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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Meet Decision Makers From:

  • Automotive OEMs
  • Tier 1 and 2 Suppliers
  • Engineering Consultancies
  • Advanced/Sustainable Material Manufacturers
  • Software Solutions
  • Blockchain Solutions
  • Recycling & Reuse Companies

With The Following Job Titles:

SVP, VP, Chief, Principal, Director, Head, Manager, General Manager of -

  • Life Cycle, Life Cycle Analysis, LCA/Life Cycle Assessment
  • Sustainability / Sustainable
  • Environment / Environmental
  • Circular Economy
  • Remanufacturing
  • Renewable
  • Natural Fibres / Biomaterials
  • Decarbonisation
  • Recycling / Recyclability
  • ESG / Environmental, Social & Governance
  • Government/Governance/Regulatory/Regulation
  • HSE / EHS / Environmental Health & Safety

Heads, VPs, Directors of:

  • Supply Chain
  • Procurement

Agenda

 

 

DAY 1 – 13 July 2022

ACHIEVING DECARBONIZATION TARGETS & SIMPLIFYING LCA CALCULATIONS

Strategies For OEMS & The Tier 1 – 3 Supply Chain

 

Strategies To Achieve Carbon Neutral Targets For The Whole Vehicle Across The Entire Life Cycle

08:45 Chair’s Opening Remarks 

 

KEYNOTE SENIOR-LEVEL DECISION-MAKER PANEL - HOW TO ACHIEVE DECARBONISATION GOALS AND TARGETS

Strategic Level Action Plans, From OEMS & The Supply Chain, On Achieving Carbon Neutrality For The Whole Vehicle Throughout The Entire Life Cycle

Opening the session with three strategic perspectives on OEM action plans for achieving decarbonisation targets and goals and how the supply chain can align with these initiatives. Although the sessions will focus on concrete actions, the Q&A session is more geared towards comparing different view-points to promote more blue sky thinking and innovation for the whole automotive industry to achieve these targets.

 

DECARBONISATION THEORY INTO PRACTICE

Todays Roadmap On Aligning OEM Carbon Reduction Strategies & Partnering With The Tier 1-3 Supply Chain To Achieve Decarbonization Targets (20 minutes)

Dr Wulf-Peter Schmidt, Director Sustainability, Advanced Regulation & Product Conformity, Ford Europe

 

SUSTAINABILITY & CO2 TARGETS:

Examining BMW’s Climate Strategy & Focus On The Circular Economy (20 minutes)

Irene Feige, Head of Circular Economy and Product Sustainability, BMW Group

 

CARBON PRICING

Putting A Price On Carbon Emissions To Drive Future Decision Making On Sustainability Projects & Co2 Adjusted Profitability (20 minutes)

 

CARBON NEUTRAL COMPENSATION PROJECTS

Evaluating The Full Range Of Possibilities To Compensate/Offset Remaining Vehicle Emissions (20 minutes)

  • Examining the latest alternative compensation projects, including the latest developments in carbon capture & storage (CCS), solar, wind, and reforestation  

 

09:45 Curated Extended Questions & Discussion – Blue Sky Thinking On How To Innovate To Achieve Carbon Reduction Targets & Goals

Panellist: Elizabeth Fretheim, Global Head of ESG, Nikola Motor Company

and

Lars Eiermann, VP, Global Head of Product Compliance, Homologation & Environment, MAN Truck & Bus SE

10:15 Morning Refreshment Break, Online Networking & Sponsor Audio Interview 

 

Comparing The Merits Of The Latest LCA Methodologies, & Tools, To Determine Opportunities To Simplify & Standardize Calculations For The Whole Industry

 

PANEL - CLARIFYING LCA CALCULATIONS WORLDWIDE

10:45 Guidelines For Comparing The Interpretation Of Leading LCA Methodologies Worldwide

ISO 14040:2006 covers life cycle assessment (LCA) studies and life cycle inventory (LCI) studies. It does not describe the LCA technique in detail, nor does it specify methodologies for the individual phases of the LCA. This extended panel aims to clarify the strengths and weaknesses of competing LCA methodologies adopted by OEMs and the supply chain.  How can the industry standardise the calculation to get everyone on board?  Which existing initiatives could potentially be standardised?

 

SIMPLIFYING LCA IN EUROPE

Examining Opportunities To Simplify The Interpretation Of ISO 14040 To Make The Calculations More Consistent & Easier To Apply (20 minutes)

Dr Wulf-Peter Schmidt, Director Sustainability, Advanced Regulation & Product Conformity, Ford Europe

 

LCA TOOLS AND DATABASES

Comparing The Merits Of Different Tools, Databases & Approaches For LCA Calculations Including GABI, IMDS & Supplier Data Utilization (20 minutes)  

 

CLARIFYING LCA METHODOLOGIES IN THE USA

Clarifying The Boundaries, Inputs & Key Preferences Required For Automotive LCA Calculations In The United States (20 minutes)

 

LCA FOR LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES

Developing Life Cycle Assessment Tools For Lithium-Ion Batteries (20 minutes)

Stuart Coles, Reader - Sustainable Materials & Manufacturing, University of Warwick

 

THREE SUPPLY CHAIN PERSPECTIVES ON UNIFYING LCA METHODS

Practical, Pragmatic Solutions For Defining A Standard Methodology For Interpreting LCA Standards

(3 x 6-minute short visionary snapshot presentations)

 

PRESENTATION FOLLOWED BY CURATED Q&A

A Summary Comparing The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Competing LCA Methodologies Worldwide & Examining Opportunities For Standardization (10 minutes)

Curated Questions & Discussion “Evaluating Opportunities To Standardize LCA Calculations” (30 minutes)

Panellist: Nick Santero, Lead for Design for Sustainability, Rivian

and

Lina Kindermann, Lead Engineer for LCA, MAN Truck & Bus SE

A critical output from the discussion will be to create a list of 20 – 50 key areas of interpretation, prioritised for standardisation, circulated to all attendees post-event. 

The above presentations will consider the following interlocking factors of the LCA calculation. How can the industry compare “apples to apples” for a more consistent approach and level playing field

 

Stages Of The Life Cycle

Boundaries Of The Calculation

Which Methods And Software Tools?

Raw Materials Extraction & Manufacturing

Inputs of the co2 emissions

Handling different data-sets

Vehicle Components & Battery Manufacturing

Guidelines on when co2 can or cannot be ignored (less than 1%?)

Simplifying LCA interpretation – so what does that mean in practice?

Fuel Cycle Energy Use

Global boundary considerations

How to get suppliers onboard

End Of Life Recycling & Disposal

Interpreting generic standards

What could be standardized?

 

12:40 – 14.00 Lunch Break Utilizing The Networking Functionality Of The Platform

During the lunch break, attendees can reach out to contacts and set up meetings informally or attend one of two workshops/facilitated networking sessions. We understand that many of you have a tight schedule and would rather listen to  actual presentations during the lunch break, so we have two additional options for lunch. 

 

OPTION A Please note at 12:45, there will be a 60-minute workshop session designed specifically for tier 1 – 3 suppliers on:

A Practical Step By Step Guide, For The Tier 1 – 3 Supply Chain, On How To Complete A LCA Calculation

In this session, Sphera will provide an overview of LCA and its general principles, as well as relevant standards, the data you’ll need, and the tools and databases that will support your LCA efforts. The session will also explain why suppliers should care about LCA and what is on the horizon for LCA methodology development in Europe.

The session will help you understand what to focus on when looking at the calculation of LCA in an automotive context. The conclusion will feature an open discussion on the challenges related to LCA calculation, and audience members will be invited to ask questions and share their experiences.

Facilitator: Stefan Kupferschmid, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Sphera

OPTION B Simultaneously, there will also be a separate in-depth lunch-time presentation option for 60 minutes on  Comparing The LCA Of Fuel Cells, BEV Battery Technology & The Latest Developments In Synthetic Fuels

 

ROADMAPS FOR DECARBONIZING METAL & PLASTICS

Focusing On Green Steel, Carbon Neutral Aluminum & All Forms Of Plastics

 

PANEL GREEN STEEL – STRIVING FOR ZERO CARBON EMISSIONS IN STEEL PRODUCTION 

14:00 Advancements In Cost-Competitive Technologies To Make The Transition From Low Emissions Steel To Zero Carbon “Green Steel”

Steel has the most decarbonisation potential because it makes up the most significant part of most mass-market vehicles. So-called “green steel”, made using hydrogen rather than coal, represents a significant opportunity for automotive OEMs. As do additional innovative technologies to manufacture low carbon steel in the mid-term at low cost.

 

THE STRATEGIC ROADMAP ON GREEN STEEL LONG TERM

Making The Transition From Low-Emissions Steel To Scaling Up Zero Carbon Green Steel – Implications For European OEMs & The Supply Chain (25 minutes)

Marc Delobelle, Head of Fossil-Free Materials Purchasing, Volvo Group

 

TECHNOLOGIES TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS OF EXISTING PRODUCTION FACILITIES

Innovative Technologies To Reduce The Carbon Footprint Of Steel In The Mid Term At Low Cost (25 minutes)

The ultimate goal is to replace fossil fuels in DRI process using renewable energy or H2. The above case studies will also refer to the following technologies for decarbonizing steel production in the mid-term to more immediately improve the carbon footprint of one of your largest materials    

 

                   GREEN STEEL                                                           MEDIUM DECARBONIZATION STRATEGIES

Replace Fossil Fuels In DRI With Renewable Energy

Cost Competitive Technology To Melt More Scrap In Electric Arc Furnace

Capture & Store co2 From Steelmaking Process, Inject As Fuel In Other Process

Replace Fossil Fuels In DRI With H2

Using Biomass As An Alternative Fuel

Improve Efficiency Of Basic Oxygen Furnace

 

14:50 Curated Questions & Discussion – One key question for the Q&A – how can OEMs reconcile the potential contradictions between focusing on the carbon footprint of metal versus its recycled content?

15:10 American Steel Industry Sustainability:  Now and in the Future

As steel is the largest share by weight in today’s vehicles, the steel industry has a key role to play in an automotive company’s sustainability strategy. The American steel industry has been striving to transparently document and reduce environmental impacts for decades. It continues to actively work on strategies to not only reduce its own impacts, but also to further improve the environmental performance of steel-containing products. This presentation strives to provide clarity about key sustainability concepts and the role of material suppliers, as well as details on the American steel industry’s current sustainability performance and the path ahead.

  • Describe the vehicle life cycle and the role of steel
  • Clarify concepts, such as scope 1-3 GHG emissions, LCA, and circularity
  • Discuss life cycle inventory data, how it is collected and used, and what it represents
  • Present details of today’s sustainability performance for the American steel industry and how we got here
  • Describe current steel producer initiatives and the path forward to decarbonization

Brandie M. Sebastian, Senior Director, Sustainability, Energy and Environment, American Iron and Steel Institute

15:35 Questions & Discussion

MAKING THE TRANSITION TO NET-ZERO ALUMINUM

15:45 Low-Cost Decarbonisation Of Aluminium For The Automotive Industry, Enabled By Renewable Energy & New Technology

  • Net Zero Primary Aluminum
    • Evaluate opportunities for sourcing cost-competitive net-zero aluminium
    • Comparing production costs of net-zero aluminium, versus business-as-usual aluminium 
    • Technologies to enable low-cost decarbonization including renewable energies and capturing emissions when carbon anodes break down
  • Technologies For Decarbonizing Aluminum Recycling
    • Reducing emissions through improving scrap metal collection and processing 
    • Running furnaces on clean fuels including hydrogen, renewable energy, biofuels or use carbon capture to capture with fossil fuels  
  • Realistic timescales and roll out plans

 

16:10 Questions & Discussion

16:20 Aluminium - Recycling, Recycled Content and Footprint of Scraps

Aluminium is a permanent material, it can be reused infinitely without losing its characteristics.  Aluminium has always been recycled where possible, however often waste from production is remelted and resold as recycled. Which is good, however today we need to more look into eliminating waste and reusing old materials. Reusing post-consumer aluminium scrap bears a very small carbon footprint and allow to substitute the extraction of virgin raw materials. There are today different approaches to calculating carbon footprint of recycled materials. What is important to understand about the different methodologies and how to ensure that the use of recycled can contribute to cut emissions.

Jean Marc Moulin, Sustainability Director – Hydro Extrusions, Hydro

 

16:40 Questions & Discussion

16:50 Afternoon Refreshment Break And Online Networking

 

Comparing Leading Edge Technologies For Decarbonizing The Tier 1 – Tier 3 Supply Chain

 

PANEL

17:20 Transforming The Supply Chain To Decarbonize The Whole Vehicle – Identifying Natural, Non-Petroleum-Based Technologies To Eventually Replace Conventional Plastics, Composites, Foams, Solvents, & Coatings  

 

THE BIG PICTURE - WHAT’S POSSIBLE? WHAT’S REALISTIC?

Evaluating The Opportunity To Deploy New Transformative Technologies & Materials To Reduce Co2 Throughout The Entire Vehicle, Exterior, Interior & Drive Train (30 minutes)

 

APPLICATION OF LOW CARBON PLASTICS ALTERNATIVES

Comparing The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Competing Bio-Based Materials & Natural Fibre Technologies To Replace Plastics & Composites (20 minutes)

Deborah Mielewski, Technical Leader – Plastics Research, Ford Motor Company

 

SUSTAINABLE FOAMS

Comparing The latest Advancements In Sustainable Foams For Vehicle Interiors, Headliners & Seat Applications (20 minutes)

 

COATINGS AND SOLVENTS

Latest Advancements On Decarbonising Coatings & Solvents (20 minutes)

 

Panellist: Chris Brown, Director of Design for Sustainability, Rivian

18:50 Extended Questions & Discussion

19:20 Chair’s Closing Remarks & Close Of Day 1 

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