Overview of life-cycle assessment studies in the automotive sector
Regulations and schemes have been progressively put in place that address environmental issues regarding products (eg rate of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions per car during the painting phase, rate of CO emissions at the exhaust pipe of cars, etc). Private cars, light and heavy duty lorries have been under increasing public scrutiny due to their alleged environmental impacts. Tools are needed to assess as scientifically as possible the real environmental impacts of products. By providing an unbiased analysis of entire industrial systems associated with products, life cycle assessment (LCA), whose methodology is being standardized at the international level (ISO CD 14040 and 14041), belongs to that category of tools. In order to get a clear overview of the existing and on-going LCA studies in the automotive sector, the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), has commissioned from Ecobilan (consultancy company leader in the field) this through literature review of LCA studies in this sector. This search has been done at a European scale. In addition, any non European study for which Ecobilan happened to get information has been mentioned.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17674 EN (1996) 47pp., FS, free of charge
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Record Number: 199711402 / Last updated on: 1997-10-27
Original language: en
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