ENYAQ iV with a Carbon-Neutral Balance
When using electricity from renewable sources, drivers of new electric cars can drive completely “green”
he new ENYAQ iV is not only emission-free on the road at the local level: ŠKODA AUTO also supplies it to customers with a carbon-neutral production emission balance. This is possible thanks to a number of measures. Which ones are they?
Production process optimisation
The carmaker is constantly innovating its operation and production processes. The Vrchlabí plant is the first at ŠKODA AUTO to use all its energy for production from carbon-neutral sources since the end of 2020. In this decade, some of the carmaker’s other facilities in the Czech Republic will join it. The brand’s logistics have also, for example, developed the OPTIKON application, which uses artificial intelligence to ensure the ideal use of space in containers. In the first half of 2020 alone, 151 container transports and, thus, 80 tonnes of CO2 emissions were prevented.
ENYAQ iV is produced in the main plant in Mladá Boleslav where the carmaker, in cooperation with ČEZ, is building the largest photovoltaic roof system in the Czech Republic.
Monitoring of CO2 emissions in the supply chain
ŠKODA AUTO ensures that CO2 emissions in the supply chain, the entire production process and logistics are reduced proportionately – also by using electricity from renewable sources – or completely prevented. For example, LG guarantees the use of electricity from renewable sources in the production of batteries for ENYAQ iV. Many other partners also guarantee environmentally friendly production processes. The calculation of the remaining CO2 emissions is based on the specific environmental balance of the ENYAQ iV, which is certified by TÜV NORD CERT. It also verifies the ongoing emissions that are associated with it. On the certificates, it confirms the correctness of the registration of all the CO2 emissions within the entire life cycle and classification of the ENYAQ iV model as a product with a neutral CO2 balance when it is delivered to customers.
Car and battery recycling
CO2 emissions during the life cycle also include car recycling. First, the drive batteries get a “second life” in ŠKODA iV smart energy storage devices. Next, they are recycled and the used raw materials are further used. CO2 emissions from car recycling are considered in the balance.
Emission compensation through certified projects
A certain share of CO2 emissions arising from the production (suppliers and production) of the ENYAQ iV model cannot be avoided yet. The carmaker compensates for them by purchasing certified carbon credits, which it does by supporting climate protection projects, such as the construction of a large wind farm in Tamil Nadu in southern India. The total capacity of hundreds of wind turbines will reach 200 MW and provide clean energy to 600,000 households. ED
Sugar Beet Patent
The carmaker uses ecological materials in its car production and is investigating the use of new natural raw materials
nnovative and sustainable materials with a portion of crushed sugar beet coloured in accordance with the procedure developed by ŠKODA AUTO can also be used for fillings and certain design elements in the car’s interior. But it is not necessary to transport it from far away; the carmaker obtains organic raw material from Dobrovice near Mladá Boleslav, where it is created as a by-product in sugar production and has not yet had any technical use. The material processed in this way has already been patented by the Technical Development department, together with the Technical University of Liberec. Technical Development is also working on another material – this time, using silvergrass. Its fibres can be processed and used, for example, in the manufacturing of door linings.
of the seat upholstery in the ENYAQ iV with the Lodge interior consists of polyester from recycled PET bottles; the rest is from certified natural wool.
The carmaker already uses a number of sustainable materials in production; however, it intends to go even further. “We want to be sustainability pioneers. For us, this means much more than just reducing the CO2 emissions of our model range. That is why we prefer ecologically produced materials. For example, we’re currently exploring how to make greater use of waste products, such as coffee grounds, coconut fibre and rice husks”, adds Johannes Neft, Board Member for Technical Development. The use of sustainable materials significantly reduces our carbon footprint, especially if they come from renewable sources near production plants. Organic production waste that can be recycled without the need for other materials is ideal and reduces the need for industrially produced primary materials. ED