10 top car manufacturers launch raw materials sustainability assessment
Car manufacturers including BMW, Ford, Toyota, and Volvo, have partnered to launch a project that assesses the sustainability of sourcing the raw materials used for cars.
10 leading car brands joined a five-year long cooperation, dubbed Drive Sustainability, and have now announced the Raw Materials Observatory.
The 10 companies involved are: Daimler AG; Honda; JLR; Scania; VW; Volvo Cars; Volvo Group; BMW; Ford; and Toyota.
The project will address the environmental and human rights issues within the supply chain of some of the materials used within manufacturing.
Building a vehicle require more than 30,000 components, with raw materials including aluminium, mica, cobalt and rubber – all of which have been known to implement environmental and social risks when acquiring them.
“This will allow Drive Sustainability to identify the most impactful activities to pursue in order to address the human, ethical and environmental issues within the supply chain,” reported Stefan Crets, Executive Director of CSR Europe, which oversees Drive Sustainability.
“For Drive Sustainability this is an occasion to contribute to cross-sector actions to tackle child labour issues and unacceptable working conditions in the raw materials supply chain,” he added.
The companies have committed to monitoring and promoting the principles Drive Sustainability stands for.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.