ECODESIGN DECISION BOXES – A SYSTEMATIC TOOL FOR INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS INTO PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
The Ecodesign Decision Boxes allow the implementation of environmental considerations in technical product designs and in the decisive early stages of the product development process. This systematic tool allows optimizing the entire product as well as tracking and controlling the influence on environmental aspects of a product along its life cycle phases. An overall evaluation of the environmental performance of the product design as well as a detailed view on the performance of each component, part and of each material used in the components should be assured. The Ecodesign Decision Boxes where developed to give special attention to the environmental aspect of the product development process.