakeholders’ perspective In 2012, we conducted a stakeholder survey asking participants to assess our environmental protection activities. The topics efficient use of materials, disposal and recycling concepts (cf. Material management), environmentally compatible logistics (cf. Logistics) and energy management (cf. CO2-neutral locations) in particular were considered to be highly relevant for Audi. The Company also considers the resource water (cf. Water management) to be particularly important. 1Energy management 2Eco-friendly logistics concepts 3Procurement and efficient use of materials 4Disposal and recycling conceptsfor materials 5Water management 6Conservation and promotionof biodiversity 7Noise immissions The Audi environmental policy assesses the product life cycle All phases in the product life cycle of our automobiles, from development and production to use of the vehicle to disposal, are considered under this aspect. The core ideas of the Audi environmental policy are: to develop ecologically efficient processes and concepts for production to proactively avoid harmful effects on the environment, with a focus on the efficient use of resources and energy to continuously improve the environmental compatibility of products and sites to conduct an open dialogue with customers, dealers and the public to sensitize all employees to environmental concerns and inform them about measures Our environmental protection goals The action areas climate protection, resource conservation and health protection in the context of hazardous substances have been derived from the basic principles of our environmental policy. As have been the following goals: Reduction of energy consumption and thus greenhouse gas emissions Efficient use of valuable raw materials Reduction of water consumption Reduction of waste Avoidance or reduction of the use of harmful substances Beyond the improvement of our own production standards, we also expect our suppliers to use resources responsibly and have documented this in the guide "Sustainability in Supplier Relationships" (cf. Supplier relationships).