News: A Ciritical review of the the LCA of "Remanufacturing vs Repairing"
The Austrian Institute of Ecology's assessment of ITAS-ZTS's LCA study comparing repair and reman of automotive damage has been published verifying the exceptional benefits from reman.
Thursday, 10th June 2010
The studyThis item has been translated from the source material at the web-link on the left.
The Austrian Ecology Institute was entrusted by the Allianz Elementar Versicherungs-AG to write a critical review of the study "Remanufacturing instead of repairing" by the ITAS-ZTS from Karlsruhe with the three main conclusions:
- The study reflects the key ISO standards and is "state of the art".
- The study findings are plausible.
- The study results are equally valid for Austria.
For the publication of an LCA in accordance with ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 a critical review of an independent expert is always needed. This LCA study on the repair of the Allianz Center for Technology proves:
- Repair is often not only cheaper but also more ecological sense than to replace the parts.
- Gentle repair techniques can be saved 370,000 tons of CO2 per year in addition.
The Allianz Center for Technology (AZT), in collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) assessed for the first time the environmental impacts of typical car repairs. Repairs to plastic bumpers and metal parts of the body shell and small damage to the paintwork of a Golf V were examined.
The ResultsFor the repair of a side wall, the CO2 emissions fell by 60 percent; for the repair of a plastic bumper by 72 percent - each compared to the renewal of parts. For a repair of small damage on the fender, there was a 44 percent of CO2 emissions compared to whole respray.
The translated article can be viewed following this Google link.