The holistic life cycle assessment caught between development targets, usage profiles and methodology
During the last decades there has been a growing debate in public and in policy about global warming and the influence of mankind on the environment due to increasing emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants resulting in an ongoing climate change and a degrading air quality especially within large cities. The importance of these issues is reflected by 197 nations participating in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and committing themselves to the protection of the environment and the struggle against climate change .
As the transportation sector is one of the major contributor to the emissions of greenhouse gases its importance within the public discussion grows. Figure 1 shows that this sector caused about 18% of the emissions of greenhouse gases in Germany in 2016 not least because of the growing demand for individual mobility. Therefore the pressure on the automotive industry via legislation has increased rapidly during the last years.
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