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Working Group 1

Study on the carbon footprint of the automotive aftermarket value chain

What is the carbon footprint of the automotive aftermarket value chain, from the extraction and processing of raw materials to the installation of components in vehicles at a local garage?

When is it more sustainable for a consumer to repair its vehicle, and when does it get more environmentally friendly to replace it with a newer one?

These are the two main questions that the FAAS WG1 aims to respond to within the scope of its activities. Under the guidance and oversight of the working group members, the two modules of the soon-to-be-performed study aim to provide a broad and clear overview of the environmental impact and contributions of the automotive aftermarket sector. The valuable results will support the FAAS members in identifying the most prominent hotspots that need prioritisation, and will serve as a basis for the establishment of collaborations and synergies to address the inefficiencies.

We truly believe that a sustainable aftermarket should be built on knowledge and accountability. This exercise is the first crucial step to get there.

Have a look at the scope of work below:

Carbon footprint of the aftermarket value chain

  • Assessment of the carbon emissions in the aftermarket production (cradle-to-workshop)
  • Assessment of both ICE, Hybrid, and BEV components and aftermarket share today and in the future
  • Assessment of logistics from distributor to garage and from supplier to distributor
  • Market forecast for different product categories
  • Comparison of a linear value chain vs. remanufacturing value chain
  • Focus on the most replaced parts in the aftermarket

Repairing vs. replacing a vehicle

  • Development of a model to assess and compare the overall carbon footprint of repairing a vehicle over time vs. replacing it with a newer one
  • Differentiation of cases and scenarios based on class of emissions, age of the vehicle, and powertrain technologies
  • Assessment of the expected lifetime of a vehicle until which repair and maintenance is more efficient than replacement with a newer vehicle

For more information, please contact umberto.fassero@faasforum.eu


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