It’s no secret that “go green” is progressing from a suggestion to an imperative. This will affect numerous industries around the world, but perhaps none more prominently than automotive manufacturing, which has a double-barreled dilemma: not only is its production process hard on the environment, so are its products. But just as automobiles are unsustainable, life without them is unimaginable. Here are five ways the automotive industry can become more sustainable.
Lower Resource Use in Manufacturing
We concentrate so heavily on the emissions that come from the cars on the road that it’s easy to overlook the resources that go into manufacturing the cars. While low-efficiency cars are derisively referred to as “gas guzzlers,” automobile plants are water guzzlers, no matter how efficient the cars on the assembly line are. Between all the industrial processes that go into running the plant, the production of a single car requires nearly 40,000 gallons of water. A production facility is also a major consumer of electricity, requiring nearly 80 kilowatt-hours per car. Using less water and power to make our cars will go far in keeping the auto industry viable.
Sell More Prompt Scrap
Whether it’s aluminum or steel, manufacturers mustn’t let good metal go to waste. Prompt scrap, the leftover metal that has not been used for a product, can be resold to scrappers and recyclers who can then distribute the metal to other businesses. Compare this with obsolete scrap, the disused consumer products that have already been processed. Keeping prompt scrap moving through the system finds non-automotive uses for this excess product.
Use Recycled Materials
Just as manufacturers can introduce recyclable materials into the marketplace, they can incorporate recycled materials into manufacturing as well. Cars that have retired from the road as well as unrelated consumer products can find new uses in new automobiles, from metal and tire rubber to carpeting. By reducing the need for raw materials, manufacturers can make their processes significantly more sustainable.
There’s only so much oil in the ground. Across the pond, the United Kingdom has resolved to ban all new petroleum-fueled automobiles by 2030—not as far down the road as you may think. A considerable transition to electric cars will be a necessary advance in order to continue a car-centric lifestyle in spite of diminishing petrocarbon resources. By putting more electric cars on the road, we can reduce our dependency on foreign oil as well as take major steps toward reducing emissions.
Increase Fuel Economy
With full electrification still out of reach, one of the most important ways the automotive industry can become more sustainable is to increase efficiency in the combustion engines we have now. Lighter-weight vehicles made from lighter materials mean your engine doesn’t have to work as hard. More aerodynamic design can take some workload off the engine as well without sacrificing horsepower. Until we can use no gas at all, we can still use much less.
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Just in time for next week’s likely House vote on a federal $15 minimum wage, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has come out with a caustic report on the consequences of the policy. New proposals to dramatically increase the minimum wage suddenly is receiving pushback from critics who say this could… Continue Reading →
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The recent forced closures and Pandemic Downturn forces businesses to re-think their Marketing efforts.
As stated in the Northwest Indiana Business Magazine “The rule still stands that you should never do just one media. It’s a committed mix over time,” Julie Olthoff of VIA Marketing in Merrillville said. “It takes six weeks for a good digital run to take hold. On average.”
Ways the Automotive Industry Can Become More Sustainable
It’s no secret that “go green” is progressing from a suggestion to an imperative. This will affect numerous industries around the world, but perhaps none more prominently than automotive manufacturing, which has a double-barreled dilemma: not only is its production process hard on the environment, so are its products. But just as automobiles are unsustainable, life without them is unimaginable. Here are five ways the automotive industry can become more sustainable. Continue Reading. . .
Although you may have heard that the Coronavirus has greatly effected the hospitality industry the most, you would be surprised that it hasn’t effected Inman’s Recreation Center in Valparaiso Indiana. Yes, they have made several changes to their operations since opening with Indiana’s Stage 4.5 “Back On Track” opening, but attendance is in full “swing.”… Continue Reading →
Local Portable Sinks Help Fight Covid-19
Pratt’s Direct is a small, family-operated company that has been, in and around, the food concession business for 10 years. In the past, Pratt’s has operated a home town, brick and mortar ice cream shop. They have also been involved with several community farmer’s markets, where they provided a hand- scooped ice cream and refreshments. This is also where they established a relationship with the local health department officials and learned the standard requirements. Continue Reading . . .
Local Puzzle Store Booming Cause of Covid-19
What started out as a passion a few years ago, has turned into a phenomenon during the Covid-19 outbreak. “We Can’t keep puzzles on the shelf,” stated Joel Bender, owner of Mindbenders puzzles and games. “In fact, we have started a waiting list,” he continued.
Take a stroll or cruise along 119th Street down the newly restored historic downtown Whiting and you will stumble upon the most playful little store, it’s windows brightly lit in neon with PUZZLES * TOYS * GAMES. Mind Benders puzzles & game Continue reading . .
On Tuesday, July 21, Highland Redevelopment Department announced the construction of “The Depot” at the corner of Highway Ave and Kennedy Ave will begin. This is an effort to enhance the downtown Highland experience and make it a great place for business to thrive. The downtown Highland is dotted with lots restaurants, shopping and special… Continue Reading →
The Miller Beach Farmers Market has a new schedule for summer. They are more than just fruits and vegetables. The Market opened June 7th, 2020. The Sunday market now runs 11am-3pm, every week, June through August 30th. Thank you to everyone who has been supportive of the Market and our 2020 Pandemic Edition… Continue Reading →