Tesla sets the record straight once more about Giga Berlin’s water consumption

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Tesla Giga Berlin-Brandenburg is already dubbed as the company’s most sustainable and efficient facility, but it still attracts a consistent stream of opposition. Among the most notable arguments against Giga Berlin is the facility’s water consumption, which critics have alleged is dangerously high. Tesla, for its part, has been doubling down on its efforts to set the record straight about Giga Berlin’s water usage. 

In comments to rbb24, Tesla External Projects Lead Theresa Eggler provided an overview of the facility’s water consumption as well as the technologies that the EV maker employs to ensure that the factory could recycle as much water as possible. The Tesla employee highlighted that Giga Berlin recycles almost all of its dirty water from car production. By doing this, Tesla is able to use far less water than originally planned. “We manage to recycle up to 100% of all of our process wastewater here,” she said.

Alexander Riederer, who works at Tesla’s Public Policy & Business Development division, also highlighted that Giga Berlin is one of Germany’s largest wastewater treatment plants. “We have one of the largest industrial wastewater treatment plants in Germany here. There is only one larger one, which is in a nuclear power plant,” he said. 

Tesla Giga Berlin is a huge facility, and thus, it was approved to use 1.8 million cubic meters of water per year. However, Tesla currently uses less than 500,000 cubic meters of water annually. A large part of this water consumption is actually just used for the sanitary facilities of Giga Berlin’s 12,500 employees. Thus, despite its large size and current vehicle output, Giga Berlin only uses about 4% of the total water volume of the water association WSE.

“We actually have one of the most efficient automobile factories in the world here in terms of water consumption,” Riederer stated. 

While there is a notable amount of noise surrounding Giga Berlin’s water consumption, it is important to note that the facility consumes far less water than other industrial plants in the area. As per the Brandenburg Ministry of the Environment, the Jänschwalde power plant uses 44.9 million cubic meters of water every year, and the waste recycler EEW in Premnitz uses 23 million cubic meters of water annually. Even the Klaistow asparagus farm uses nearly 1.1 million cubic meters of water per year, more than twice the amount of water used by Giga Berlin. 

Granted, Giga Berlin is situated in a water protection area. But it should be noted that Mercedes-Benz also operates a factory in Ludwigsfelde that is built in a water protection area. That factory employs 2,000 workers and has an output of about 50,000 Sprinters per year, and it has been operational since the early 1990s. The Mercedes-Benz facility also consumes less than 100,000 cubic meters of water per year. With this in mind, Tesla already uses far less water per vehicle in Giga Berlin, but as per rbb24, the Mercedes-Benz factory has not attracted any protests about its consumption or possible dangers to date.

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Tesla sets the record straight once more about Giga Berlin’s water consumption
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