Mercedes-Benz production plants also play an integral role in our extensive environmental protection measures. In order to meet strict requirements, numerous measures are taken into account at the planning stage before building a plant. The Rastatt plant is an excellent example. The assembly plant was built in 1990 across a total area of approx. 147 hectares. More than 20 ecological measures based on compensating for land usage were put into place in and around the site before the first brick was laid. Part of the site is made up of green areas with 2600 trees and 100,000 shrubs and bushes. We have even taken apparently "trivial" aspects into account, e.g. 700 moth-friendly lamps that attract far fewer moths at night than conventional lamps.
Power supply is another key component of the environmental protection program at the Rastatt plant. This is ensured by a cogeneration unit, which simultaneously produces electricity and useful heat. A key advantage of a cogeneration unit is its high overall efficiency (around 80%). Comparable conventional power generators are only half as effective.
Numerous other measures, including a heat exchanger and rainwater treatment system round off the environmental program. These measures have not only harnessed a number of awards but also ensured that the endangered bird "beautiful demoiselle" has settled in the area.