SEAT factory cuts water usage by 31%

SEAT, member of Volkswagen Group, the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain, has reduced its water consumption per car produced by 31 percent at Martorell factory in Barcelona in the last eight years.

By using cutting-edge technology and more efficient processes to reuse and recycle water used in its manufacturing processes, particularly in the paint workshop and rain test booth SEAT has reduced its impact on the water cycle as it continues its commitment to preserve ecosystems.

The factory, which produces around 450,000 cars a year, still used 1,170,000 m3 of water in 2018 – the equivalent of 470 Olympic swimming pools.

SEAT aims to further reduce consumption to 38 percent by 2025 by implementing even more systems and processes around the factory, from capturing water vapour in the air conditioning units to recycling huge amounts of waste water.

Dr Joan Carles Casas, plant engineering manager at SEAT, said: “Digitalisation and new technologies are helping us make enormous progress towards a model of circular economy with more recycling and fewer emissions. But what is more important is the awareness and proactivity of the SEAT team, which will certainly enable us to fulfil our goals.”

Among the systems and processes planned to help SEAT reduce consumption to 38 percent are condensed recovery of water vapour in the factory’s air conditioning system, monitoring of cooling systems, weather condition forecasting systems to programme more efficiently the watering of green spaces, pilot tests with electrocoagulation, ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis systems, designed to recycle large amounts of waste water produced by the plant.

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