Stepwise environmental product declarations: ten SME case studies
2008 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, Vol. 16, no 17, 1872-1886 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The lack of reliable communication tools is anticipated to become an important barrier to design and sell products with improved environmental performance. In this paper, environmental product declarations. EPDs, and in particular a Stepwise EPD approach is investigated as a means to overcome the communication barrier. The experiences of ten European SMEs who have tried to use Stepwise EPDs for market communication and as a basis for eco-design are described and discussed. The experiences suggest that Stepwise EPDs based oil life cycle assessment can be a cost-efficient tool to improve the environmental performance of products. For normal marketing activities the Stepwise EPDs were disappointing. Using the underlying LCA as a platform for in-depth communication with selected parties in the supply chain showed more promise.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 16, no 17, 1872-1886 p.
Environmental product declaration, EPD, Environmental communication, Eco-design, Environmental management, Life cycle assessment, Integrated product policy, Product information, ISO 14025, Product development
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-25882DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2008.01.001ISI: 000260197100006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-25882DiVA: diva2:360403
QC 201011032010-11-032010-11-032010-11-03Bibliographically approved