Saab History Celebrates Earth Day's 40th Anniversary

Posted on 22. Apr, 2010 by in 2010-2019

Today marks Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary which began back on April 22nd, 1970 during the first phase of the environmental movement. That day began as a nationwide campaign focused on encouraging awareness of the change in the environment we all live in. Over 2,000 academic institutions, colleges and universities and over 10,000 elementary and secondary schools participated on that day.

The milestones that began shortly after that day due to public pressure to advance environmental action included:

That first phase of the environmental movement saw the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, the Clean Air Act amendments in 1970 to enforce national air quality standards, t he Clean Water Act of 1972 as well as the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and many more.

The Mid nineties saw a second phase in the environmental movement where we actually saw a more conscientious approach to recycling for consumers and the beginning of electric vehicles in the automotive industry.

Today, as we are well into the third environmental movement to protect the planet and ourselves, we are seeing a lot more aggressive movements all around the world, but of course the work is no where near over.

When it comes to Saab Automobile, they have a tall task at hand where all of their products within 15 years, need to be driving entirely off of sustainable energy sources that are not fossil fuels as mandated by the Swedish Government.

Let’s remember, Saab has been focusing on the environment during the first environmental movement in the seventies with their fully sustainable wind turbines and steam powered concept cars to electric Saab powered postal delivery vehicles.

As we know, the Swedish Government are very progressive when it comes to their focus on the environment and as a leader, it’s important for us to know that Saab is part of that movement with them.

If we can picture the future of the new Saab, one will realize that they no longer need to dream of fully electric vehicles like the ones that Boston-Power are cooperating with Saab on, as the early prototypes are slated to be ready by the end of this year. Today, we also see Saab Automobile’s facility in Trollhattan, Sweden fueled entirely by wood chips and that’s just the beginning to this new era of independence for the company when it comes to their sustainability priorities. We also should be able to see the increased flexibility that Saab will have with future partners that are serious about the environment unlike their previous parent. Even Saab’s large community of owners and enthusiasts are taking it upon themselves to re-engineer their older Saabs to become fully electric.

According to a recent dialogue with CEO Victor Muller of Spyker Cars, Saab’s new owner, there is a bright future ahead for Saab’s focus on the environment thanks to their vision and the recent EIB loan that was granted that ensures the funding to develop future sustainable products.

I leave you with a time line of Saab’s focus on the environment with real action, not concept cars, but actual progress.

The movement for a more “Sustainable Saab” is well underway.

1976 – As one of the first manufacturers to battle all three exhaust pollutants – unburned hydrocarbons, Carbon Monoxide, and Oxides of Nitrogen, Saab delivers vehicles with catalysts and the oxygen sensor-equipped Fuel-Injection Systems to the United States.

1983 – Asbestos-free brake pads and clutch surfaces for all Saab models are introduced.

1984 – Greater quantities of stainless steel are added to Saab exhaust systems. The greater durability offers less environmental stress.

1985 – Saab Maintenance intervals begin to be extended, resulting in less use of raw materials and demand on the environment.

1989 – Decrease of hazardous production materials by 50% – initiated without legal regulation.

1991 – Saab is the first manufacturer to actually unveil an environmentally-friendly air conditioning system at the Geneva Motor Show.

1991 – Saab Trionic system

1992 – Saab reduces maintenance services on all 9000 and 900 models in the interest of lessening hazardous waste products such as used oil and filters.

1995 – Saab introduces ecopower engines which is a system that ensures that the engine is running as cleanly and economically as possible, at all times.

2001 – Energy consumption cut by 25 percent over ten years. Saab now produces five Environmental Class 1 variants instead of only one.

2002 – No combustible materials will be dumped – everything will be sorted and recycled.

2003 – New contracts will be concluded only with suppliers who conform to the same environmental demands as Saab Automobile

2006 – Saab’s “designed for recycling” focus takes shape.

2007 – Saab urging progress in Bioethanol infrastructure

2007 – Saab leads alternative fuel vehicle segment

2010 – Reduced CO2 Emissions for 9-3 Convertible.

2010 – Saab Partnering with Boston-Power on fully electric vehicles

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