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TUV Nord Enviromental Certificate Given to Kia

TUV Nord, a independent technical Inspection organisation has issued an environmental certificate to Kia for out-standing Eco-credentials for three of its newest models.

The all new Cee’d hatchback, Optima hybrid saloon and refreshed Sorento SUV have all been certified according to the ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The inspection looks at the environmental impact of both the manufacturing process of the car throughout its lifetime. The choice of the materials, exhaust, emissions and recycling are also all taken into account.

The current generation Cee’d and also the previous Cee’d also received the ISO 14062 Design for Environmental (DfE) certificate. This certificate looks at the overall design of the product, measuring different eco-friendly factors including weight reduction, use of recyclable materials and fuel-efficiency.

The five major steps that Kia’s eco-friendly product process covers are:

  • Streamlining the manufacturing process, through improvements in use of materials and simplification of parts.
  • Use of eco-friendly materials
  • Detailed physical analysis of the product during the development process to verify re-cyclability.
  • Utilisation of 3D drawings at the design stage to help verify recyclability.
  • Application of a check-sheet to evaluate the vehicle’s environmental credentials throughout its lifecycle.

This system has helped Kia minimize there environmental footprint of there manufacturing process. An example of this, are this years ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) certificates were awarded following confirmation of decreases in CO2 emissions of between 6% and 25% from the manufacturing relevant models.

Soon-Nam Lee, Director of Overseas Marketing at Kia said “Since 2008, when the Cee’d was first certified, TUV Nord has recognised numerous new Kia models including the Picanto, Rio and Optima (non-hybrid) last year. We believe this ongoing recognition of Kia’s outstanding eco-friendliness will contribute to our rising brand image in Europe”.

Kia earned there first TUV Nord certificate in 2008 with there first generation Cee’d which brings the total number up to this year to 10.

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