Lifecycle emissions and vehicle CO2 standards

January 22, 2022

Why an LCA approach is not feasible or necessary as part of the current review of the EU car & van CO2 standards

The latest discussions on the review of the EU car and van CO2 standards in both the Council and European Parliament have seen several stakeholders calling for the current tailpipe emissions approach (which sets CO2 target compliance against emissions measured from the vehicle exhaust) to be replaced with a lifecycle (LCA) one (which aims to count all emissions connected to the vehicle). There is a particularly strong push from the oil, gas, and some auto supplier industries to include fuels into the scope of the regulation. They claim this would be the first step in moving towards an LCA approach. This short note provides arguments and evidence on why this would not be feasible or desirable.

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