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EcoDesign: what's happening? An overview of the subject area of EcoDesign and of the papers in this special issue
TEM Lund University.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Machine Elements. (EcoDesign)
2006 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, Vol. 14, no 15-16, 1291-1298 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

EcoDesign is a concept including human sustainability priorities together with business interrelations. Its main objective in the improvementof product development methods is to reduce environmental loads. EcoDesign also includes a more open ambition to use inspiration from a widerfield of positive examples of smart products and methods, effective system solutions and attractive designs. It is not clear what sustainable productdevelopment is; what we can do is to try our best to find better solutions, get going and make sure that we learn from what happens. Our maingoal with this issue was to monitor ‘‘How to make it happen?’’ but we ended up with more questions and the lower ambition of, ‘‘What’s happening’’.Life-style elements such as brand label economy, development of new economies in Asia, aging populations in the old economies etc. makesthe picture even more complex and we still wonder, ‘‘How to make it happen’’. However, a few focal points can be observed:The tools in EcoDesign are not as important as specification and goal setting in early product development phases. How to organize productdevelopment is crucial in order to reach higher degrees of sustainability. The interrelations between resources and functionality must be enhanced.Environmental affection must be integrated into the human life-style and throughout the entire life-cycle of all products and services.To us it seems impossible to define a sustainable life-style and force everyone to follow. We must engage all stakeholders in envisioning andcreating the sustainable societies we hope to achieve.

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Elsevier, 2006. Vol. 14, no 15-16, 1291-1298 p.
Keyword [en]
sustainable product development, design, green product, sustainable solutions, market brand, sustainable societies
National Category
Environmental Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-71572DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2005.11.010ISI: 000240298500001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33745672109OAI: diva2:486835
QC 20120203. Editorial MaterialAvailable from: 2012-01-31 Created: 2012-01-31 Last updated: 2012-02-03Bibliographically approved

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