Logo: Lamborghini

Visionary, Cutting Edge, Pure

Photo: Lamborghini Huracán RWD Coupé
Lamborghini Huracán RWD coupé – fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 17.2 / extra-urban 8.9 / combined 11.9; CO2 emissions in g/km: 278 (combined); CO2 efficiency class: G

The first Lamborghini ever made was built in the Sant’Agata Bolognese plant in Northern Italy back in 1963. The same factory has been manufacturing these legendary supercars ever since. A part of Volkswagen AG since 1998, Lamborghini continues to enjoy worldwide acclaim as a manufacturer of exclusive, charismatic vehicles. All Lamborghini cars are developed and produced at this single site in Sant’Agata Bolognese. In 2015, the company’s 1,300 employees built 3,245 vehicles, generating sales revenue of €872 million.

2015 Highlights

“Lamborghini named ‘Top Employer Italy 2015”

Dual Education System Italy (DESI)

During the reporting year, Lamborghini and Ducati launched the practical training component of their joint CSR project DESI (Dual Education System Italy). Other project partners include the Volkswagen Employees’ Foundation, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, the Education Ministry of the Emilia Romagna Region and two Technical High Schools of Bologna. The DESI dual education program will provide 48 young people, mainly from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, with vocational training. For the practical training component, Lamborghini and Ducati have set up modern training centers at their plants.

Carbon-Neutral Production

In 2015, Lamborghini inaugurated new trigeneration (CCHP) and district heating systems. These two projects played a major role in securing carbon-neutral certification for the entire Lamborghini plant at the company’s historic Sant’Agata Bolognese site. Lamborghini was the first company in the world to achieve CO2-neutral certification under the DNV GL (Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd) “Carbon Neutrality” program. The company achieved carbon-neutral production in 2015 by reducing and offsetting energy-related CO2 emissions.

Lamborghini – Biopark

The biopark, situated in the small Italian municipality of Sant’Agata Bolognese in the city of Bologna, includes a 70,000 m2 plantation of 9,000 young common oaks (quercus robur) and a fruit garden (30 different species on 900 m2). Since 2008, similar projects have been carried out by Audi at many of its production plants around the world. These plantations will be monitored over the coming years and decades in a project that will provide insights into forest productivity, stocking (forest density) and the ability of forests to store carbon and maintain biodiversity.

In particular, it is also hoped the project will raise public awareness about the importance of trees and forests, which not only have great cultural and symbolic value but also play a key role in maintaining biodiversity. The project will also attempt to revive lost knowledge and traditional practices, and to demonstrate the degree to which everything new is rooted in the past. All the cuttings were propagated in pots, using traditional methods. Use of natural pest control techniques minimizes the need for pesticides. Last but not least, the project also benefits the local environment, bearing in mind that the oak plantation will capture approximately 6,000 t of CO2 over the trees’ lifecycles.

Special attractions in the forest include a nature walk featuring native tree species and a wetland area, where local schoolchildren can learn more about the environment, and even a fitness area. Last but not least, in April 2016 Lamborghini decided to enrich its own park with an apiary consisting of 8 bee hives to begin an environmental biomonitoring project. Lamborghini Biopark project is an opportunity for mutually profitable collaboration between Lamborghini and its host municipality of Sant’Agata Bolognese, because in addition to being a research site, the oak forest adds value to the regional landscape and environment and has an educational dimension.

Further projects

Trigeneration Plant

Trigeneration, also known as CCHP, is a system which uses a single fuel to simultaneously produce energy for heating, cooling and electricity. The trigeneration plant at Lamborghini, for example, uses natural gas. The thermal energy produced by the fuel is used for air conditioning via the refrigeration cycle of an absorption chiller, which is based on a phase-changing refrigerant combined with an absorbent. The trigeneration plant at Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. has an installed capacity of 1.2 MWh. Electricity is supplied to the plant as a whole via a transformer, while the thermal energy is delivered via a new hot-water piping network. The original cogeneration plants are used to provide back-up when there are peaks in demand.

The installed thermal capacity of 1,190 kWh is used to meet demand during the winter months from November to March. In summer (from April to October), the refrigeration output of approx. 890 kWh is absorbed by the company’s main refrigeration units. This project has a number of different objectives, the most important of which is to reduce CO2 emissions. By operating the system on natural gas, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by an estimated 823 t CO2. With a number of minor modifications, it will be possible to convert the system to run on biogas in the future.

Biogas-Powered District Heating System Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Automobili Lamborghini is Italy’s first automaker to operate its own district heating system. This system pipes hot water to the plant from a biogas-powered cogeneration plant in Nonantola, approximately 6 km away. The hot water (85°C) is pumped through underground pipes to the plant, where the thermal energy is used for heating. Forecasts indicate that the biogas cogeneration plant, which has a total capacity of 1 MW, will in future provide Lamborghini with at least 7,200 MWh of thermal energy annually. This will reduce annual greenhouse emissions by an estimated 1,780 t CO2.

Awards

Top Employer Italia 2016

In recognition of its excellent workplace environment and outstanding personnel management, Lamborghini has been certified as a “Top Employer Italia 2016”. This annual certification is awarded by the Top Employers Institute.

AEOF certificate

The Italian customs authority Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli has awarded Lamborghini the status of “Authorized Economic Operator – Full”, thereby certifying that the company operates to the highest level of reliability and security in its trade with foreign countries.

Universum Awards 2016 – Students Choose Most Attractive Employers

The annual Universum employer rankings reveal which employers are most attractive to students. In an annual survey carried out across all Italian universities, students are asked to name the companies they regard as the most appealing. Lamborghini appeared in the rankings for the first time in 2015, at seventh place in the Engineering/ IT/ Natural Sciences category.