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Lamborghini announces €35 million CO2 reduction program

 Italian supercar maker Lamborghini has announced plans to achieve a 30% reduction in its factory CO2 emissions by 2010, and a 35% reduction in its vehicle CO2 emissions by 2015.

With regard to Lamborghini vehicles, the CO2 reduction plan aims for an additional 35% decrease in emissions by the year 2015. This figure is expected to be achieved through R&D activities including: decreasing vehicle mass, improving combustion, reducing friction, and implementing start-and-stop systems, hybrid drivetrains, and  biofuels. €35 million will be appropriated over the next five years for this purpose.

Regarding factory emissions, Lamborghini has constructed a large photovoltaic plant at its factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese which, combined with an energy-saving project, is claimed to achieve a 30% reduction in the factory’s CO2 emissions by 2010.

The roof-top plant is expected to produce 1,582MWh of "green" energy per year, which translates into a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions (-1,067,820kg/year) by 2010.

 The photovoltaic systems, built by Sinergia Sistemi S.p.A., will have a total installed power rating of 1,4MW and will extend over 17,000m2 throughout the entire industrial area.

At the same time, an equally important energy conservation project involving insulating the production facility’s entire roof, improving lighting and heating, and introducing destratification systems for heated air will be completed, resulting in a 10% energy usage reduction by 2010.

These projects represent the next step in a program that began last year with the opening of the new Lamborghini Logistics Center. The Center has already contributed to diminishing the impact caused by heavy truck traffic on the roads between Anzola and Sant’Agata Bolognese. It is calculated that this facility has achieved a reduction of emissions by over 75kg per annum, and nitrogen oxide by over 750kg.

Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO of Lamborghini, said, "Lamborghini is committed to its policy of environmental management, since we are well-aware of the great opportunities that derive from it. We have an objective to reduce CO2 emissions to the greatest possible degree. We have also set compulsory annual goals that are part of an integrated approach, both considering the automobile as an element which is more considerate of the environment in terms of emissions and the use of resources, to the accomplishment of a series of corresponding measures such as modifications to our factory. This is an important action for Lamborghini and a central opportunity for our long-term corporate and product development.”


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