Sustainability Case studies

Renewable energy at vehicle manufacturing facilities in the UK

16 November 2011 #Sustainability Case studies

Sustainability case studies

Nissan – Sunderland

Nissan installed 10 recycled wind turbines in 2005, which produce 8% of the plant’s electricity requirements, translating to a CO2 reduction of nearly 19,000 tonnes since their installation.

Ford – Dagenham

The Dagenham Diesel Centre has three wind turbines capable of producing 100% of its electricity requirements. Additionally, solar/photovoltaic panels cover 25,000m2 of the roof at the Bridgend Engine Plant. Both generate enough power for 1,820 homes, saving 5,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

Honda – Swindon

The UK manufacturing site in Swindon is investigating the future possibility of generating carbon neutral electricity and heat from virgin biomass. The very high yielding grass energy crop Miscanthus x giganteus (Elephant grass) would be purpose grown on land unsuitable for the growing of conventional food crops.

Toyota – Burnaston

The car manufacturing site at Burnaston is home to a large scale solar panel array that would cover almost four and a half football pitches. It is capable of supplying enough energy to make 150 million cups of tea and save up to 2,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.

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