NSF Materials Use: Science, Engineering and Society (MUSES) Project

The goal of this MUSES project is to produce modeling tools and methods that can be used to analyze changes in materials flows that would result from policy instruments aimed at reducing GHG emissions from passenger cars and light trucks.

This goal will be achieved by building and validating a set of linked models that account for producer and consumer behavioral responses to GHG reduction policies, and integrating these forecasted market responses into a novel framework for predictive life cycle and material flow analyses (LCA/MFA). Our major tasks will be:

  • To model vehicle design options and materials use for their costs and performance
  • To evaluate the market penetration of these options by modeling their performance in the context of market-based and regulatory policy instruments, producer objectives, and consumer preferences
  • To evaluate the consequences of market responses on global materials flows and life cycle emissions