Porsche: sustainable manufacturing on World Earth Day
Raising awareness for climate protection, Porsche underlines its sustainability ambitions on World Earth Day 2021.
To raise awareness of climate protection among its workforce, automotive manufacturer - Porsche - today allocated one hour for its employees to spend the day focusing on the topic, providing information and facts on the consequences of climate change.
Prosche’s commitment to climate protection
Committed to the Paris agreement, Porsche identifies the important role that decarbonisation plays and as such has set ambitious targets to achieve carbon neutrality throughout its entire value chain, for the entire lifecycle of its newly sold vehicles by 2030.
Over the next 10 years Porsche will invest over €1bn in decarbonisation measures.
“We have already made concrete decisions to this end through our decarbonisation programme. Every individual can make their own personal commitment, too,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “Volkswagen Climate Day makes a contribution to climate protection: it will help raise awareness and convey the necessary information so that we can counter climate change by taking action ourselves.”
A holistic approach
For Porsche carbon neutrality means, “maximum avoidance and reduction of carbon emissions.” Only when such methods have been exhausted will Porsche use “carefully selected carbon offsetting measures to close the gap to ensure a carbon-neutral footprint.”
So far all of Porsche’s major locations have been carbon neutral since the beginning of 2021 “Zuffenhausen since 2020, followed by Weissach and Leipzig in January 2021.”
In addition, Porsche reached another major milestone creating the world's first electric vehicle (the Taycan Cross Turismo) to be carbon neutral throughout its entire use phase. With plans to make over 80 per cent of vehicles sold purely electric models or plug-in hybrids by 2030.
Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing
Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing
What is Ultium Cells LLC?
Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”
Who is Li-Cycle?
Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.
As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”
Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?
By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.
“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).
"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.
"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.
Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.
"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.