Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
For the transformation of our transport system towards climate-neutrality, the reliable and comparable assessment of the environmental footprint of different solutions and technologies becomes essential. Although all stakeholders already recognise the importance of life cycle assessment, the transport sector is still struggling to adopt LCA approaches. Standardised and comparable results are still lacking due to limitations in accessing and managing real-life data or applying non-harmonised, non-coherent methods, tools and system boundaries, to name some. Within this context, considering upcoming technologies leveraging emission reduction strategies, circular economy targets as well as social aspects poses significant challenges for making the best choice in terms of sustainability as an integral part of product development and mobility solutions. Consequently, TranSensus LCA aims to pave the way towards a commonly accepted and applied single LCA approach for zero-emission road transport. TranSensus LCA will consider the battery value chain, the full vehicle (passenger and commercial vehicles, for the latter including fuel cells technologies) as well as relevant mobility scenarios over the full life cycle (i.e., cradle to cradle). The focus of the IWF lies on the harmonisation of the goal and scope definition.