Circular Economy

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Germany

The automotive industry provides us with a good example of successful circular economy. The materials used are usually properly disposed of, providing a high degree of recycling potential. In its “Life Cycle Overview” for current car models since 2009, Daimler makes it clear how the circular economy can be addressed in production from the outset – with the help of analyses of the entire product life cycle.

Current Daimler vehicles consist of around 48% metal and 20% various polymer materials. The manufacturer submits its vehicles to an environmental balancing process, which depicts the material flows and CO2 footprints, from raw material extraction and usage to recycling – that means raw materials and energy from extraction to recycling.

The specifications of Daimler vehicles stipulate that the proportion of so-called secondary raw materials, including the use of recyclates, will be continuously expanded. Planners therefore envisage an annual check by 2020. The interim target was to use 25 percent more renewable raw materials and recyclates by 2015 than in the base year of 2010. This target was exceeded, with 39% higher usage of recyclates and 28% higher usage of renewable raw materials.


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