Effects of integration of the electric mobility in the Italian energy sector: How to account for them in an LCA perspective

Benedetta Marmiroli, Giovanni Dotelli, Joeri Van Mierlo, Maarten Messagie

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Abstract

LCAs on electric mobility are providing a plethora of diverging results. The selection of the electricity mix used to recharge the vehicles has been proved to be a key aspect in determining the overall results. 26 articles published from 2008 to 2018 have been investigated to find the extent and the reason behind this deviation. The major cause of the diverging results has been identified in a lack of clear guidelines for the selection of the appropriate electricity mix. Marginal and averge electricity mixes are often used as a proxy for the development of either a consequential or an attributional LCA. According to our literature survey results, if the aim is to identify the consequences of a widespread introduction of electric vehicles, a larger system boundary has to be included (i.e. including the mutual effect of transportation on the power sector and viceversa). As a proof of concept, we modeled the effect of introducing a consistent amount of electric vehicles in the Italian fleet in 2030.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event31st International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition, EVS 2018 and International Electric Vehicle Technology Conference 2018, EVTeC 2018 - Kobe City, Japan
Duration: 30 Sep 20183 Oct 2018

Conference

Conference31st International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition, EVS 2018 and International Electric Vehicle Technology Conference 2018, EVTeC 2018
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityKobe City
Period30/09/183/10/18

Keywords

  • Attributional LCA
  • Consequential LCA
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Energy System Analysis
  • EnergyPLAN
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Vehicle-to-Grid

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