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Seat planning to cut its environmental footprint in half by 2025

Tuesday 06 June 2017, By Autovolo

Seat planning to cut its environmental footprint in half by 2025

Seat planning to cut its environmental footprint in half by 2025

Seat is aiming to reduce its environmental footprint by 50 per cent over the next eight and a half years.

By the end of 2016, Seat had improved its five major environmental indicators – energy consumption, water consumption, generation of waste, volatile compounds and carbon dioxide – by 33.6 per cent. This means the marque has met its challenge of lessening its environmental impact by 25 per cent by 2018 two years ahead of schedule.

These improvements are part of Seat’s Ecomotive Factory Plan, which was first implemented in 2011. This scheme has allowed Seat to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 66.2 per cent via methods including heat recovery during various processes, efficient control of air conditioning and thermal insulation, the use of external heat supplies driven by biomass energy and the purchase of green energy.

Seat has generated 41.4 per cent less waste and 16.2 per cent fewer volatile organic compounds due to packaging improvements and the replacement of certain manufacturing materials.

Energy consumption has reduced by 21.7 per cent and water consumption has decreased by 22.5 per cent by having lower temperatures during certain manufacturing processes and installing new filters in the rain test.

Dr Andreas Tostmann, Seat’s vice president for production, said: ‘In 2016, we invested close to €23 million (£20 million) to improve our environmental performance. It is a great satisfaction to be able to claim today that we have already reached the goal we set for ourselves for 2018 and that we have an ambitious target for 2025.’