Successive Transitions in Ecodesign: From the Stopwatch Era to Technology Transfer and Commercialization

Casper Boks, Tim C. McAloone

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    Abstract

    In the past 15 years, stimulated by a growing environmental concern and awareness in the media, ecodesign, or design for environment, has expanded considerably as a scientific research area; from a group of opportunistic eco-pathfinders trying to optimise a product’s recyclability, into acknowledged scientific research regarding technology transfer and commercialisation. This paper proposes that this maturing process took place through a number of transitions; this is illustrated by discussing characteristic aspects of each transition, together providing a historic account of how academic research into sustainable product innovation has matured. In conclusion, a number of possible future transitions or extensions of the research area are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of LCE 2008, 15th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering
    Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
    Publication date2008
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventLCE 2008, 15th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 17 Mar 200819 Mar 2008
    Conference number: 15

    Conference

    ConferenceLCE 2008, 15th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering
    Number15
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    CitySydney
    Period17/03/200819/03/2008

    Keywords

    • academic progress
    • Sustainable Product Design
    • historic overview
    • Ecodesign
    • Product life
    • PD methods

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