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MEMA Webinar on Life Cycle Analysis and Implications

Date: November 3, 2020

On Friday, November 6 at 10:00am Eastern, MEMA will be holding a webinar on life cycle analysis (LCA) and its potential implications on vehicle emissions policy and vehicle suppliers. Please register online to receive the link for the webinar. This research project is a result of discussions within the last year with the emissions working groups on LCA implications on vehicle suppliers and vehicle technology. Please see below for more detailed information on the webinar and background.

MEMA Webinar on Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) on Friday, November 6 at 10am
Ricardo Consulting, industry experts with experience in LCA work, will provide MEMA members with an overview of LCAs and their potential impact on suppliers. The European Union (EU) is considering using LCAs both as a policy tool and as a basis for emissions regulations. As a result, the use of LCAs could be coming soon to the U.S. Members need to understand the implications of LCA-based emission regulations and what using LCA as a policy tool means for their companies. Ricardo will also discuss how LCAs treat various technologies and powertrains depending on the model. 

The webinar will provide an overview of:
(1) How LCA based emissions regulation could impact supplier responsibility (i.e. energy use accounting, etc.);
(2) How LCAs generally treat certain technologies and powertrains;
(3) Who in the automotive industry and which agencies are using LCAs; and
(4) What are the different LCA models in common use?

Please be sure to register online. Call-in information will be set out to those who have registered prior to the webinar. This even is open to all MEMA members.

Background and Life Cycle Analysis Research Q&As:

What type of LCA research did MEMA conduct?
MEMA requested that Ricardo, industry experts with experience in LCA work, provide preliminary information to MEMA members that summarizes a literature review of LCA work and explains (1) how LCA based emissions regulation could impact supplier responsibility (i.e. energy use accounting, etc.) and (2) how LCAs generally treat certain technologies and powertrains.
We requested members help contribute to the Ricardo LCA research in order for MEMA to move forward with the research project.

Why did MEMA Proposing Research on LCA?
The EU is currently considering using LCAs as a policy tool and potentially LCA based emissions regulations. If the EU is currently considering using LCA as a policy tool or for LCA based emissions regulations, then LCAs influencing policy could be coming soon to California and then the rest of the U.S. Members need to understand what the implications of LCA based emission regulations or using LCA as a policy tool means for their companies and how LCAs can treat or favor certain technologies and powertrains depending on the model. 

This first research step is to help educate members on LCAs. This research will not be used for advocacy purposes. See next steps below.

How Does this Help MEMA and MEMA Members?
Members should be educated on what LCA means for certain technology and powertrain portfolios, how LCA based emissions regulation or LCA being used as a policy tool could impact members and what type of accounting burdens could be placed on suppliers.

What Could Be the Next Step on LCA?
The Ricardo LCA research report will be a first step and aims to educate members on LCAs and help members better understand LCAs, LCA models and their implications. Next, MEMA will have a policy discussion to determine what steps we want to take on LCAs, whether MEMA can support using an LCA as a policy tool, or whether we need a second research step to formulate an advocacy position on LCAs and their use in emissions policy (regulatory or legislative).

 

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