Decision-making in the automotive industry and its supply chain today involves not only the consideration of economic aspects, but also other criteria such as compliance with ecological requirements in the automotive branch. Directives regarding the recycling and disposal of old vehicles, product stewardship, marketing aspects, the trade-off between obligations and customer satisfaction and corporate environmental policies constitute the inclusion of these ecological criteria in the decision-making process.
The aim therefore is to practise an ecological end-of-life policy and to consider ecological interests in the early phases of the product development as well as in the context of the technical and economic decision parameters. Furthermore the automotive manufacturers consider today more and more the whole life cycle of their products in the scope of their environmental policy activities.
The LBP addresses the following main topics:
- Process analysis and optimisation
- Future technologies (e.g. electric mobility, lightweight design)
- Automotive life cycle engineering
- Design for Environment (DfE)
Since 1989, the Department Life Cycle Engineering, in co-operation with industry, has developed practical methods for life cycle engineering and Life Cycle Assessment. The adaptation of the methods to the user’s needs and facilitating the integration of these methods into the decision-making processes of the product development is the main objective.
In the context of these activities, the LBP and its co-operation partner thinkstep AG co-operate closely with large automobile manufacturers (e.g. Daimler AG, Volkswagen, GM, Renault, Audi and BMW) and their suppliers. In doing so, an extensive spectrum of knowledge and experience of balancing within the automotive industry could be gathered.