SustainabilityMarch 15, 2024

6 sustainability stories for Global Recycling Day

Every year on March 18, the Global Recycling Foundation sets aside a day to recognize the importance of recycling for preserving our planet’s finite resources and tackling climate change. Here’s how some of our customers are contributing to building a sustainable future.
Avatar Rebecca Lambert

Did you know recycling saves over 700 million metric tons in carbon dioxide emissions per year? Reusing materials rather than dumping them in landfill sites or our oceans is not only good for reducing our reliance on the Earth’s natural resources but also plays a critical role in combating climate change. Often referred to as the “seventh resource,” recycled materials are essential to the circular economy. They supply 40% of the world’s raw material needs and will contribute US $400 billion to the global economy over the next 10 years.

On March 18, the Global Recycling Foundation celebrates Global Recycling Day 2024 to highlight the importance of recycling and the role it plays in contributing to an environmentally stable planet and a greener future. This year, the theme is #RecyclingHeroes, celebrating the people, businesses and activities that support the recycling effort.

With this in mind, here are some of our own customers that are doing their part to contribute to a more sustainable future:

ECCUS: Freeing up precious surface land

Targeted at the technology, energy, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and logistics industries, ECO-Caverne™ is an underground storage facility developed by Swiss design and build contractor ECCUS to free up surface land for more beneficial and sustainable uses. Instead of building huge data centers that take up thousands of square feet, ECCUS’s subterranean storage unit can be built under existing facilities. It also dispenses heat to reduce energy requirements in industrial buildings on the surface and serve local communities.

Discover how the ECCUS team is using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to bring its ECO-Caverne to life and create models of its customers’ sites, including terrain and GIS data. 

EVUM Motors: A sustainable mobility solution for everyone

The aCar from EVUM Motors is a new breed of modular electric utility vehicle designed for the mobility needs of rural populations. This electric 4×4 has a range of up to 200km and is powered by a 48V battery with solar panels on the roof to generate additional electricity. Its modular design makes it easy to outfit the aCar for different users, including tradesmen, vineyard workers and landscapers.

Learn about EVUM Motors taking advantage of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to manage all aspects of the product development lifecycle and is gearing up to produce its EV on an industrial scale from its manufacturing facility in Bayerbach, Germany.

Harbinger: Energy-efficient and cost-effective medium-duty trucks

Harbinger is the California-based startup behind a pioneering chassis for battery-electric Class 4 to Class 7 vehicles, such as delivery vans and school buses. Harbinger’s scalable chassis –– is designed to improve the driver experience, enhance performance and safety, and reduce running costs. To encourage widespread adoption, the medium-duty EV will be priced to compete with gas and diesel-powered trucks.

Find out how Harbinger developed its scalable chassis using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud.

Metsä Board: Greener, recyclable packaging

Finland-based paperboard company Metsä Board has earned a reputation as a frontrunner in sustainability. All of the wood fiber it uses comes from sustainably managed, certified or controlled northern forests, and is 100% traceable. The company takes advantage of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to improve the functionality, recyclability and brand impact of all the packaging it produces.

Read about Metsä Board using the platform’s virtual twin capabilities to test and verify its customers’ packaging solutions without having to make loads of physical prototypes.

NAAREA: From nuclear waste to clean, decarbonized energy

In France, NAAREA is developing XAMR® (eXtrasmall Advanced Modular Reactor), a pioneering micro nuclear power plant fueled by radioactive waste to generate abundant, carbon-free energy. To speed up development, the startup company is modeling, testing and validating the fast neutron micro reactor virtually first.

Discover more about NARREA using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud’s virtual twin capabilities to save on prototypes and manage all its design, engineering and manufacturing processes.

Pacific Consultants: Considered, sustainable infrastructure

Japanese civil engineering firm Pacific Consultants designs erosion control weirs to stop mud and landslides as well as infrastructure that contributes to the sustainable development of society. The company says its job is to consider the people who use the infrastructure and how it will impact their lives and the future.

Find out why Pacific consultants partnered with Dassault Systèmes and implemented the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to handle its processes more efficiently and accurately, and find more effective ways of capturing and sharing knowledge.

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