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Strategies and material flow in ecodesign
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).
2006 (English)In: Innovation in Life Cycle Engineering and Sustainable Development / [ed] Brissaud, D; Tichkiewitch, S; Zwolinski, P, 2006, 271-280 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Industrial products, green or not, are all compromises between many demands and constraints. Functionality and business performance are of course the dominants. Some products can easily be transformed in a green direction by changing a toxic substance over to something harmless others face a much more complicated situation. In order to face new challenges in product development it is essential to have a strategy for the integration of EcoDesign into "normal/classical" product development. Depending on the type of product and its impact on environmental performance, different strategies are possible. Very important is materials flow and information but also to have a procedure for getting different stakeholders inside the company together in forming requirements for new product with EcoDesign criteria integrated. Eco cycling of materials is a well known metaphor for the sustainable technical development ahead. With new concepts as Product-Service Systems and Producers responsibility a linear model can be useful. In this case the material can be looked upon as a working capital along a time axis where functionality of products and benefits to the customer is a profit and the recycling loss of materials can be seen as a cost. This paper will discuss this situation and put light on a possible new way of looking on EcoDesign.

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2006. 271-280 p.
Keyword [en]
business strategy, ecodesign, sustainability
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-42194DOI: 10.1007/1-4020-4617-0_18ISI: 000239489800018ScopusID: 2-s2.0-80052106505ISBN: 1-4020-4601-4OAI: diva2:446862
12th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering Location: Univ Grenoble, Grenoble, France, Date: APR , 2006
QC 20111010Available from: 2011-10-10 Created: 2011-10-06 Last updated: 2011-10-10Bibliographically approved

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