Computational intelligence company, Altair, has announced that its 2024 Altair Enlighten Award is now open for submissions. Presented annually in conjunction with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), the award honours sustainability and lightweighting advancements that reduce carbon footprint, mitigate water and energy consumption, and leverage material reuse and recycling efforts.

“The Enlighten Award puts the automotive industry’s finest achievements in sustainable technology on display, and we are thrilled to once again crown the latest and greatest technology available,” said James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer of Altair.

This year’s Enlighten Award features a new category, ‘Sustainable Computing’, sponsored by Google Cloud, which recognises the implementation of practices and technologies that prioritise sustainable measurement, optimising resource and energy efficiency, unlocking new opportunities for low-carbon transition, and building more sustainable and eco-friendly computing.

This year’s full category list is:

Sustainable Product: Recognises a production vehicle (or major system module) embracing emissions reduction, lightweighting, material circularity, and safety advances.

Sustainable Process: Recognises processes that enable emissions reductions, materials reuse and/or recycling, and water conservation during manufacturing or engineering phases.

Module Lightweighting: Recognises mass reduction of a vehicle module, subsystem, or component.

Enabling Technology: Recognises technology advancements that enable vehicle lightweighting, including a material, production process, design method, or joining technology.

Future of Lightweighting: Recognises a process, material, or technology not in production, but has significant potential to advance vehicle lightweighting.

Responsible AI: Recognises responsible AI deployment throughout the automotive value chain – from design, engineering and operation, to production and in-service use.

Sustainable Computing: Recognises implementing practices and technologies that prioritise energy efficiency, renewable energy use, reducing environmental impact, and contributing to more sustainable and eco-friendly computing.

Past winners of the Enlighten Award include GM, Ford, Stellantis, Harley-Davidson, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Ferrari, JLR, Mercedes, BMW, SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW), and many more.

To learn more about the Enlighten Award or to submit an entry, visit Entries must be received by 31st May, 2024.

Final judging will occur in late June and the winners will be announced during an award ceremony on 6th August, 2024 at the annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars (MBS).