Title: Strategy-based approach to eco-design: an innovative methodology for systematic integration of ecologic/economic considerations into product development process

Authors: Francesco Schiavone, Marco Pierini, Vincent Eckert

Addresses: Dipartimento di Meccanica e Tecnologie Industriali, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Firenze, Italy. ' Dipartimento di Meccanica e Tecnologie Industriali, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Firenze, Italy. ' Rieter Automotive Management AG, Winterthur, Switzerland

Abstract: This paper shows how Rieter Automotive is approaching the integration of environmental considerations in product development process by providing an overview of all the involved elements playing a role in eco-design implementation, organised in a logical framework. A methodological approach is summarised, that integrates cultural aspects, product innovation issues and product strategic vision. The starting point for tool development is presented. Systematic integration of eco-design is proving to be feasible, but requires ad-hoc decision making and customised solutions, based on the company reality. The results of the project are showing promising opportunities for the improvement of the methods for optimised and eco-efficient design.

Keywords: design for environment; DfE; ecodesign; product development; design methodologies; sustainable design; product design; culture; product innovation; product strategic vision; vehicle design; automobile industry; Rieter Automotive.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSDES.2008.017055

International Journal of Sustainable Design, 2008 Vol.1 No.1, pp.29 - 44

Available online: 06 Feb 2008 *

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