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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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Mobility is one of the most important things in our day-to-day lives. It allows us to come together and share ideas. Now it is up to the industry to make mobility greener in every way possible.

The population of our planet is increasing drastically and estimations predict that we will reach a level of 10 billion people as soon as 2050. Besides this fact, people’s life expectancy is increasing all around the world. Next to this, since people live longer and the economy continues to grow, the claim on resources will triple or even quadruple. The problem is that the planet only delivers so many resources per year and therefore more resources are consummated than the earth can produce. Every year the Earth Overshoot Day is calculated: the calendar date on which humanity’s resource consumption for the year exceeds earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources within a year. In 2017 this day was August 2nd. The team believes that to solve this excessive use of resources, society has to adopt a circular economy. By recycling products, using renewable resources and by using smart design less resources are taken from the planet.

Noah is “World’s first circular car” which effectively means it is sustainable in all of its life phases: production, use, and recycling. The car features a material we have been developing for over three years. This iteration of the biocomposite we use a combination of flax and sugar. This results in the material used in the chassis of the car is made from 97 percent renewable resources. This material takes up to 5 or 6 times less energy in production compared to carbon fiber, which drastically decreases its carbon footprint before it has even driven one meter. One of the benefits of this material is that it can be recycled easily to make new products or to use it as fertilizer to grow the next car.

With Noah, the team proved that a circular economy is already possible in complex products (such as a car) today.

Source: TU/ecomotive

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