Driving green: Automotive giants drive sustainability

AutotechInsight Analysis Monthly

Leading automotive manufacturers are spearheading sustainability by repurposing waste materials for car production, reducing reliance on virgin resources and promoting circularity.

The automotive industry is shifting toward sustainability by reevaluating materials used in manufacturing. Manufacturers are embracing circularity rather than relying solely on petroleum-based plastics by repurposing waste materials like landfill scraps and agricultural by-products. This shift reduces reliance on virgin resources, minimizes waste generation and fosters a circular automotive economy. Approximately 30% of vehicle materials are recycled for new vehicles, indicating a firm trajectory toward full circularity. The industry also focuses on materials beyond electric vehicles, including natural-fiber composites and bio-based resins, motivated by environmental concerns and regulatory initiatives such as the EU’s end-of-life vehicle (ELV) regulation. Read our previous analysis on EU’s ELV regulation here.

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