Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a universally recognized methodology aiming at quantifying the environmental impacts of a product or a process throughout its lifecycle. A specific LCA approach, called consequential LCA (C-LCA), is increasingly being developed and used to assess the environmental consequences of strategic policy actions affecting large scale systems and markets, from a decision-making support perspective.
In Luxembourg, policy actions related to electric mobility are of the highest importance and strategic for the fulfilment of CO2 reduction objectives. In order to cut its CO2 emissions by 20%, Luxembourg targets an introduction of 40,000 electric vehicles (EVs, corresponding to 10% of the vehicles’ fleet) by 2020. The specific situation of Luxembourg, which employs 150,000 daily cross-border commuters, raises additional issues related to the recharge and use of the electric vehicles. The multimodal dimension, with the personal use of electric vehicles combined with public transport, enlarges the scope of the analysis, both in terms of policy actions to be defined and evaluated and of simulation complexity.
The broad research question tackled by CONNECTING is how to assess the (positive and negative) environmental consequences of policy actions related to the future mobility challenges of society.
More specifically, considering the national specificities the main objective of CONNECTING focuses on proposing an operational approach for Consequential LCA (C-LCA) of mobility scenarios, rooted on the development of an integrated agent based-environmental assessment model for the specific case of Luxembourg’s cross-border commuters and their mode choice behaviour.
To reach its aim, the project will combine the knowledge and tools that have been developed by the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), and the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) and further develop them following a precise research strategy.
Further information is available on the LISER website https://www.liser.lu/?type=module&id=39&tmp=60