As consumers we are often trying to find ways to improve the way we go about practices in our homes – not only for the good of the environment, but also for our wallets. However it isn’t just us who are doing this, as businesses both big and small are also getting in on the action. We thought it would be interesting to highlight a few examples of this so you can see how society as a whole is coming together to tackle the issues that make green living a necessity.
One of the world’s top ten steel producers, Tata Steel, has an entire section on their website about sustainability. As a company with approximately 80,000 employees across five continents, they have a good amount of knowledge especially due to their industry. They have helped to explain the concept of sustainability, identified driving factors behind why sustainability needs to exist, and they have outlined a number of key themes that other businesses can use in order to follow processes better. Most of these are to do with construction and production, which actually contribute to a large percentage of energy consumption on a national basis – therefore it is good to know that it is being taken seriously.
Renault, JLR, Nissan and Toyota
The Guardian recently published an article on Europe’s automotive industry which makes for some interesting reading. Some of the big names in the industry are coming up with ways to drive sustainability through remanufacturing and materials innovation – this makes plenty of sense when you consider the sector’s heavy reliance on raw materials. Renault’s Choisy-le-Roi factory has been doing this in some respect since 1949, but they have most recently started doing this with turbo compressors. According to the company, one remanufactured part uses 80 percent less energy, 88 percent less water, 92 percent fewer chemicals, and generates 70 percent less waste production compared to a new part.
Colibri (Innovative Mobility Automobile)
Also in the automotive sector is a new car that you might not have heard of before. In Jena, Germany, the Colibri made a debut prior to it going into commercial production this year. This is one to note as it is said to have zero CO2 emissions and low energy consumption, making it the greenest car on the market. This is something that consumers can truly appreciate as it will be something they can use themselves if it is of interest. Named after the world’s smallest bird, it is clear that the car won’t be suitable for a full family of people, but it could be ideal for one-person city trips whether for commuting or delivering items.
Of course, there are many other businesses out there who have taken measures to ‘go green’ – these are just a selection of them. We’d love to hear from other companies and the techniques they use to be more sustainable and eco-friendly, regardless of how little or large the gesture is.