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Is sustainable car making possible?

Nieuwenhuis, Paul Andre Henri Francois 2002. Is sustainable car making possible? Presented at: 10th International Greening of Industry Network Conference, Gothenberg, Sweden, 23-26 June 2002.

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Can the car really be made sustainable, or are we wasting our time? I will explore this question in the context of some of the guidelines for sustainability already available, such as those proposed by The Natural Step and those from the German Federal Parliamentary Commission on Protection of Humanity and the Environment. What is lacking is a clear ‘roadmap’ for the car and its use. We would need to establish the kind of world we want, the kind of cars we want and what motorised mobility needs we will require in this future world. We can then identify the characteristics needed. The next step would involve a careful plan – the roadmap – of how we go from what we have to what we will need at that future point. I will explore – briefly - the extent to which the current automobility system could adjust to drastic energy and resource use reduction or to a closed-loop economic system. If we explore the perceived extent of the changes needed and the implications of the changes to cars and car making this implies, we can see that current efforts on the part of the industry appear comparable to rearranging the ashtrays on the Titanic. However among the various actions the industry has been implementing to react to legislation and social pressure are a few gems that are more promising. Identifying and building on these may be more rewarding.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Uncontrolled Keywords: automobility, car industry, roadmapping, The Natural Step
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 03:39

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