Eurofer calls on EU to recognize the importance of life cycle
assessments (LCA) to determine the environmental footprint of products
The European Parliament as well as Environment Council are currently considering amendments to the regulation on CO2 emissions from new passenger cars.
EU legislation at present focuses only on the use phase of the vehicle
and on the emissions arising from burning fossil fuels during the life
of vehicle. Emissions in the production phase or benefits from recycling
are not covered in this â€˜tailpipe approach'.
LCA, by contrast, starts evaluation with the extraction of the raw
materials at the very beginning of the product-life and ends with
recycling or depositing at the end of the cycle. LCA also can avoid
mistakes in material selection and thus strengthen the position of the
use of steel in vehicle production.
Together with WorldAutoSteel â€“ the World Steels Association's
automotive group − Eurofer has developed a position paper to communicate
LCA among decision makers.
Contact: A.Eggert@eurofer.be www.worldautosteel.org