Brussels, 5 September 2017 – The European Steel Association (EUROFER) is calling on the European Commission to integrate ‘life cycle thinking’ into regulations for vehicle CO2 emissions post-2020. The Commission is due to publish its draft proposals towards the end of 2017, which will include CO2 limits for vehicles up to 2030.
“The current design of vehicle CO2 regulations is focussed only on tailpipe emissions that occur during the use phase. This fails to consider the increasingly significant emissions from the production and end-of-life phases,” said Axel Eggert, Director General of EUROFER.
“There is the real possibility that this will create an incentive for emissions to be shifted from the use phase to the production phase. This is because of the use of materials and CO2-reduction technologies that are more emissions-intensive during production. This burden shift could have the unintended consequence of undermining the CO2 reductions achieved in the use phase”, said Mr Eggert.
EUROFER has been working with WorldAutoSteel over several years to investigate how Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) can be integrated into automotive regulations in a robust and simplified way.
“With the help of research conducted by Technical University of Berlin, we have identified that the voluntary use of LCA, combined with a CO2 credit, is the most pragmatic and acceptable approach for the introduction of life cycle thinking into the regulation. This will help assess the environmental performance of vehicles in a more holistic way”, added Mr Eggert.
EUROFER will be presenting these findings at an upcoming Transport & Environment (T&E) conference, taking place on 6 September 2017.
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EUROFER’s LCA expert, Dr Nicholas Avery, is due to present the policy research findings at NGO Transport and Environment’s (T&E) conference titled “Shift up a Gear” to be held at Cercle de Lorraine, Brussels on 6 September. More information can be found: here
In addition, the Technical University of Berlin research will also feature in the proceeding of the Life Cycle Management Conference 2017, 3-6 September, 2017, Luxembourg. More information can be found: here
Further details on the issue of burden shifting, life cycle emissions and voluntary LCA credits options can be found: here
EUROFER is located in Brussels and was founded in 1976. It represents the entirety of steel production in the European Union. EUROFER members are steel companies and national steel federations throughout the EU. The major steel companies and national steel federations in Switzerland and Turkey are associate members.
The European steel industry is a world leader in innovation and environmental sustainability. It has a turnover of around €170 billion and directly employs 320,000 highly-skilled people, producing on average 170 million tonnes of steel per year. More than 500 steel production sites across 22 EU Member States provide direct and indirect employment to millions more European citizens. Closely integrated with Europe’s manufacturing and construction industries, steel is the backbone for development, growth and employment in Europe.
Steel is the most versatile industrial material in the world. The thousands of different grades and types of steel developed by the industry make the modern world possible. Steel is 100% recyclable and therefore is a fundamental part of the circular economy. As a basic engineering material, steel is also an essential factor in the development and deployment of innovative, CO2-mitigating technologies, improving resource efficiency and fostering sustainable development in Europe.