the concern over climate change has pushed global business operations towards
being greener and more sustainable. More and more businesses are incorporating
sustainability goals in order to cut down on energy consumption, carbon
footprint and in general reduce negative environmental impact.
automotive sector is no different. According to a report by Capgemini, sustainability has become a strategic priority for the industry –
62% of automotive organisations claim to have a comprehensive sustainability
strategy with well-defined goals and targets. Sustainability and environmental
consciousness have seeped into the industry, also influencing the way consumers
buy and take care of their vehicles.
we view our sustainability goals through three themes- Science for Circular,
Science for Climate and Science for Community.
Science for circular
circular economy refers to a business model where production and consumption,
involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing, and recycling
existing materials and products as long as possible. Through this the life
cycle of products is extended reducing environmental footprint. In practice, it
implies reducing waste to a minimum. From a car owner’s perspective, this means
making environmentally conscious decisions when it comes to purchasing
3M committed to buildingin a clear Sustainable Value Commitment to all new
products we bring into the market. The solventless, biodegradable,water-basedsolutions
like a Multipurpose Shiner for maintaining the shine of two wheelers, is
an eco-friendly and pocket friendly step in the right direction. A good Chain Lube avoids the use of
synthetic grease and used motor oils for a superior performance of your
motorbike chain compared to a standard variety. Using the right products and paying
attention to the minute aspects of vehicle maintenance not only helps to run
the vehicle at optimum efficiency but also reduces environmental impactcaused by
cars. For instance, engine maintenance, oil and battery disposal, tyre
pressure, brake maintenanceetc, allcontribute to circularity.
Science for Community
as simple as car washing can be harmful for the environment. Depending on where
and how regularly the car is used, sediment and heavy metal traces are often
found on the surface of the car, with metals like copper, cadmium, lead, and
zinc often found inthe brake pads and tyres. When washed at home, the water
used will wash off the heavy metals and dirt and seep into the ground polluting
the soil, and nearby water sources as well. To reduce the amount of water used
and the side effects of pollution that comes with it, a Ceramic Coating
gives shine and hydrophobicity, which prevents dirt from sticking to the
surface. Another solution to prevent the wastage of water would be to use a Dry
Wash cleaning solution which may be un-traditional but also effective in
cleaning without wasting water.
cars are washed using high pressure water of approximately 100 litres per car.
And a total of approximately 10 million cars are washed every year when they go
for service. This leads to wastage of 1 million Kiloliters of water every year.
Science for Climate
petrol and diesel oil are used in automobiles, toxic chemicals such as carbon
dioxide and carbon monoxide are generated. These compounds contribute to several
environmental issues, including air pollution and global warming. While
government policies have helped to reduce emissions, car owners themselves have
a role to play in making vehicles more eco-friendly. 80%-90% of cars’
environmental impact comes from fuel consumption and noxious emissions.
car maintenance can help reduce the adverse effects of using the car in a few
simple ways. Maintain the car through periodic Diesel Fuel System Cleaners
or Fuel System cleaner. This will help to avoid clogged injectors leading
to higher emissions and loss of power that results in lower mileage. Periodic
maintenance ensures that the performance of the vehicle is maintained
throughout its life.
Maintaining cabin temperature by keeping the
AC system clean by using an Evaporator Cleaner Solution ensures higher
performance of AC, leading to potential savings in fuel and reduction in
overall environmental warming as AC will work optimally once maintained with AC
evaporator cleaner. The evaporator is a key component in vehicle air
conditioning systems. Its function is to cool and dehumidify the air coming
into the vehicle cabin and provide comfort to the occupants. Dust and moisture are
ever present in all mobile air conditioning systems. The Evaporator cooling
coils work in a dusty and damp atmosphere due to the ambient conditions around.
This condition may cause clogging of AC evaporators leading to reduction in
cooling efficiency and expose the occupants to allergies apart from bad
unpleasant smell of the vehicle due to microbial growth in the cabin air
growing awareness around the need for sustainability has compelled many
businesses to offer "greener" products and processes, as well as to
advocate novel approaches to improving their environmental performance. The
auto care industry is taking several steps to ensure that car maintenance
products are eco-friendly, toxin free and easy to use for the consumer.
companies are setting up long term goals and strategies to minimise their
emissions by adopting green manufacturing processes and products. A certain
onus of responsibility also falls on vehicle owners as improper car maintenance
will lead to emissions, low mileage, and a plethora of issues harmful to both
the user and the environment. Focus should be put on making vehicles itself
circular, so that its parts can be reused and recycled.
views expressed by the authors are personal
Hazra, Global Application Engineering Manager, Pro Care, AAD, 3M India
Gowdaman A ,Global Platform AE, Pro Care – AAD, 3M India
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