Here’s something you don’t hear everyday: The government mandated push to limit CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy will very likely increase net CO2 emissions.
How is that possible? Aren’t regulations put in place in order to help, not harm? Generally, but by forcing automakers to turn to alternative light-weight materials like aluminum, magnesium and plastic that increase fuel economy at the cost of increasing life cycle greenhouse gas emissions, the opposite is achieved.
Jody Shaw, Manager-Automotive Marketing at U.S. Steel Corporation, talks about the benefits of steel from a life cycle assessment basis and why it’s a no-regrets material decision.