EIT Climate-KIC and partners launche the Circular Cars Initiative at the United Nations Climate Action Summit.
Cars are responsible for 90 per cent of air pollution in cities and contain 1.4 tonnes of material on average. At the end of a vehicle’s life, little of this material is recovered and re-used. However, technological advances and environmental concerns are now driving a rapid transformation of individual mobility.
The Circular Cars Initiative
The initiative works towards transforming the industry through the lens of the circular economy and mobility-as-a-service.
The joint partners have three focus areas:
- Design for longevity through sharing and pooling concepts
- Improved materials management
- Advanced re-manufacturing.
The Circular Cars Initiative engages stakeholders along the automotive value chain. This includes material suppliers, fleet operators, re-manufacturers, recyclers, data platforms, and regulators. At its core, the initiative is a collaboration between the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, with EIT Climate-KIC as a key partner. Technical support is provided by SystemIQ, an environmental services consultancy. Other key partners are chemical company, Lanxess, and LeasePlan, a world leading car-as-a-service company.