Fuel consumption, heavy in Life cycle analysis

I frequently get questions from customers, authorities and students about life cycle data for our buses. Since some time we calculate LCA data for new models.
The Life cycle data is used to present an environmental product declaration (EPD):
http://www.volvo.com/vce/vebiz2webauthor/sharepoint/docfetch.aspx?docID=90&listID=a560d670-9b7a-40ff-845b-f34973fc7493&area=VolvoCom+Volvo+Group

Evidently, the fuel consumption of the bus is the single most important factor influencing the environmental load. With Euro IV the impact of emissions decreased considerably.

 
We feel that the EPD confirms that our strive to a market leading position in bus and coach fuel economy, also strengthen our core value environment.
 
In addition, Volvo Truck Corporation displays an efficient tool for calculating the environmental load for transportation of goods. It is also very usefull for understanding the factors influencing the environmental load:
http://www.volvo.com/trucks/global/en-gb/aboutus/environmental_care/Environmental_Product_Declaration/epd_calculator.htm 

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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