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Sustainable mobility is a core issue both for public and private agents. It is an objective with specific date to meet: 2035. Such year is expected to be the end of production and selling of combustion engine vehicles.
This objective, the one of sustainable mobility, poses a series of challenges in which the automotive sector is already working to bring a sustainability-based roadmap on all processes.
For achieving a sustainable mobility, the automotive sector faces four main challenges:
Spain holds one of the oldest car parks in the EU. Transitioning to a cleaner mobility has implications at all levels.
Government purchasing subsidies are an essential step. In this sense, several market studies and opinion pieces state that a high volume of consumers is willing to change their purchasing habits to reduce environmental impact.
Eliminating combustion motors must be go along building efficient charging networks and infrastructures. The production of green energy must be promoted to face such paradigm. Renewable energies are essential for the neutral emissions objective.
Recycling and reusing components play a fundamental role to achieve ambitious environmental plans in Europe regarding sustainable mobility. The sector of Spanish automotive component manufacturers has been for years devoted to component recycling, remanufacturing and reusing.
The circular economy in the framework of automotive component suppliers already recovers up to 95% of vehicle parts. This recovered material is used again in the industry or given to other commercial ventures.
For turning the electric vehicle into the car of the future, ideal conditions for its use must be developed. Here, innovation plays an essential role. At this point, as highlight, the automotive sector is the highest investor in the vital I+D process.
Innovation and development of new systems and technologies is profoundly rooted into the component industry which, only in Spain, invests three times the national average, a 4% of their billing.
The automotive component manufacturer’s role is essential to reach decarbonization in the automotive industry.
In this sense, several methodologies can be observed which are devoted to reach objectives such as digitalization -due to its role in the energetic efficiency-, or as we mentioned above, the contribution of materials to decarbonization through circular economy, process improvement and synthetic elements substitution.
In this sense, some months ago, a debate on Fundación Repsol de Transición Energética at Universidad Pontificia Comillas analyzed the keys of decarbonization in the car sector during the seminar. This meeting gathered some companies belonging to Autoparts from Spain, such as Gestamp or Grupo Antolín.
During the event, Santiago Esarte, Advanced Manufacturing Manager at Gestamp, assured that “information is required to go further than energetic consumption and an optimization of processes by analyzing data and assessing new procedures”. On her part, Carolina Valdivielso, responsible of Climate Change and Circular Economy at Grupo Antolín, also attending the event, emphasized on the convenience of car recycling, sustainable materials and raw materials, insisting on the benefits of substitution of synthetic fibers for natural ones: “waste reusing must be achieved creating value in an out the industry by integrating sustainable vegetable fibers “she stated.
The Spanish industry of automotive components is continuously looking for adapting to standars demanded by technology and automotive digitalization. In fact, up to 16 million vehicles on European roads -according to Berg Insigh- will have built-in Internet connection, therefore we can call them “smart phones on wheels”.
A concept car is a vehicle prototype, that is, an experimental automobile from which just one example is manufactured so the manufacturer previews what might be done in the future.
In 2021, the Spanish automotive supplier sector exported €19,669 million, which means a 10% increase compared to 2020..Regarding 2019, a -5.2% decrease is observed.