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Lamborghini Going Green All Over Again!

While most car companies are “doing their bit” by developing Hybrids and Electric alternatives, Lamborghini has tried something different, apart from its share of Hybrids aka the Asterion LPI 910-4, Lamborghini has gone ahead and extended its environmental responsibility to its manufacturing plant as well.

Lamborghini Gian Luca Galletti and Stephan Winkelman
Gian Luca Galletti- Minister of Environment, Land and Sea & Stephan Winkelman- President and CEO Lamborghini

Lamborghini makes the opening move by becoming the first company in the world to be awarded a CO2 neutral certification for their plant at Sant’Agata Bolognese. The certification under the “Carbon Neutrality” has been awarded by DNV GL (Det Norske Veritas Germanisher Lloyd), a leading environmental risk management classification, verification and service company. It received this certification for its new trigeneration and district heating systems that reduced and compensated for CO2 emissions inside their production site.

Stephan Winkelmann, Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO explained the positive move to be one with their environmental sustainability strategy for sustainable growth. The inauguration was held in the presence of the Minister of Environment, Land and Sea, Gian Luca Galletti and several other government authorities.  Mr Galletti acknowledged the effort of Lamborghini to set an example of doing business while respecting the environment and expressed his desire to see the same model being implemented in other regions of the country.

The New Trgeneration Plant at Sant'Agata Bolognese
The New Trgeneration Plant at Sant'Agata Bolognese

Trigeneration and District Heating Systems
To put the science in a nutshell, the new system uses natural gas to produce electricity heating and cooling, hence the word tri-generation. This system saves approximately 820 tons of CO2 every year in terms of emissions. The target however, is to switch to biogas by 2017, reducing emissions by a further 5,600 tons per year. The District heating system channels the water from a biogas cogeneration power plant for its heating requirements, saving another 1,800 tons of CO2 a year.

Lamborghini and the Environment
Some of the other achievements in sustainability include the fact that it is the first and only car manufacturer in Italy to have earned an EMAS environmanetal certification, a tool conceived by the European Union to help evaluate environmental efficiency. It also received an ISO 14001 Certification for maintaining international standards on environmental management. A photovoltaic plant in 2010 and a Lamborghini Park where 10,000 young oak trees were planted are also up its sleeve.   Lastly, its new building that houses the prototype development and pre-series vehicles has received an A class energy certification.

It is nice to see that car manufacturers are no longer limiting themselves to efficiency in automobiles and are now expanding their technological innovation in the field of environmental sustainability! They are recognizing the profitability of being environment friendly in matters of cost and efficiency and of course the market value of a green company!

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