News: Germany - case study of remanufactured alternators
The Department of Environmental Technology of the Technische Universitaet Berlin has completed a sustainability assessment of automotive alternators.
Thursday, 3rd January 2013
Sustainability is an international issue with increasing concern and becomes a crucial driver for the industry in international competition. Sustainability encompasses three dimensions: environment, society and economy. The case study results show that remanufacturing potentially causes about 12% of the emissions and costs compared to producing new parts. Three different designs of alternator were assessed from an environmental and economic perspective: conventional, lightweight and ultra-lightweight. Results showed that the conventional alternator was the most promising and that lightweight parts are not necessarily better. The location of a remanufacturing plant (Germany, India and Sierra Leone) was investigated from a social point of view, particularly looking at child work, fair wages and gender equity. For more details, please go to the external weblink.