The 3 Rs of sustainability – applications to the automotive industry

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle. These are the three major strategies to lower emissions and ressource consumption. EDAG as an engineering service provider has developed different approaches following these strategies.

To reduce the carbon footprint the utilization of biobased materials is a possible solution. We want to show that even structural parts can be manufactured with these materials. Our example is a child seat made of flax fibers ans biobased polyamide.
Reuse is a very diffcult discipline since it requires the adaption of the whole vehicle ecosystem. During the last years several projects to achieve novel circular economy solutions for vehicles were developed. We achieved longer lifespans for critical components so we can now use them for more than one vehicle life. Our approach includes remanufacturing and creates a whole new value chain. The parts are based on durable and lightweight CFRP. By the enlarged utilization time, we can lower the carbon footprint in comparison to steel and other materials.
Another approach is modular design, that decouples the life of components from the lifespan of the vehicle. Again, we create a system for circular economy. The key again is the selection of materials providing a lower footprint over the whole lifespan of the part.

A presentation by Stefan Caba, Head of Innovation Field Sustainable Vehicle Development at EDAG.

View of the Speaker

Question 1: What drives you?
A sustainable vehicle, my bike or the train.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your session?
The approaches are not limited to adaptions for simple parts of the vehicle but to change the overall concept. In particular the reuse concept is outstanding. This revolutionaire approach is peculiar and will cause changes to the overall value chain.

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
In the short run, the use of recyclates must be increasd. In the long run biobased solutions will be developed for every existing part and function.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Every part of the supply chain will be influenced – the next revolution is yet to come

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Oldschool thinking

About EDAG
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Our 360° development expertise for vehicles and production facilities as well as our independence make us a recognised engineering partner during the entire development process: from strategy development through the concept phase and series to production planning and optimisation. We are in an ideal position to further expand our role as the world’s largest independent engineering partner to the automotive industry.

Stefan Caba is speaker at the 2022 edition of the Materials 4 Sustainable Mobility Conference.

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