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THE WAY TO DO ECODESIGN IN COMPANIES - INSTALLING A CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PROCESS

THE WAY TO DO ECODESIGN IN COMPANIES - INSTALLING A CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PROCESS

Year: 2004

Section: ECO DESIGN WORKSHOP

Editor: Marjanovic D.

Author: Wimmer W., Bey N.

Section: ECO DESIGN WORKSHOP

Pages: 1565 - 1570

Abstract

A multinational company producing office furniture requested an appropriate tool to integrate "environment" into their product development. This lead to the company adaptation of the ECODESIGN Product, Investigation, Learning and Optimization Tool and initiated a continuous improvement process for integrating sustainability into every-day practice. The corner elements of the initiated process are analyse, improve, communicate, and educate. Based on a LCA according to ISO 14040 products were improved with the PILOT and the environmental performance was communicated to the market using ISO TR 14025. Additionally an e-learning course was implemented to train staff, and distribute environmental knowledge within the company.

Keywords: design for Environment, ECO design, environmental product declaration, product improvement

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