Climate protection and mobility – an economic optimisation problem

Climate protection and mobility – an economic optimisation problem

Dr. David Bothe, Associate Director at Frontier’s Cologne office, delivered a keynote speech at the 7th International Engine Congress in Baden-Baden, Germany.

In his presentation David highlighted that the de-fossilisation of mobility and the deployment of different technologies needs to be approached as a system-wide optimisation task. A meaningful approach should consider all interfaces and interactions with other sectors simultaneously and avoid unnecessary constraints like sector-specific targets. David stated that a sustainable choice of technologies should therefore be based on a comprehensive cross-sectoral, global and intertemporal life-cycle analysis. He highlighted that:

  • using alternative fuels and PtX technologies is an integral part of the technology mix for de-fossilisation
  • all drive-train technologies could allow for GHG neutral mobility, however there should be analysis of the ones which lead to the highest net saving from cradle to grave (to cradle)
  • the continued use of existing infrastructure/fleet might have strong benefits compared to new 'greenfield' solutions
  • the value of mobility for climate protection, sustainability goals and economic welfare needs to be taken into account

David’s findings are partly based on an on-going study on behalf of the German Research Association for Combustion Engines (FVV), in which Frontier has been carrying out a meta-analysis assessing over 80 international life-cycle analyses with a focus on drive systems.

Frontier regularly advises on global energy transition and mobility.

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