SP Member News Roundup – December 2021

SP provides a forum for global automotive manufacturers, their large and small suppliers, the US EPA and other government entities from around the world to work together toward a shared vision of an automotive industry with positive environmental impact.

This series collects recent news and updates though December 2021 highlighting efforts of SP member companies and partners to advance initiatives with positive environmental impact.

  • Ford Bronco Sport Becomes First Vehicle To Feature Parts Made Of 100% Recycled Ocean Plastic.  Consumer products made from recycled ocean plastics include everything from sunglasses and T-shirts to running shoes and yarn. Now, Ford is adding to its legacy as a leader in sustainability and is using 100% recycled ocean plastics to produce automotive parts. Learn more.
  • GM and POSCO Chemical Will Build a New North America Factory to Process Cathode Active Material for Ultium Batteries. General Motors and POSCO Chemical announced plans to form a joint venture through which the parties will construct a factory in North America to process critical battery materials for GM’s Ultium electric vehicle platform. The joint venture will process Cathode Active Material (CAM), a key battery material that represents about 40 percent of the cost of a battery cell.  Learn more.
  • Honda Releases 2021 North American Environmental Report. Honda released its environmental activities data for North America covering the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 (FY 2021). This marks the 17th consecutive year that Honda has released detailed environmental impact data for its North American operations. Learn more.
  • Li-Cycle to expand US battery recycling ‘Hub’ by 40% and provide LG with nickel for the next decade. To meet increasing market demand, lithium-ion battery resource recovery specialists Li-Cycle has announced plans to increase the processing capacity of an upcoming New York facility by 40%. In addition to expanding its US battery recycling footprint, Li-Cycle has also entered into a letter of intent with LG to create a closed-loop battery ecosystem. Learn more.
  • Monolith signs letter of intent and collaboration agreement with Goodyear on carbon black for its tire production. Monolith announced it has signed a collaboration agreement and letter of intent (LOI) with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. As part of the agreements, Monolith expects to collaborate with Goodyear on the development and potential use of clean carbon black produced at its expanding Olive Creek facility in Hallam, Nebraska. Learn more.
  • Norican commits to Science-Based Targets Initiative. Norican’s leadership team, including representatives from DISA, ItalPresseGauss, StrikoWestofen and Wheelabrator, has signed its commitment letter to the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). Learn more.
  • Toyota Selects North Carolina Greensboro-Randolph Site for New U.S. Automotive Battery Plant. Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina and Mayor Filmore York of Liberty, North Carolina, joined Toyota Motor North America’s leaders to announce Greensboro-Randolph Megasite has been chosen as the location for Toyota’s new $1.29 billion automotive battery manufacturing plant, to be named, Toyota Battery Manufacturing, North Carolina (TBMNC). Learn more.
  • WHC presents 2021 Ibis Award to the Stellantis Windsor Assembly Plant. Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) has announced the winner of the 2021 Ibis Award — the Stellantis Windsor (Ont.) Assembly Plant. The Ibis Award recognizes a WHC-Certified program that has demonstrated resilience of spirit and advancement of conservation despite lockdowns, quarantines and additional government-mandated regulations. Learn more.
  • Automotive Industry Develops New Guidance for Measuring Recycled Content of Automotive Products. The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) and the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) announced the publication of a new guidance document, “Measuring Recycled Content of Automotive Products.” The guidance document was produced through a collaborative process by the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment’s (SP) Materials Efficiency Work Group. Learn more.

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