Corporate sustainability has grown in recent times in an effort to promote practices that reduce waste and protect the environment. Most corporates engage in various sustainable efforts in their corporate social responsibility (CSR) (Klettner, Clarke & Boersma, 2014). These strategies encompass not just economic sustainability but also social and environmental (Parnell, 2008). Corporates are challenged to develop innovative business models that encourage voluntary activities in social and environmental sustainability in a planned manner (Schaltegger, Lüdeke-Freund & Hansen, 2012). This not only takes care on the natural environment and societies where businesses operate but also have a positive effect on the business. Companies need a sustainable business case that strengthens the link between these sustainable activities and the business success (Schaltegger, et al., 2012). This paper will discuss sustainability for Siemens in the plan for fully automated sustainable electric car manufacturing in the article on April 18, this year as per: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/04/18/uniti-siemens-plan-fully-automated-sustainable-car-manufacturing/.
Uniti and Siemens Plan for Sustainable Car Manufacturing
There has been a recent push for sustainable sources of energy and for vehicles that do not rely on traditional sources of energy like gasoline but a new focus on other sources like electric, solar and others. Environmental bodies have renewed focus on technology that does not harm the environmental and thus reduce on carbon emissions to the environment. However, not many manufacturers of vehicles have gone green or embraced the green energy sources (Zart, 2017). Uniti and Siemens have thus partnered to build an automated and modern car production plant using Siemen’s PLM software. The software will enable virtual planning and thus no need for testing at the end of the production. This saves on the resources spent for the testing tasks thus making it cheaper.
This partnership in this facility hopes to deliver an electric car, L7e which is sustainable and not very expensive. The assembly line will simplify the process and reduce the time of manufacturing the electric vehicle while also reducing the carbon footprint. The facility will also use lighter but tougher materials than the conventional metals. The partnership will deliver a sustainable electric car which is also manufactured in a sustainable manner and it will be faster, at a large scale and requires lowers initial capital requirement.
The partnership between Siemens and the Swedish company Uniti will see the production of a highly efficient electric vehicle manufactured in a sustainable way. It will reduce cost of production while also protecting the environment from carbon emission from the traditional gasoline driven vehicles. The partnership will have achieved the sustainability goals of using new technology to produce sustainable products thus reducing waste while also protecting the environment.
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