Oil-points - Designers means to evaluate sustainability of concepts

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    Designers have an essential influence on product design and are therefore one target group for environmental evaluation methods. This implies, that such evaluation methods have to meet designers requirements. Evaluation of sustainability of products is often done using formal Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methods. The different LCA based methodologies consider different environmental exchanges and are often rather complex.In this context, the authors raise the question, whether a simplified LCA method which is only based on energy considerations can be used as a tool for quick overviews. This is investigated by means of three case studies where environmental impact is estimated using the EDIP method, the Eco-indicator 95 method, and the Oil Point method proposed by the authors. It is found that the results obtained using Oil Points are in acceptable conformity with the results obtained with more complex methods. This, however, is only valid as long as chemical substances can be neglected in the considered life cycle systems. Comments from workshops with designers, where the cases were presented, are included in the paper.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOil-points - Designers means to evaluate sustainability of concepts
    Place of PublicationAalborg
    PublisherPublished by Institut for Produktion, AUC
    Publication date1998
    Publication statusPublished - 1998
    EventThe 13th IPS Research Seminar - Aalborg University, Fuglsø, Denmark
    Duration: 1 Jan 19981 Jan 1998
    Conference number: 13


    SeminarThe 13th IPS Research Seminar
    LocationAalborg University
    OtherNo exact date found but held in 1998.

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