Banner
Guest Editorial

Changing the focus

By Ed Opbroek

October 2008- Here's something you don't hear every day: The government-mandated push to limit CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy could actually increase net CO2 emissions.

How's that possible? Aren't regulations put in place to help? Generally yes, but forcing automakers to turn to alternative lightweight materials, like aluminum, magnesium and plastic, that increase fuel economy at the cost of increasing life cycle greenhouse gas emissions may achieve the opposite effect.

An unexpected consequence
Lightweighting a vehicle is beneficial to increasing fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gases during the use phase of a vehicle (which represents about 80 percent of the total life of a vehicle). However, what few realize is that many alternative, lightweight materials emit 65 percent.

As automotive manufacturers and legislators address the climate change impact of their products, steel, particularly advanced high-strength steels, remains the right choice for vehicle applications and our environment.

Ed Opbroek is director of WorldAutoSteel, the automotive group of the World Steel Association. He was the former director of the UltraLight Steel Auto Body and ULSAB Advanced Vehicle Series of projects by a global consortium of 33 leading steel producers from 20 countries around the world. World Steel Association, WorldAutoSteel and ULSAB's purpose is to demonstrate innovative, affordable automotive steel concepts that meet future safety and performance criteria.

Current Issue

MM-Cover-9-14-current

September 2014

ON THE COVER: 
Tense trade
Reaching a tipping point in volume, steel imports face the weight of politics.

MM-Digital-button-current1

Subscribe: PRINT/DIGITAL MAGAZINE - eNEWSLETTERS

Midwest-MM-home-ad-5

Advertisement

Modern Metals on Twitter

White Papers

More White Papers >
Banner

Industry Partners

Aluminum

Coil Processing

Rolled and Extruded Aluminum Products

Stainless, Nickel, Aluminum, Pipe, Tube & Bar

Sapa Extrusions North America Braner USA Aleris Rolled Products Prudential Stainless & Alloys, L.P.

Bar

Butech Bliss

Sawing Technology

Steel

Gerdau Special Steel North America Machine Concepts KMT Saw Parker Steel Co.

CNC Cutting (Plasma, Waterjet, Laser, Router)

Red Bud Industries Metlsaw Systems Summit Steel Corporation
Multicam Inc. Tishken Sawblade.com

Thickness Gauges

CNC Solutions

Laser Cutting Machines

Service Centers

Advanced Gauging Technologies
FastCAM Inc. Trumpf Admiral Steel

Tube & Pipe

Coated Coil

Lubrication Systems

United Performance Metals Independence Tube Corp.
Centria Coating Services Unist, Inc.

Software

Turnkey Finishing System

Double Globus Inc.

Machining Centers

Enmark Systems, Inc. Intellifinishing
Dura Coat Products, Inc. Handtmann CNC

Specialty Roller Coverings and Coatings

Waterjet

Metal Coaters

Metal Alloy Analysis & Verification

American Roller Company OMAX Corporation

Coil Coating

Thermo Scientific Niton Analyzers

Stainless Steel

TECHNI Waterjet
Chemcoaters

Metal Finishing & Deburring

Straub Metal International

Welding

 

Supermax Tools Ta Chen International, Inc. Koike Aronson

 

Plate

 

 

 

Artco Group

 

 

TrendPublishing

twitter facebook linkedin rss