EcoDesign and LCA approach toward sustainable micro products development

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Abstract

Historically LCA has mainly been applied to products; however, it can be very useful in assisting the whole product development by identifying more sustainable options in process selection, design and optimisation. Using LCA it is believed that one can aim at identifying issues of environmental importance in the design of micro/nano products and of downscaled production pathways. In addition, the topic of EcoDesign, which has been used for a long time now in so-called “macro size”, is explained and the panel of tools used for designing products taking care of the environment will be investigated in the context of micro technology. Ecodesign and LCA take into account environmental impact of production of micro and nano products, but another important issue to include is the impact of such applications on human health. A particular focus has been put on the human health risks of nanoparticles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the MIT2009 : 10th International conference on Management of Innovative Technologies
Publication date2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event10th International conference on Management of Innovative Technologies - Piran, Slovenia
Duration: 27 Sep 200929 Sep 2009
Conference number: 10

Conference

Conference10th International conference on Management of Innovative Technologies
Number10
CountrySlovenia
CityPiran
Period27/09/200929/09/2009

Keywords

  • EcoDesign

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De Grave, A., Olsen, S. I., & Hansen, H. N. (2009). EcoDesign and LCA approach toward sustainable micro products development. In Proceedings of the MIT2009: 10th International conference on Management of Innovative Technologies