The company already improved its five major environmental indicators – energy, water consumption, waste, volatile compounds and CO2 – by a third at the end of 2016, successfully concluding the challenge of improving its environmental impact by 25% by 2018.

Explains SEAT vice-president for production Dr. Andreas Tostmann: “In 2016 we invested close to 23 million euros 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."

Thanks to the implementation of a 'Ecomotive Factory Plan' – an environmental strategy in the scope of vehicle production – in 2011, SEAT has successfully lowered its CO2 emissions by 66.2%.

In addition, the company has generated 41.4% less waste and 16.2% fewer volatile organic compounds thanks to the selective sorting of packaging or the substitution of certain solvents and waxes used in the production process.

Energy and water consumption have been reduced by 21.7% and 22.5% with measures such as lowering the temperature in some manufacturing processes or installing new filters in the rain test when verifying the water tightness of cars.

The strategy was recognised in 2015 with the Lean & Green Management Award to the Martorell factory for being the most efficient in the European automotive industry, and a special mention to quality at the 2016 Factory of the Year Awards, for the efficiency and sustainability of its processes.