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29 Aug 19

Coupling activity-based modelling and Life cycle assessment – A proof-of-concept study on cross-border commuting in Luxembourg.

Authors: BAUSTERT Paul, NAVARRETE GUTIÉRREZ Tomás, GIBON Thomas, CHION Laurent, MA Tai-Yu, LEITE MARIANTE Gabriel, KLEIN Sylvain, GERBER Philippe, BENETTO Enrico.

Online First: 27/07/2019

DOI: http://doi.org/10.3390/su11154067

Abstract:

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in 2010 the transport sector was responsible for 23% of the total energy-related CO2 emissions (6.7 GtCO2) worldwide. Policy makers in Luxembourg are well-aware of the challenges and are setting ambitious objectives at country level for the mid and long term. However, a framework to assess environmental impacts from a life cycle perspective on the scale of transport policy scenarios, rather than individual vehicles, is lacking. We present a novel framework linking activity-based modeling with life cycle assessment (LCA) and a proof-of-concept case study for the French cross-border commuters working in Luxembourg. Our framework allows for the evaluation of specific policies formulated on the trip level as well as aggregated evaluation of environmental impacts from a life cycle perspective. The results of our proof-of-concept-based case study suggest that only a combination of: (1) policy measures improving the speed and coverage of the public transport system; (2) policy measures fostering electric mobility; and (3) external factors such as de-carbonizing the electricity mix will allow to counteract the expected increase in impacts due to the increase of mobility needs of the growing commuting population in the long term.

Reference: BAUSTERT Paul, NAVARRETE GUTIÉRREZ Tomás, GIBON Thomas, CHION Laurent, MA Tai-Yu, LEITE MARIANTE Gabriel, KLEIN Sylvain, GERBER Philippe, BENETTO Enrico. Coupling activity-based modelling and Life cycle assessment – A proof-of-concept study on cross-border commuting in Luxembourg. Sustainability, 2019, vol. 11, n°15, 4067.

Keywords:
life cycle assessment,
activity-based modeling,
policy analysis,
sustainable mobility

Project: Consequential Life Cycle Assessment of multi-modal mobility policies - the case of Luxembourg

Linked publications
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GERBER Philippe, THÉRIAULT Marius, CARPENTIER Samuel, ENAUX Christophe.
In: Isabelle Pigeron-Piroth, Christian Wille (eds.) Les travailleurs frontaliers au Luxembourg et en Suisse : Emploi, Quotidien et Perceptions. Borders in perspective - UniGR-CBS cahier thématique 2/2019. Esch-sur-Alzette Université du Luxembourg, 2019, pp. 85-100.
GERBER Philippe, THÉRIAULT Marius, ENAUX Christophe, CARPENTIER Samuel.
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MARIANTE Gabriel Leite, MA Tai-Yu, VAN ACKER Veronique.
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