Measuring the implementation of ecodesign management practices: a review and consolidation of process-oriented performance indicators

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Abstract

Ecodesign plays an important role in manufacturing companies’ quest for improved sustainability performance. However, many ecodesign efforts are geared towards tackling single-issue discrete improvements, in contrast to operationalizing, measuring and acting upon the consistent improvement of ecodesign implementation and management. To enable a systematic and streamlined integration of ecodesign practices into the product development processes, adequate mechanisms are needed to capture and measure performance improvements, and thereby achieve consistent improvements in a company’s efforts towards enhanced sustainability performance. In face of this challenge, this paper aims at providing organizations with a set of process-oriented indicators to supporting and enhancing ecodesign implementation and management. This research was grounded on a 2-phase approach to (i) cross-analyze performance indicators from literature against ecodesign practices at the process level and (ii) propose, evaluate and consolidate new indicators. After being subjected to the evaluation of 8 experts in ecodesign, a repository is presented with 27 indicators from literature and a set of 114 newly proposed indicators for companies to customize, adapt, mix and derive according to their needs, strategic drivers and overall context.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Volume156
Pages (from-to)293–309
ISSN0959-6526
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Performance measurement
  • Performance indicators
  • Ecodesign implementation
  • Ecodesign management practices
  • Sustainable product development

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