june 06, 2019 - Seat

Earth, air, water and fire: the elements of a sustainable factory

  • SEAT has reduced its environmental impact by 34% since 2010 and aims to achieve 50% by 2025
  • Pavement that reduces pollution, efficient chimneys or the largest solar plant of Europe's #automotive industry are just some of the projects
  • Reducing polluting emission and waste even more is on the horizon thanks to the circular economy

The fight against climate change is a global movement with contributions also being made by car factories. For example, #Seat has reduced the environmental impact of its Martorell factory by 34% since 2010. On occasion of World Environment Day, we take a look at the company's major initiatives to look after the planet.

Earth: pollution-reducing pavement. The pavement at the #Seat Technical Centre reduces pollution. It is called photocatalytic pavement, and it is made with cement slabs applied with titanium dioxide. The curious property of this element is that when it comes into contact with pollutants, light and oxygen at the same time, it triggers a chemical reaction that decomposes the pollutants in the air, turning them into nitrates that dissolve with water. So, it decontaminates, cleans itself and has a bactericidal effect.

SEAT currently has 4,000 square metres of photocatalytic pavement, which reduces air pollution by 40%. The company is studying their installation on a further 26,000 square metres of walkways within the entire business complex in Martorell. “This project is framed in the Ecomotive Factory initiative and aims to improve air quality and reduce pollution by 40%. There is an extremely high potential for reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, as the first phase alone at the Technical Centre enables reducing 0.8 tonnes annually. If it were implemented in the rest of the factory the potential would amount to 5.2 tonnes per year.”, explains #Seat Engineering Processes manager Dr. Joan Carles Casas.