Closing date of the survey: 28 March 2013

One of the challenges facing Europe's automotive industry is the sustainable use and management of natural resources and waste. Within the framework of the S_LIFE Project inaugurated in 2012, the founding consortium strives to identify ways and means to lift resource efficiency throughout the life cycle of the passenger vehicle.

As a link in the manufacturing chain of the automotive industry, we would ask you to answer a short set of questions on issues of paramount importance for current & future vehicle developments (about 10 min). The questionnaire below refers to challenges in your operational environment to resource efficiency, chief among which are recyclability and the recycling of materials.

We appreciate your willingness to participate.

1. Which of the following stakeholder groups does your company / organization belong to?
2. Why do you need to deal with issues of sustainability, recyclability or recycling of vehicles?
3. Please rate the importance of the following factors in designing your product(s).
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4. Where do you see the most important challenges for future vehicle development* strategies in relation to efficient use of raw materials (resource efficiency)?
(rate 1 for low impact/disagree and 5 for high impact/agree) * In the S_LIFE project we assume that modern vehicles are built differently to those now entering the EOL phase. (increased use of electronics, lightweight metals, high strength steel, aluminum, magnesium, polymers and plastic mixtures, high voltage batteries).
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5. In general terms, what are the chief barriers to including recycled contents?
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6. Please rate the current potential for resource efficiency improvements along the value chain.
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7. To what extent do the different material groups offer additional potential for higher recycling / use rates of recycled materials?
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8. To what extent do the different component groups offer additional market potential for remanufactured/used parts?
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9. In which area do you see a specific need for additional research to increase the re-use and recycling of vehicles / parts / materials?
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10. What actions would you propose to increase re-use and recycling of vehicles / parts contents?
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11. Currently, many used (old) vehicles are being exported outside the EU. What action would you propose to reduce the export rate and retain the products, i.e. the materials, within the EU?
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12. Can you suggest any measure the manufacturing chain might take to further improve the efficiency of resource consumption?
I want my company profile to be included in the database on the website:www.s-life-project.eu