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As sponsor of the GREENTECH FESTIVAL’s GREEN AWARDS, Audi supports sustainable ideas that will make the world a better place to live.

06/03/2021 Text: Bernd Zerelles - Photo: Ulf Büschlep, AUDI AG, WorldofMeMarie, Greentech Festival, RePack, Carlsberg, Desert Control archive, Virj Kan (CC BY-SA 4.0), neustark AG, KALEA GmbH, Netafim, Slow Food, Werner & Mertz, George Pimentel/Getty Reading Time: 4 min

The green “#celebratechange” hashtag shines above the heads of audience members.

There was an extra surprise at the digital world premiere of the Audi RS e-tron GT and Audi e-tron GT quattro in February 2021: The presentation of the GREENTECH FESTIVAL’s special GREEN FUTURE Award. As part of the GREEN AWARDS, this special prize recognises projects and individuals that promote environmentally sustainable urbanisation, while at the same time making a significant contribution to enhancing quality of life and urban infrastructure.

The GREEN FUTURE Award went to Israeli startup Zencity for its eponymous intuitive tool for local governments. Zencity is an AI-based tool that uses an algorithm to collect and analyse social media posts and local news from cities. Municipal authorities can use this data to better understand—and, where necessary, respond to—the needs of their residents. At the same time, Zencity enables residents to gain the attention of political decision makers in an automated way. This method conserves resources, replacing face-to-face surveys, committee meetings and citizen hotlines. Zencity is already being used in 160 cities, including Chicago, Ottawa and Tel Aviv.

 

Nico Rosberg, co-founder of the GREENTECH FESTIVAL, says: “Time is a critical factor when it comes to climate change — and we need to act now. Startups like Zencity provide us with the necessary tools. ”Audi shares this philosophy. According to Henrik Wenders, Senior Vice President of the Audi brand: “Audi stands for Vorsprung. Our aim is to harness technology in contributing to a sustainable future and shaping urban mobility in a way that puts people front and center.”

Audi e-tron GT quattro: Power consumption, combined*: 19.6–18.8 kWh/100km (NEDC); 21.8–19.9 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

Audi RS e-tron GT: Power consumption, combined*: 20.2–19.3 kWh/100km (NEDC); 22.5–20.6 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

Stated specifications apply only in Germany and are not applicable in other regions.

Audi e-tron GT quattro: Power consumption, combined*: 19.6–18.8 kWh/100km (NEDC); 21.8–19.9 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

Audi RS e-tron GT: Power consumption, combined*: 20.2–19.3 kWh/100km (NEDC); 22.5–20.6 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

Stated specifications apply only in Germany and are not applicable in other regions.

Nico Rosberg, co-founder of the Greentech Festival, as well as host Steven Gätjen, Marco Voigt and Judith Kühn from the Greentech Festival together with Henrik Wenders, Senior Vice President of the Audi Brand, (from left) at the Green Awards ceremony to mark the world premiere of the Audi RS e-tron GT and Audi e-tron GT quattro.
Nico Rosberg, co-founder of the GREENTECH FESTIVAL, as well as host Steven Gätjen, Marco Voigt and Judith Kühn from the GREENTECH FESTIVAL together with Henrik Wenders, Senior Vice President of the Audi Brand, (from left) congratulate the winner at the GREEN AWARDS ceremony to mark the world premiere of the Audi RS e-tron GT and Audi e-tron GT quattro.

Audi e-tron GT quattro: Power consumption, combined*: 19.6–18.8 kWh/100km (NEDC); 21.8–19.9 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

Audi RS e-tron GT: Power consumption, combined*: 20.2–19.3 kWh/100km (NEDC); 22.5–20.6 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

Stated specifications apply only in Germany and are not applicable in other regions.

Audi e-tron GT quattro: Power consumption, combined*: 19.6–18.8 kWh/100km (NEDC); 21.8–19.9 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

Audi RS e-tron GT: Power consumption, combined*: 20.2–19.3 kWh/100km (NEDC); 22.5–20.6 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

Stated specifications apply only in Germany and are not applicable in other regions.

Time is a critical factor when it comes to climate change — and we need to act now.”

Nico Rosberg

This year’s GREENTECH FESTIVAL will be held in Berlin from June 16 to 18. Audi is not only one of the founding partners of the festival co-founded by Nico Rosberg but also sponsors the GREEN AWARDS. One the festival’s four core modules, the GREEN AWARDS recognise disruptive ideas and innovations to fight climate change. An independent jury selected three nominees in each of the four competition categories — Youngster, Innovation, Startup, Impact. In the next stage, a final winner will be chosen for each category. The selection and evaluation process is overseen by TÜV Nord. The winners of the GREEN AWARDS will be announced on the evening of June 18.

Categories and nominees at a glance:

Youngster

Young thought leaders (aged 16 to 25) making a lasting contribution to sustainability.

Innovation

Projects demonstrating the most cutting-edge innovation in the green technology field.

Startup

Young companies making an important contribution to environmental protection and resource conservation.

Impact

Established companies and organisations positively impacting people’s awareness of sustainability.

Audi awards special prize

Audi awards special prize

The Lifetime Achievement Award (Male) presented by Audi will also be awarded at the GREEN AWARDS. This year, the award goes to Hollywood legend Robert Redford and will be presented by Henrik Wenders, Senior Vice President of the Audi Brand. Redford has long been a champion of environmental causes, including as an activist for the Sea Shepherd marine conservation organisation as well as producer of the “Ocean Warriors” docuseries.

 

To find out more about this year’s festival and awards and to watch last year’s recording, visit the GREENTECH FESTIVAL website.

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