Use of resources and material
As an automaker, we are part of an industrial sector that consumes large volumes of material. We therefore strive to plan raw material use carefully and employ finite resources as sparingly as possible.
A large proportion of the materials used in our vehicles is obtained from suppliers in the form of components. Although the components’ environmental impact does not directly affect our environmental performance as described in this report, they are taken into account when we make holistic environmental assessments during product development and when we select materials. To date, the assessment method we have used for our car series allows us to calculate the total amount of material that will be needed during the production process and also incorporates waste flows. The result is shown in the table on Group-wide data.
Some metals that are needed for the production of catalytic converters and are also increasingly required for batteries and electric drive systems are very scarce worldwide. We employ efficient technologies so that the use of such materials can be kept to a minimum. Another aim is to take the recycling of materials from end-of-life vehicles into account as early as the product development stage. We are particularly focusing on special batteries for creating electric powertrains as well as on all-new electric traction motors. Various research projects have been launched in this regard in order to create closed loop systems over the long term.
My Sustainability Report
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