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by Melissa Moraes
The automotive industry has not traditionally had a major focus on sustainability. The assembly-line manufacturing process, which is still greatly in use today, uses a considerable amount of manpower, energy, metals, and water. This leaves behind a significant carbon footprint. With the pandemic, a light has been shed on many industries and what they are doing right and, more importantly, wrong to make the world more environmentally safe. One company trying to drive change in the automotive industry is OriginClear, a clean water innovation hub aiming to solve global issues we face today.
Riggs Eckelberry, CEO of OriginClear, shares, “One vital trend we see in the automotive industry is the increased efforts toward sustainability, particularly concerning water usage. Producing one car uses about 40,000 gallons of water, which is really alarming when you consider that in 2021 the US produced 1.6 million cars. And not to mention, water rates are skyrocketing.” In almost every stage of auto manufacturing, water is needed with the highest usage during the metal finishing, boiler feed, paint/coatings shops, and cooling tower makeup processes.
Leaders in the automotive industry are shifting gears. Both large and small companies are increasingly feeling the pressure to rethink how they operate. Eckelberry shares, “Luckily, more and more auto manufacturers are implementing water-saving practices and technologies, a trend which has resulted in a significant decrease in water usage over the last decade. But we must keep it going.” OriginClear’s Modular Water Systems™ division is already moving the dial in the auto industry.