Design for sustainability

Made-to-Order industries produce large, complex products which can have life-cycles that span decades. Large amounts of energy and material are used throughout the life-cycle, from fabrication, maintenance, operations and disposal. Reduction of the life-cycle environmental impact is best achieved at the conceptual design stage which will support clean design and reduce the need for end-of-pipe technology.

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Design for a clean environment

Design for a clean environment

In the EPSRC funded project, Design for a Clean Environment, the state of current practice with respect to clean design has been investigated and key drivers and weaknesses have been isolated. This research has led to the development of a preliminary clean design framework which contains elements in the following areas:

  • A 'Clean Design' tool
  • Life-cycle analysis / Life-cycle costing procedures
  • Decision making tools
  • Environmental economics
  • Investment appraisal
  • Mapping of environmental information flow through design teams
  • Product Stewardship & Supply Chain Management

The Design for a Clean Environment project finished its initial phase in 2001. A summary of the outcomes and a catalogue of the major output can be viewed here

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Integrated Modelling for Strategic Planning

Strategic planning for sustainability requires complex systems to be modelled.

Because of this complexity, it is unrealistic to develop new and comprehensive models for each of the numerous possible situations likely to be encountered. Many models already exist ...

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