The Institute of Vehicle Concepts has completed the study “Life cycle Assessment (LCA) of Magnesium in Vehicle Construction” which has been initiated by the International Magnesium Association (IMA).
The study analyses the entire life cycle of magnesium components for two exemplary transport applications. This includes the production of primary magnesium, alloying, component production, use phase and the end-of-life of magnesium components. For the use phase, examples for passenger car and aircraft components are selected to show benefits compared to aluminium. The results of the study provide up-to-date information about potentials concerning energy and emissions for the use of magnesium. Therefore the study aims to provide valuable information for producers, manufacturers and end-users to design and determine the magnesium process with reliable data.
The full report includes data on the life cycle inventory as well as results of the impact assessment and can be downloaded from the IMA website.