Saab & The Environment

Posted on 11. Dec, 2006 by in 2000-2009

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I found a very interesting breakdown of Saab’s “Design for Recycling” philosophy recently that I thought I would share with you.

Design for recycling

During the development of a new Saab, our engineers focus from the very outset on facilitating the recycling of the product and reducing the waste from end-of-life vehicles. To this end, there are a few guidelines that we keep in firm view:

• It should be easy to recycle a Saab in an environmentally sound way. The various fluids such as fuel, engine oil and coolant must be drained effectively. The components that need to be removed for environmental, health or safety reasons – such as the battery, tyres and oil filters – should be conveniently accessible. Pyrotechnical components such as airbags must also be able to be handled in a safe and environmentally suitable manner.

• In order to facilitate efficient recycling we try to use as few materials as possible in each part and give preference to materials that can be recycled together.

• All plastic and rubber parts are marked using international standards to ensure easy identification for recycling.

• Glass and larger plastic components such as bumper covers, spoilers and wheel housing panels should be easily removable so as to minimise the total dismantling time needed for each car.

In order to take these objectives into account during the development phase of a new product, all design teams within Saab must follow the “design for recycling” guidelines. The aim is to support both Saab engineers and suppliers in the product development, working to optimise the recyclability of new Saab products.

For more information on this, please visit http://www.saab.co.uk/main/GB/en/recycling.shtml

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