Sustainability integration in a technology readiness assessment framework

Sophie I. Hallstedt, Daniela C. A. Pigosso

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In this paper, an approach to systematically include sustainability into the Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) is proposed. The aim is to answer the question "how can sustainability provide systematic guidance in technology development and early product development?". Results from a case study illustrate that the suggested approach can support i) the inclusion of sustainability into the early design stages, when only limited data and information is available; ii) the enhancement of the comprehensiveness of sustainability and ease of use in the day-to-day engineering working environment; and iii) simplified sustainability assessments without being too simplistic and/or reducing the sustainability scope. The proposed approach is being co-developed in collaboration with a case company, and tests on an actual technology development project are planned. The next steps are related to the application of the proposed approach in other companies to test its robustness and enhance its generalization for application in diverse contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17)
EditorsAnja Maier, Stanko Skec, Chris McKesson, Mike Van der Loos
PublisherDesign Society
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-88-9
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventICED17: 21st International Conference on Engineering Design - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Aug 201725 Aug 2017


ConferenceICED17: 21st International Conference on Engineering Design
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design


  • Technology readiness level
  • Ecodesign
  • Sustainability
  • New product development
  • Early design phases

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