Circular economy in the corporate world: the FCA case

Sostenibilità in FCA. Fonte: AGI.

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“FCA is contributing daily to the transition to a circular economy”: this is the direction taken by FCA, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, one of the global leaders in the automotive sector listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World.

The company is committed to the reduction and correct treatment of the waste generated by its production chain. The pillars of the company’s circular economy policy are the refurbishing, reusing and recycling of the materials used for car manufacturing.

Coming down to figures, this is the data emerging from the FCA Sustainability Report 2015:

  • 21% reduction of the amount of waste generated by the whole production chain between 2014 and 2015
  • 96.7% waste recycling rate
  • production of 171.3 kg of waste per vehicle: this figure marks a 22% decrease compared to 2010 and is already well below the targets set by the company for 2020.

In recent decades, demands on the planet’s resources have increased to a level that now represents a significant threat to our environment. The economy is also highly dependent on our ability to manage these finite resources. As such, the transition to a circular economy – and away from the traditional “take-make-dispose” or “linear” economy – is vital to a sustainable future. In a circular economy, products are designed for an extended life with components and materials that can be recovered or recycled – continuously.This is how FCA explains its commitment to a sustainable direction, while highlighting a key aspect for the corporate sector: “This offers significant benefits not only for the environment, but also for the sustainability of the economy.

Besides circular economy actions, FCA is actively involved in R&D for technological innovation. For several years now the company has been selling biomethane-powered vehicles: in particular, the recent project “Biomethair”, in collaboration with 19 Piedmont partners from academia and the corporate world, is working on the creation of a Panda with low CO2 emissions that can be fuelled with biomethane and biohydrogen from waste biomass processing.

Through its skills and environmental commitment, FCA is contributing to create a more sustainable future.

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