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Automotive Industry Develops New Guidelines for Measuring Recycled Content in Automotive Products

WASHINGTON and SOUTHFIELD, Mich., December 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) and the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) today announced the release of a new guidance document, “Measuring Recycled Content in Automotive Products.”

The guidance document was produced through a collaborative process by the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) Material Efficiency Working Group, whose members include original equipment manufacturers (OEM) such as Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC (HDMA), Stellantis, Toyota Motor North America and their suppliers, in conjunction with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG).

The document is designed to describe a common industry-supported definition and simple approach to measuring the recycled content of automotive products, consistent with approaches described in other standards.

“As we continue our aspiration to maximize the use of sustainable content in vehicles, we have decided to bring together a team of automakers and suppliers with the aim of developing simple common definitions of key terms related to the topic of sustainable materials. to minimize duplication of effort and promote consistent approaches in supplier communications, sustainability reporting and measuring industry progress,” said Reeshemah HowardHead of Sustainable Development, General Motors.

“Striving to eliminate waste and optimize the use of sustainable materials in automotive operations and products is a key priority for our member companies. While there are established definitions of certain terms related to the theme of sustainable materials, we have found that a range of different definitions and interpretations of these terms can be used in the industry today and believe there is an opportunity for the automotive industry to take the lead in promoting a further alignment in this area through its supply chain,” said Kellen MahoneyProgram Manager, Supplier Partnership for the Environment.

“AIAG was delighted to work with the Suppliers Partnership to develop a common definition of recycled content for use across the automotive industry. recyclable materials. Our team also plans to convene a new task force in the coming months to focus on specific sustainable materials initiatives and develop additional resources for businesses across the supply chain,” said Lecedra WelchProgram Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Automotive Industry Action Group.

SP and AIAG recommend that automakers refer to the definitions and process outlined in this guide and that this document be widely distributed throughout the automotive supply chain as a best practice guide when determining the recycled content of a automotive product. In the coming month, SP and AIAG will also release a companion guidance document outlining a common process for measuring renewable content in automotive products.

“This project is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between SP and AIAG to help establish alignment and promote the use of a common and consistent language across the industry when it comes to materials. In the future, the MS Materials Efficiency Working Group intends to build on learning from this process to address common definitions of additional aspects related to sustainable materials, as appropriate. where appropriate, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with the AIAG and other industry organizations with shared interests in improving automotive supply chain sustainability,” concluded Reeshemah Howard.

The guidance document can be downloaded for free at https://www.supplierspartnership.org/recycledcontent and https://www.aiag.org/recycled-content-definition.

About MS
The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) is an association of automakers and their suppliers working collaboratively with the US EPA and other government entities toward a common vision of a positive environmental impact automotive industry. https://www.supplierspartnership.org/

About AIAG
The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) is a unique not-for-profit organization where OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government entities and academics have worked together for more than 39 years to reduce the cost and complexity of automotive supply. chain. With more than 4,000 member companies, the AIAG provides a legal, non-competitive forum for collaboration on innovative solutions to common industry problems. https://www.aiag.org/

Contact – Kellen Mahoney, [email protected]

SOURCE Supplier Partnership for the Environment (SP)