The Deployment of Product-Related Environmental Legislation into Product Requirements

Daniela Cristina Antelmi Pigosso, Mariana Ferraz, Cláudia Teixeira, Henrique Rozenfeld

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    Environmental legislation is increasingly changing its focus from manufacturing-oriented to product-oriented instruments. Compliance with product-related environmental legislation is achieved by the incorporation of environmental requirements into the early phases of the product development process (PDP). Nevertheless, the deployment of product-related environmental legislation into product requirements is still a challenge. This study followed an inductive approach to propose a guideline to support the identification, analysis and deployment of product requirements based on product-related environmental legislation. The guideline is composed of nine steps, clustered into three groups according to their main objective: (A) identification of environmental product-related legislation; (B) identification of legislative topics to be considered for the deployment of requirements; and (C) creation and validation of product requirements. The product requirements deployed are to be considered during the PDP. The guideline was evaluated in an expert consultation in a large manufacturing company, suggesting that it can be used to support the systematization and deployment of product-related environmental requirements.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number332
    Issue number4
    Number of pages15
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    © 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons by Attribution (CC-BY) license (


    • Legislative compliance
    • Ecodesign
    • Sustainability
    • Environmental requirements
    • Product development
    • Innovation management


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