Communication to Policy Makers

Cars are changing the Climate

 

And regulators would like to change this.  There is overwhelming scientific evidence that anthropogenic climate change is real and is a threat to our welfare.

“Scientists know with virtual certainty that human activities are changing the composition of Earth’s atmosphere” and “increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations tend to warm the planet.”  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)

“In particular, transport remains a sector where emission reductions are urgently required but seem to be especially difficult to achieve. Emissions from transportation grew by 23.9 per cent from 1990 to 2004.”  United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC)

Cars are a significant source of GHG emissions. Tailpipe emissions of light duty vehicles alone are estimated to account for 10% of global CO2 emissions. Regulators around the world are addressing this challenge by setting progressive automotive GHG emission limits, fuel economy standards or a combination of both.

All significant current legislation focuses exclusively on ‘tailpipe’ or use-phase emissions, which we at WorldAutoSteel believe will create more issues in the future. WorldAutoSteel and its members believe that the better way to measure vehicle emissions is through a life cycle assessment (LCA). We have put together a great deal of data and information to communicate to you, as a regulator who faces this very difficult challenge of reducing vehicle emissions, in hopes that it will help you understand more about LCA and why we are so passionate about it. Click the download under Related Documents to obtain the full document including annotations.

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