Design for the environment - do we get the focus right?

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    Sometimes, products resulting from design for environment (DFE) endeavours are sub-optimisations from an environmental perspective, because the tool determines the process and not vice versa. For a more systematic way of getting the focus right, a hierarchy of focusing is introduced: 1. What is the function provided and what is the optimal way of providing it while making a business out of it? Which product should the company then produce? 2. Where are the “environmental hot spots” in the life cycle of this product? 3. Which DFE tool supports optimisation of the product by reducing these hot spots?
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalC I R P Annals
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)1-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    Event54th CIRP General Assembly, 22-28 August 2004, Krakow, Poland - Krakow, Poland
    Duration: 1 Jan 2004 → …
    Conference number: 54


    Conference54th CIRP General Assembly, 22-28 August 2004, Krakow, Poland
    CityKrakow, Poland
    Period01/01/2004 → …


    • Sustainable product
    • Product life cycle
    • Design

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