May 21/19

Green On All Fronts: How to Make a Business Environmentally Friendly

The automotive industry has invested $63 billion over the past 10 years towards sustainable business practices. This investment contributed to a 24% reduction in production emissions over this time.

These reductions are a great start towards green initiatives. There’s still room to cut down on the automobile industry’s environmental impact though. By implementing new technologies and creating processes that can recycle materials, the auto industry can add to this progress.

How can you make your auto business environmentally friendly? There are simple steps you can take at every part of the production process.

Sustainable Business Practices

Environmentally friendly practices take the name of sustainable practices because they offer more benefits than just protecting the environment. Sustainable practices can reduce the cost of production in the long run.

These practices also often meet the needs of consumers. For instance, practices to lower emissions also create more fuel-efficient vehicles, cutting down on the cost of fuel to the consumer.

Sustainable practices also help you meet the requirements for the EPA environmental protection act. This adds to the long-run reduction of costs.

Source Parts from Environmentally Friendly Companies

Your first step to sustainable practices involves the parts and services you use to make the final product. If you source these materials from environmentally conscious companies, you ensure you’re getting parts that benefit the push for lower environmental impact.

Look for companies that use lower emission processes for production. Also, look for companies that use sustainable materials during the production process.

Sustainable Technologies

Standard production processes waste energy and materials. The good news is new technologies exist to reduce this waste.

These waste reduction technologies include 3D printing. 3D printing allows you to use just the materials you need to produce parts. This cuts down on the material waste at the end of the process.

3D printing also cuts down on energy waste and opens the doors to using more environmentally friendly materials in the production process. This means you can experiment with biodegradable materials for the parts used in making vehicles.

Using 3D printing for rapid prototyping both shortens the time for verification of a part or process and reduces cost and materials associated with the verification process.

Sustainable Materials

You can also turn to lightweight materials for part production. Using materials such as aluminum for vehicle bodies leads to a more fuel-efficient vehicle. This will cut down on the pollution emissions from these vehicles.  Lightweight materials can also be used for interior automotive parts. Replacing nonstructural plastic parts with lighter, natural fiber parts, you can lower the overall weight of the vehicle.

New processes for steel production leads to lightweight steel products to use for some of these parts as well, allowing you to use stronger material while still reducing emissions.

Create Recycling Processes in Production

Recycling programs offer opportunities to cut costs, and in some instances to make money  by recycling materials. Some centers pay for recyclable materials, or other companies may purchase the waste materials for their production processes.

This also allows you to cut down on your company’s environmental impact.

Recycling involves two aspects. First, you can use materials that the end consumer can recycle. Second, you can create processes that recycle resources after production.

Using Recyclable Materials

Many pieces go into making a vehicle. Each of these parts gets made from materials such as metal, glass, and plastic. If you source recyclable materials, you help to cut down on the waste in landfills once the life of the vehicle ends.

Steel offers one example. Steel can get melted down and reused for other production companies. Aluminum can get recycled as well. Make use of these recyclable materials during production.

You can also do your part by educating consumers about the possibility of recycling car parts. This acts as a way to reduce pollution while marketing to the end consumer.

Recycle Production Resources

You can also look into ways to recycle resources and materials after use during production. Find ways to process the waste back through the system or send wasted materials to a recycling center.

Water reuse gives one example. Process and filter wastewater to send it back through the system for reuse. You can set up a collection system to make this process possible.

Company Recycling Programs

Production requires a workforce. This workforce can also add to your green business ideas with company recycling programs.

Offer recycling bins for general human waste, such as plastic, paper, and aluminum products. You can also move to electronic communication services to cut down on the paper waste for a company. This offers a waste-reduction opportunity any business can implement.

Implement Fuel Alternatives

The fuel used in production and use of vehicles emits harmful chemicals into the air, adding to the pollution. In fact, standard vehicles produce 1/3 of the air pollution across the globe.

Fuel Alternatives in Production

Where possible, look for fuel alternatives in the production process. You can look into alternatives for energy, though this option proves tricky for production centers. Still, you can look into solar or wind energy.

3D printing is also beneficial as fuel alternative. You can decrease energy using this process and cut down on fossil fuel use during processing.

Alternative Vehicle Options

Many automotive companies have introduced an electric or hybrid vehicle as part of their line. These electric cars cut down on the need to use fossil fuels to run the vehicles. They also cut down on the pollution emissions.

Electric cars use an electric motor. The motor gets its power from a battery pack. In fact, with fully electric cars, this battery pack runs every aspect of the car that requires power.

People can charge the battery pack with a simple outlet. As electric cars enter the market, more charging stations get set up, offering a means to charge as they travel. Some even offer a battery boost for areas with no charging station.

As these electric cars gain popularity, production companies are looking for ways to increase efficiency and reduce pollution from the battery packs.

Getting Started as a Sustainable Business

With some simple sustainable business practices, you can do your part to reduce the harmful production effects on the environment. Many of these practices can go into practice immediately.

Are you ready to do your part to protect the environment? Contact us to get a quote on production services using sustainable practices.