We’ve often used our news section to speak of the importance of innovation and development in the motor trade, and of just how crucial making the correct appointments to motor industry jobs are in respect of this. A recently released report has provided some valuable information which allows us to give you an insight into one of the ways in which this is important. This is with regards to the environmental impact of the sector, and the work being done to reduce it.
There’s no hiding from the fact that any production based industry carries with it some form of environmental impact. The more successful it is then the bigger that impact will be. With the UK automotive sector being so very successful at this stage it would be reasonable to assume that, as a consequence, the impact would be significant. It will come as a pleasant relief to you to learn that, in the face of increased production levels, the UK automotive industry has worked to actually reduce the level of impact.
The 2015 environmental survey by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has shown an overall fall in the use of energy and water, as well as a significant reduction in the amount of waste generated. The year-to-year consolidated figures show that 0.1% less energy was used to make a single car than was the case in 2014, and further that water use was reduced by more than 7.5%. It was, however, in the reduction of waste where the most impressive figure was achieved, with waste to landfill sites reduced by nearly 25%.
Achieving this remarkable – and highly valuable – level of reduction would be impressive in a stagnant market. It is all the more of a credit to the industry that these figures have been attained despite a stark increase in production volumes.
One of the key factors in achieving this has been the appointment of staff dedicated to making a real difference. Motor trade recruitment has evolved to address every important aspect of the industry. We have been proud to have been at the forefront of this approach, and are delighted that our services have contributed to these magnificent environmental achievements.