The 2023 CARES North American Technical Forum will take place October 19-20, 2023, in Detroit, Michigan. CARES (Conference on Automotive Research and Sustainability) was founded with the goal to create a platform where automotive manufacturers can discuss with their suppliers ways to achieve a sustainable manufacturing process.

Confirmed presenting companies include: Ascend Elements, Bain & Co., Durr, Era Environmental Management Solutions, Ford, Lyten, General Motors, Heartland, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Magna, Mercedes, Nissan, PPG, SAP, Stellantis, Suppliers Partnership for the Environment, Totalenergies, Toyota, and Veolia.

In its second year, the transdisciplinary forum will host over 400 professional attendees ranging from automotive professionals to sustainability advocates. The main themes will cover how to reduce the environmental impact of automotive production operations, reducing waste, utilizing sustainable materials, research and development of new green technologies for production, and better collaboration on carbon footprint data.

CARES 2023 will address two major categories:

•    Resource Sustainability

Resource sustainability aims to identify ways to further reduce the amount of energy used to improve the overall energy efficiency of automotive production. This includes finding sustainable sources for the raw materials used in car manufacturing, implementing renewable and recyclable materials, and reducing waste materials produced during manufacturing.

•    Data Empowerment

Data is increasingly important in helping to ensure the sustainability of automotive manufacturing and determine the ROI of sustainability initiatives.

Data Empowerment identifies data-driven approaches that allow for information to be gathered about the use of various resources, which can then be analyzed and acted upon. This includes services and solutions that provide quality, comparable, and transparent data of the emissions produced by suppliers and other parts of the supply chain. By understanding how emissions are generated and whether they are increasing or decreasing, automotive manufacturers can work on reducing emissions more efficiently.

CARES Technical Summit engages thought leaders, automotive industry frontrunners, social, cultural, and other leaders of society to shape global and regional automotive industry agendas. Progress is achieved by bringing together people from all aspects of the automotive production process who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.

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