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The life cycle approach at Volkswagen

  • Jens Warsen
  • Stephan Krinke
Cover Story Life Cycle Assessments

Although reduced fuel consumption is an important priority, it is just one side of a larger coin. Environmentally sustainable vehicle development is a comprehensive task that demands a holistic approach. From the outset, appropriate tools must be made available. For Volkswagen, the tool of choice is the life cycle assessment. This assessment of the entire product life cycle focuses on more than just driving emissions, thus helping the company to achieve the environmental targets that it has set itself.


The car industry is facing new challenges. It must not only make its cars ever more comfortable, faster and safer, but must at the same time improve their environmental performance. In the past, this was usually achieved by reductions in fuel consumption (and, correspondingly, emissions) during the service life of the vehicle.

Today, reduced vehicle emissions and fuel consumption remain an important priority. However, the development of sustainable mobility requires a more...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jens Warsen
    • 1
  • Stephan Krinke
    • 1
  1. 1.Volkswagen Group ResearchWolfsburgGermany

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