Design sustainability into every vehicle with software and consulting from thinkstep


We combine 20 years of deep data and next-generation software to help you design sustainability into every vehicle. 


Don’t sacrifice growth for sustainability. Drive both with us.

The automotive industry represents an especially complex sustainability challenge: Not only is it highly visible, it is the lifeblood of most economies worldwide. And even the most obvious solution—making lighter vehicles—raises recycling and energy use issues.

Careful Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and strategic design based on the deepest data available are essential to reduce environmental impact and optimise efficiencies. Our constantly evolving datasets help you make better decisions about your materials and methods from the start. We also offer customised software solutions for vehicle LCA calculations to inform smart design. Plus, in the design and recycling arenas, we don’t merely identify what you need to eliminate; we strategise to help you fully understand and strengthen your supply partnerships.

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Recycling Lightweight Automobiles

Lightweight design is an important factor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Some of our Automotive clients


We help you succeed with:

Design for Environment and Ecodesign

We help you bring all departments together from the start to reduce energy consumption and prevent waste throughout the entire product design process.

Life Cycle Assessment

Over 2,500 companies worldwide trust our Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) service and software to reveal the environmental impact of processes from raw material production to disposal.

Product Carbon Footprint

Capture your real Product Carbon Footprint with our ‘cradle to grave’ Life Cycle Assessment to achieve compliance with international standards and create carbon-neutral products.

Resource & Energy Efficiency

Let us help you reduce energy consumption and find alternative resources faster with Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) that reveal the information needed to make the best decisions.

Sustainable Supply Chain

Greatly improve supplier relationships and performance. Gain deep understanding of your supply chain risks and opportunities. Let us help you achieve sustainability goals and cost savings.

Water Footprint

Understand the full extent of your direct and indirect water usage to manage supply and costs. Let us help you increase efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

What our clients say

Both the consultancy services of thinkstep and the use of the thinkstep GaBi software have assisted us in our product-related environmental measures. New automobiles can be analysed regarding their environmental impacts as early as in the design phase and optimization potentials are identified. This system-wide approach of life cycle analysis yields detailed information and evaluations which are used profitably in different sections of our company.

Dr Ralf Schnell, Porsche

Over the years the thinkstep GaBi Software has become a core tool for environmental conscious product design and supports the environmental strategy of Volkswagen. Linked to the company’s IT systems, GaBi provides the VW experts with detailed data for strategic decisions.

Dr. Stephan Krinke, Volkswagen AG

Featured resources

Life Cycle CO2e Assessment of low carbon cars 2020 - 2030

In 2013 the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) commissioned thinkstep to carry out...

Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Aluminum and Steel Truck Wheels

The most comprehensive and transparent comparative LCA ever conducted on aluminum and...

Recycling Lightweight Automobiles

Lightweight design is an important factor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.