The life-cycle analysis (LCA) of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport fuels is burdened by complexity, and still has many issues to overcome before it may accurately used in regulatory approaches to those fuels. This was one of the key messages to come out of the IPIECA workshop held in Calgary, Canada, on September 14th, and kindly hosted by Nexen.
The workshop, which was organised by the Climate Change Working Group (CCWG), saw speakers from the Massachusettes Institute of Technology, University of California, Davis, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories amongst others. Topics covered included: the implications of tranport fuel LCA on climate policy; the hidden costs of energy; the economics of fuel carbon standards; and the implications of LCA on fuels regulation. In the afternoon, a select panel from the speakers discussed key questions surrounding the issue.
The CCWG will be producing a workshop summary brochure based on the proceedings, to be published in 2011. Until then, the programme and all of the presentations are available from the event webpage.