Ecodesign methods focused on remanufacturing

Daniela Cristina Antelmi Pigosso, Evelyn T. Zanette, Americo Guelere Filho, Aldo R. Ometto

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Understanding the product’s ‘end-of-life’ is important to reduce the environmental impact of the products’ final disposal. When the initial stages of product development consider end-of-life aspects, which can be established by ecodesign (a proactive approach of environmental management that aims to reduce the total environmental impact of products), it becomes easier to close the loop of materials. The ‘end-of-life’ ecodesign methods generally include more than one ‘end-of-life’ strategy. Since product complexity varies substantially, some components, systems or sub-systems are easier to be recycled, reused or remanufactured than others. Remanufacture is an effective way to maintain products in a closed-loop, reducing both environmental impacts and costs of the manufacturing processes. This paper presents some ecodesign methods focused on the integration of different ‘end-of-life’ strategies, with special attention to remanufacturing, given its increasing importance in the international scenario to reduce the life cycle impacts of products.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)21-31
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Ecodesign
  • Remanufacturing
  • Life cycle thinking
  • Ecodesign methods
  • Environmental Impact
  • ‘End-of-life’ approaches


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