TU/ecomotive

A story we would like to share

Mobility is one of the most important things in our day-to-day lives. It allows us to come together and share ideas. Now it is up to the industry to make mobility greener in every way possible.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Currently, there is a world population of 7.75 billion people and predictions say that this population will grow to 10 billion by 2050. Besides the fact that more and more people are living on earth, the life expectancy also rises and the world economy will keep growing. As a result, the demand for fossil resources is rising exponentially, even to a point where the earth can not supply the demand: Humanity is currently using more resources than the earth can replenish within one year. This is indicated by Earth Overshoot Day. On this day, we have used just as much resources as the earth can produce within one year. Back in 1980, this day was still in December, but last year (2019) it was on the 29th of July; almost half way in the year.

 

On the other hand, the resources we use, are only used for a short time. As a result, humans create 2 100 000 000 tons of waste every year. Of this waste, less than 20% is either recycled or composted. A small portion ends up in our oceans and rivers, but this small portion is already enough that predictions say that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by weight. By far most of the waste (70%) ends up in landfills and even though it may seem far from the Netherlands, we will also experience the consequences. These landfills namely contribute massively to global warming: A fifth of all methane emissions comes from these places. 

We however believe that waste is still a valuable material, that can be used in many, complex applications. That is why all structural components of our sixth car, Luca, will be made out of waste material.