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Not to anyone's surprise, Porsche like BMW with their i3 is also going with a carbon-neutral production facility. Although a great move that will make us and Porsche themselves feel guilt-free I see it as a way to stay one step ahead of regulators that will be putting pressure on "dirty" production facilities. Ultimately this will save Porsche money and in fact might be getting them funding from the local government for this exact move. Porsche's rosy explanation of this can be found below in a press release they sent out...

The facade elements are made of aluminium coated with titanium dioxide. The coating acts as a catalyst and breaks down the absorbed pollutant particles into the harmless substances water and nitrate when exposed to sunlight and with only low air humidity. In a first pilot project, Porsche is testing the NOx-absorbing high-tech facade on an area of 126 square metres. This design already performs the work of ten trees on an area with a size of just ten parking spaces. “If the evaluation of the results confirms our expectations, nothing stands in the way of using nitrogen oxide-absorbing surface technology on other buildings and surfaces,” says Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG.

“Sustainability is a big picture that is made up of many individual elements,” explains Albrecht Reimold. “We are therefore continuously thinking about the measures that we can implement to ensure greater sustainability in our actions – throughout the entire value chain.” A new factory is currently being built at the Porsche headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen for the first electric Porsche, which will make its debut towards the end of the year. Production of the Porsche Taycan will be CO2-neutral. “We are consistently pursuing our objective of sports car production completely without any ecological footprint,” continues Albrecht Reimold.

Porsche therefore pays great attention to sustainability when it comes to construction of new buildings and production facilities. The fact that the sports car manufacturer does this successfully has already been recognised several times by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The latest award – for construction of the new engine plant in which the electric drive of the Porsche Taycan will be produced – was deemed worthy of “Platinum” status by the respected technical jury.
 

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Good to see Porsche taking these kinds of steps for their manufacturing facilities. One thing that a lot of people fail to realize is just how harmful it is to actually produce these environmentally friendly vehicles.
 

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Good to see Porsche taking these kinds of steps for their manufacturing facilities. One thing that a lot of people fail to realize is just how harmful it is to actually produce these environmentally friendly vehicles.
Its very much part of the UN's agenda which is a very positive step forward. Production plants are some of the biggest polluters in the world and we can't keep going like this.

take it from the UN:

Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.

At the current time, material consumption of natural resources is increasing, particularly within Eastern Asia. Countries are also continuing to address challenges regarding air, water and soil pollution.

Since sustainable consumption and production aims at “doing more and better with less,” net welfare gains from economic activities can increase by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole life cycle, while increasing quality of life. There also needs to be significant focus on operating on supply chain, involving everyone from producer to final consumer. This includes educating consumers on sustainable consumption and lifestyles, providing them with adequate information through standards and labels and engaging in sustainable public procurement, among others.
 

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Porsche should also consider battery refurbishment programs. Not suggesting that there will be any issues early on, but its a great way to reduce electronic waste and keep older EV's on the road.
 

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Porsche should also consider battery refurbishment programs. Not suggesting that there will be any issues early on, but its a great way to reduce electronic waste and keep older EV's on the road.
I think that actually creates a market on its own for smaller companies to come along, buy those older batteries and use in other applications.

Nissan has been on it for some time already in Japan, so we should see this trend continue

The old Leaf battery packs will be inspected and refurbished as required to replace defective cells and modules by 4R Energy Corp, a joint venture between the carmaker and giant Japanese trading company Sumitomo.

While used electric-car batteries are expected to hold value on the secondary market for energy storage and other uses, Nissan has a different goal in mind.

In a statement, the company said that by reclaiming and refurbishing used battery packs, it can not only lower the cost of battery replacements but also "heighten the used-car value of electric vehicles."

That will, the company said, make owning electric cars more appealing and lead to greater sales for the zero-emission vehicles that will reduce carbon-dioxide emissions associated with personal transportation.
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1116042_nissan-leaf-refurbished-batteries-offered-for-older-electric-cars-in-japan
 

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I agree that battery recycling has a long way to go and there are plenty of opportunities for them to be reused as power sources in different applications. Whether this be in charging stations, subdivisions or public buildings. We need to take steps to counteract the additional grid strain that comes with all these new EV's.
 
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