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Unilever's new plant in Mexico is green model for future facilities (photos)

The new Unilever Aerosols plant in Cuernavaca uses renewable energy, rainwater harvesting and new technologies to minimize its environmental impact. It will be the model for at least 30 new factories between this year and 2015.
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The Unilever Aerosols plant will double Unilever's national production of deodorants into markets in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and Colombia. The company's chief chief supply chain officer plans to use various technologies and design approaches from the plant -- Mexico's largest -- to help inform the design of at least 30 new factories between this year and 2015. 

At the site, original trees were preserved during the construction phase. Plants are irrigated with non-potable water courtesy of a comprehensive rainwater collection system.

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Low water-consumption gardens add an element of green to the site. A gray-water cistern (far right) and pluvial water tank help recover rain water.

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Special permeable pavement ensures that rainwater that isn't captured by onsite technologies can flow back into the water table.

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Solar photovoltaic panels generate enough power to run certain parts of the lighting, especially external systems, during the evening and night hours. Many systems at the plant use variable speed compressors and high-efficiency motors to help manage power consumption. Intelligent sensors shut down idle equipment when appropriate.

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Overhead skylights provide plenty of daytime lighting. To supplement, the plant uses T5 lighting technology, a highly efficient fluorescent option.

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