A recent article from The Guardian focuses on the efforts of a few of the top car manufacturers to integrate closed-loop thinking into their production processes. Renault, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Toyota are facing the facts: dwindling natural resources and creation of environmental policies means sustainable solutions have to be incorporated now.
It is not hard to see how recovered carbon black (aCB) can play a significant role – either as a use for the end-of-life tires, or in a new vehicle for any polymer components which require carbon black:
“Within Europe, ELV legislation dictates that 85% of a car is recycled, a figure set to increase to 95% in 2015. Several manufacturers including Nissan and Toyota are involved in trials working with vehicle dismantlers, shredders and recyclers to ascertain the best methods for high value extraction of mechanical and increasingly, mechatronic parts.”
So, not only could they support the fulfillment of their recycling quotas, but put something sustainable back into their new cars. It doesn’t get more closed-loop than that.
You can read the full article here.
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