Development of Lightweight Designs and EV Vehicles “Posing Major Challenges” for Recycling Industry

Development of Lightweight Designs and EV Vehicles “Posing Major Challenges” for Recycling Industry

Circular Economy a Topic at International Automobile Recycling Congress

Recycling Today, March 2019 Edited by Kelly Maile / read original article here

More than 200 professionals from 24 countries attended the International Automobile Recycling Congress (IARC) March 20-22 in Vienna, Austria.

According to an IARC news release, an area of focus was how the pressure to cut carbon emissions is driving the development of lightweight design and electric vehicles (EV), but is posing major challenges for the recycling industry, particularly when it comes to finding ways to recycle new types of composite materials. However, opportunities are also emerging from this development, as the overarching aim of reducing carbon emissions is "increasingly shining a spotlight on the recycling industry."

In his keynote speech titled "Mobility's Circular Economy Potential" and panel discussion "Opportunities of the Circular Economy,” McKinsey & Company, New York, consultant Patrick Schaufuss reiterated the importance for the manufacturing industry to consider designs that are suitable for the circular economy.

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Patrick Schaufuss speaking at the CWIEME Conference in Chicago 2017:

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