WARWICK, UK - Rover's switch from coal-fired power stations to gas turbines has cut the average amount of carbon dioxide generated during manufacture, according to an internal environmental performance audit.
When measured per vehicle, the reduction was 30 percent over seven years, according to the audit.
The amount of water used per vehicle has been cut by 41 percent.
Rover has improved energy efficiency by 26 percent over the same period. During that period annual production rose from 415,000 to 523,000 units.
Waste sent to landfill sites has been reduced by more than 60 percent.
The report also noted that Rover has cut solvent emissions at its paint shops by half. Rover was fined $6,600 last year following a spill of the degreasing solvent tricholor-ethylene near the Land Rover site at Solihull.
The use of this solvent will be eliminated by the end of this year.
Rover commissioned its first waterborne paint shop in 1994 at its Birmingham facility. Waterborne paint was installed at Solihull last year, and a third waterborne plant costing $165 million will be operational at Oxford by the end of 1998.