TranSensus LCA

Towards a European-Wide Harmonised Transport Specific LCA Approach

Background & Description: 


For the transformation of our transport system to climate-neutrality, the reliable and comparable assessment of the environmental footprint of different solutions and technologies becomes essential.Although all stakeholders already recognise the importance of life cycle assessment, the transport sector is still struggling to adopt LCA, SLCA & LCC approaches. As outlined in the 2Zero SRIA; standardised and comparable results are still lacking due to limitations in accessing and managing real life data or applying non-harmonized, non-coherent methods, tools and system boundaries, to name some.Within this context, considering upcoming technologies leveraging emission reduction strategies, circular economy targets as well as social aspects poses significant challenges for making the best choice in terms of sustainability as an integral part of product development and mobility solutions. Consequently, TranSensus LCA aims to pave the way towards a commonly accepted and applied single LCA approach for zero emission road transport.Eight objectives have been defined, directly addressing the scope of the call and along which the TranSensus LCA coordination and support measures are oriented. TranSensus LCA will consider the battery value chain, the full vehicle (passenger and commercial vehicles ,for the latter including fuel cells technologies) as well as relevant mobility scenarios over the full life cycle(i.e., cradle to cradle).


Main Objectives: 

  • Conceptualise and demonstrate a single ,European wide real data LCA approach for zero emission road transport, ensuring consistency, robustness, transparency and confidentiality needs.
  • Harmonisation of methodologies, tools and datasets
  • Elaborate on ontology and framework for a European wide LCI database
  • Conceptualise LCI data management and update along the life cycle and along supply chain.
  • Paving the way for LCA based product and business development
  • Consensus building across all stakeholders
  • Defining and providing recommendations and guidelines for the fast uptake of a single LCA approach
  • Identifying synergies and transfer potential towards non-road applications.
Project Partners
  • Coordinator: Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
  • Beneficiaries: Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, Comissariat à l’énargie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, Ecoinvent Association, Electricité de France,  Universiteit Gent, Universiteit Leiden, Northvolt AB, Renault,  Ricardo-AEA Limited, Rheinisch-Westfälisch Technische Hochschule Aachen, Scania, Sphera, IVL Svenska Miljoeinstitutet AB,  Technische Universität Braunschweig, Umicore, Universite de Bordeaux, Volkswagen AG,  Valeo,  STMicroelectronics SA
  •  Industry Advisory Board: AVL,  CLEPA,  CRF(Stellantis),  EURIC,  ERTICO,  Ford,  IVECO,  PSA(Stellantis),  RECHARGE, Siemens, Smart Freight Centre,  TME,  Volvo Technology,  Everledger,  ACC,  EMIRI,  EPoSS,  Hydro, Hyundai,  tkse,  EPDA
  • Scientific Advisory Board: ECTRI,  Europ.Lithium Inst.,  IFPEN,  Oko-Insitut,  Tecnalia,  University of Dublin,  Unifi,  EARPA,  EIT Raw Materials,  JRC(ISPRA/Petten),  Joanneum Research,  KTH Stockholm,  TU Berlin,  WBSCD,  VTT

Administrative Details:

  • Project Duration: 01 January 2023 – 30 June 2025 
  • Call: HORIZON-CL5-2021-D5-01-04
  • Total Budget: 3675176.25 €


Davis Jose M.Sc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Email: