Reducing emissions: some top tips
With the recent news that the concentration of carbon dioxide emissions has now reached 400 parts per million worldwide, it is important that significant efforts are undertaken to reduce this figure. With an increased awareness of the dangers of this increase, we look at tips which will help support the reduction of carbon emissions.
Although the majority tend to drive to work, this further increases the level of CO2 into the atmosphere. By walking, biking or utilising public transport, emissions will be reduced. If driving is essential, switch to a low emissions vehicle which will reduce levels of CO2.
When you aren’t at home, make sure the thermostat is turned off and central heating is lowered, not only to reduce emissions by this will lower your energy bill. Similarly, removing standard bulbs with LED bulbs will reduce energy costs.
Solar panels have also become an increasingly popular sustainable energy source.
Make sure your house is insulated probably including the loft and cavity walls, in addition to installing double glazing so around 50 percent of heat is retained.
It is important to recycle all new and used items when possible, and utilise energy efficient technologies which will reduce carbon emissions further.
The modern world takes advantage of water being accessible when needed, but care should be taken as a result. By taking a shower instead of a bath, you can significantly reduce energy levels in comparison to having a bath.
By only using the amount of water necessary when boiling the kettle, you will also be making a huge difference.
It is advisable to reduce the level of heated water per household, as this increases the level of emissions significantly.
Reducing the level of red meat consumed by switching to organic, local alternatives are beneficial not solely for health reasons, but the level of CO2 emitted as a result of transportation of goods has a significant impact
By eating foods which are in season and have been sourced locally will provide health and global benefits.
Go back to nature
The number of trees which are cut down per year in relation to the number which are planted is continuously a source of debate. However, by planting trees we can effectively ensure the reduction of carbon dioxide and increase of oxygen.
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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.