The Importance of Life Cycle Assessment in Evaluating the Environmental Performance of Future Electric Vehicles
Alissa Kendall, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis
Hanjiro Ambrose, Hitz Family Climate Fellow for the Clean Transportation Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
Most current policies encouraging adoption of zero emission vehicles focus on emissions from vehicle operation only, omitting significant contributions from vehicle production and other parts of the vehicle and energy life cycle. As EVs become more efficient, low-carbon electricity becomes more common, and the size of the global EV fleet increases, emissions from production and other non-operation parts of the life cycle become increasingly important. This webinar will present research on the impact of excluding life cycle emissions from ZEV policies.
About the Speaker
Professor Kendall’s research applies and advances the methods and perspectives of Industrial Ecology to understand and reduce the environmental effects of transport, civil infrastructure, energy, and agricultural systems. Specific research and teaching interests include life cycle assessment and other structured environmental assessment methods, and the development of new methods for carbon accounting.