Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Clearing Out Misconceptions on Auto Pollution

Similar to all other technology-based industries, the automotive industry has been charged of largely contributing to environmental pollution down from biohazardous or corrosive factory waste materials to a simple refrigerant leak in the AC Condenser to the outlaying gas emissions their autos are conveying to the neighborhood streets. While it is true that such gas emissions in heavily-trafficked and well-populated areas have immediate visible effects on the surroundings, the increased focus on caring for the environment has also lead to a massive proliferation of indoctrination of threats and hazards pointing to the automotive industry.

Making an auto involves several major decisions about the design of the auto, how it will be built, and how it will be sold. Managers must also coordinate factory production, purchase materials, and train workers—all within a budget. Marketing teams must then sell the auto and project returns on shareholder investments. New models are introduced yearly, but a single auto design can take several years to get from the drawing board to the showroom floor. A typical company will therefore have several new designs in various stages of development at any given time.

Auto manufacturers like Honda Motors are actually eager at providing ways to reduce auto pollution such as finding alternatives for the Freon to circulate in the Honda AC Condenser and are also discovering more ways to reduce gas emissions. And contrary to popular belief, indications of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization studies suggest that environmental risk of autos is way minimal as compared to organic waste’s contributions:

“Worldwide, livestock burps are responsible for 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions - more than produced from all forms of transport combined. Methane accounts for the bulk of ruminant green house gas emissions, one tonne of the gas has 25 times the global warming potential of the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide. Eight per cent of the energy expended by a ruminant's metabolism goes on producing methane. If livestock stopped making this gas, the energy saved could be diverted into making more meat.”

Researches and test drives are continuously being conducted around the world for these prototype autos in the hope of being able to create the most convenient, energy-saving, and environment-friendly automobiles. Meantime, automotive manufacturers encourage patrons to adapt proven easy pollution-reduction measures and cost-effective procedures, such as maintaining a healthy AC Condenser and having a regular oil tank checkup.
Author:Colleen Hensley


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