Long before “sustainability” became a buzzword in the past two decades due to increasing concerns about climate change, already in the 1950s Prior Automotive Products was operating under the banner of environmental protection, implementing and promoting ecologically-sensitive, green practices in our automotive business.
Let’s Go Green
As per scholar Mark Foster’s assessment, “fully one-third of the total environmental damage caused by automobiles occurred before they were sold and driven.”
He cited a study that estimated that fabricating one car produced twenty-nine tons of waste and 1,207 million cubic yards of polluted air. Extracting iron ore, bauxite, petroleum, copper, lead, and a variety of other raw materials to process steel, aluminum, plastics, glass, rubber, and other products necessary to construct automobiles consumes limited resources, uses great amounts of energy, and has serious environmental repercussions.
According to data provided by the International Federation of Remanufacturers and Engine Rebuilders, globally the energy preserved as a result of remanufacturing is comparable to the amount of electricity produced by eight nuclear power stations. The production of remanufactured automotive parts alone saves a considerable 80% of energy, in comparison to producing new auto parts.
Remanufacturing is the best alternative to automotive product end-of-life (EOL). By extending the life cycle of the automotive or truck part, remanufacturing saves immensely on raw materials and natural resources.
Simply put, remanufactured auto parts save money. They are less expensive than new parts by 30-50%. Increasingly, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East are developing remanufacturing industries because of an increased global emphasis on the clean usage of steal and other materials in conjunction with reduced cost and job expansion.