Sabic Innovative Plastics: Environmental Responsibility Award
Sabic Innovative Plastics, Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands, has been honored with a 2009 Green Dot Award in Transportation for its pioneering work on the Hyundai QarmaQ Advanced Technology Demonstration Vehicle (ATDV). The company won second prize in the annual award program, which recognizes the products and services of environmentally responsible organizations. Sabic Innovative Plastics, which co-developed the QarmaQ with Hyundai Motor Company, incorporated next-generation composites and thermoplastics from its broad product portfolio throughout the vehicle to reduce weight and greenhouse gas emissions. The use of these materials in glazing, interior components, the Elastic Front pedestrian safety system, fenders and hood led to weight reductions of up to 60 kg versus traditional materials. According to an audit by GreenOrder, an environmental strategy firm based in New York, N.Y., this means the QarmaQ would require about 80 fewer liters of diesel per year, and would cut annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 200 kg.
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