Handling trade-offs in Ecodesign tools for sustainable product development and procurement
2006 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, Vol. 14, no 15-16, 1420-1430 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Trade-off situations often occur in the product development and procurement processes when alternative solutions emphasize different aspects that have to be balanced against each other. Ecodesign tools can be used in both product development and purchasing, for example to prescribe design alternatives, assess environmental impacts or to compare environmental improvement alternatives. However, it is not always clear what should be chosen in trade-off situations. In this study, 15 different Ecodesign tools were analyzed to ascertain whether a valuation is included in the tools, in what way the tools give support in different types of trade-off situations and whether the tools provide support from a sustainability perspective.
Nine of the 15 tools analyzed included a valuation and were able to provide support in a trade-off situation, but the support was not sufficient. The valuation should include a life cycle perspective and a framework for sustainability. Otherwise, it can lead to strategically incorrect decisions from a sustainability perspective with concomitant risks of sub-optimized investment paths and blind alleys. However, all the analyzed tools can be complemented with other tools and methods based on strategic planning towards sustainability in order to include a framework for sustainability.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 14, no 15-16, 1420-1430 p.
ecodesign tools, trade-off, product development, purchasing, procurement, sustainability, sustainable development
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8250DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2005.03.024ISI: 000240298500014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-8250DiVA: diva2:13523
QC 201006162008-04-232008-04-232012-02-24Bibliographically approved