We believe that real progress only comes from learning. That’s why we study every stage in the life of a new vehicle to see how we can develop new ways to perform responsibly.
Jaguar Land Rover was one of the first UK vehicle manufacturers to complete an officially recognised study* of the overall environmental impact of a vehicle.
We call this the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Traditionally, the environmental impact of a vehicle was measured only by its tailpipe emissions. Our LCA process allows us to look at the bigger picture; from the materials and resources used, through a lifetime of customer use, to eventual disposal and recycling.
This is a powerful approach and what we’re learning is already making a major difference, revealing how we can:
- Use renewable and recycled materials in innovative ways
- Find the best way to dismantle and recycle vehicles at the end of their lives
- Cut tailpipe CO2 emissions
- Reduce the impact of research and development into new products by creating dynamic simulations rather than building prototypes
- Make cars safer for passengers, as well as pedestrians
Valuable insights from LCA studies are helping us to create the most sustainable generation of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles yet.
- Our Range Rover Evoque is the lightest, most efficient Range Rover to date.
- The Jaguar XJ features a 25% increase in recycled sheet aluminium (Vs the outgoing model),which saves one tonne of CO2 in the manufacturing process for each vehicle produced. Applying LCA to this vehicle has also revealed valuable insights about non CO2 related impacts across a vehicle’s lifetime.
Exciting new developments in the way we apply LCA insights, are currently being researched with our supply chain. Ultimately, our aim is to create a suite of tools and processes linked to LCA which will give all our designers, engineers and procurement teams the opportunity to make decisions and choices to influence sustainable vehicle development, from concept to reality.
*(The Life Cycle Assessment of the Jaguar XJ X351 – audited and approved by the Vehicle Certification Agency VCA)