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Lifecycle CO2e: Understanding Emissions Across Vehicle Segments and Policies


The environmental impacts of road transport extend well beyond the emissions of road vehicles at the tailpipe. With the increased electrification of road transport and the introduction of new renewable fuels, it’s vital to understand the lifecycle impacts involved in the production of energy/fuels for transport and in their manufacturing and disposal processes.

LowCVP has been at the forefront of exploring vehicle lifecycle CO2e emissions and has commissioned three past studies to strengthen understanding. The LowCVP will be partnering with the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) in this work. The project will also explore the wider lifecycle environmental impacts of different low carbon vehicles and fuels and how these can be measured, mitigated and developed into future policy. 


  • To understand the impacts of adjusting various assumptions in each stage of the vehicle lifecycle in terms of total CO2e emissions for different vehicle segments, powertrains and fuels
  • To examine how lifecycle thinking can be integrated in low carbon vehicle policy and into automotive manufacturing
  • To understand wider sustainability impacts associated with moving to a zero-emission transport system and how these can be managed. 

Actions & Outputs

  • This work will be informed through a desk-based analysis by LowCVP and sharing findings with members
  • LowCVP and APC will a hold a series of webinars to raise awareness of lifecycle environmental impacts beyond climate change related to zero emission vehicles and low carbon fuels 

Engagement is intended to take place across LowCVP working groups including FWG, PCWG, CVWG and BWG, and the APC’s National Networks.


July 2020 - March 2021

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Sophie Ogunbiyi, Manager, External Affairs, Toyota Motor Europe