Resource consumption and the use of energy sources must be reduced for a sustainable society without lowering the standard of living in the process. Lightweight design will play an important role here, especially for the mobility sector. The relevant knowledge and the necessary technologies, including for recycling, are largely available and need to be industrialized. In the long term, the switch to renewable raw materials with natural fibers and biobased plastics offers the opportunity for sustainable production of complex lightweight materials. For European and German industry, this not only offers the opportunity to contribute to limiting climate change, but also to gain competitive advantages worldwide.
Read the CU position paper here.