General Motors (GM) has claimed that it is "doing everything possible" to minimise the energy used to produce the Vauxhall Astra at its Ellesmere Port production plant in Cheshire.
The manufacturer claims that, while there is an emphasis on reducing the impact of driving on the environment, there is little attention paid to the way cars are built.
Since 2003, GM’s Astra production hub has halved the amount of energy required for every vehicle that comes off the line, the automaker claims.
While production volume has increased, total energy consumption at Ellesmere Port has dropped by 30 per cent.
This success, which GM describes as "an amazing achievement", has been recognised by the Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme (EEAS), the independent benchmark for efficiency in British industry.
Colin Hawthorne, utilities manager at Ellesmere Port, will receive an EEAS certification at an awards ceremony on July 19th.
GM has implemented a number of measures to increase efficiency at its plant in the north-west, including the development of energy saving initiatives and work to make its staff and the local community more energy aware.