Checklist-based assessment methodology for sustainable design

Yusuke Kishita*, Bi Hong Low, Shinichi Fukushige, Yasushi Umeda, Atsushi Suzuki, Takao Kawabe

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The manufacturing industry is faced with a challenge to create products with less environmental impact targeting a sustainable society. To cope with this challenge, sustainable design or ecodesign plays one of the most important roles. Manufacturers often use ecodesign checklists that are intended for obtaining eco-labels, such as Eco Mark in Japan, in order to support design improvements of products in terms of environmental consciousness. Eco-label checklists are, however, insufficient to support designing products rationally because the relationships between individual requirements of checklists and environmental impact are undetermined. This paper proposes a method for supporting assessment for ecodesign by developing a weighted checklist from a conventional eco-label checklist. This weighted checklist assesses the environmental performance of a product based on the potential environmental improvement of each requirement, derived by life cycle simulation. Results of a case study involving a digital duplicator indicate that the proposed method successfully clarifies the requirements that should be improved in the present product. When the design improvements are applied, the assessment of the product's CO2 emissions shows an improvement by 8%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)910111-910118
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Assessment
  • Checklist
  • Digital duplicator
  • Eco-label
  • Ecodesign
  • Life cycle simulation
  • Sustainable design
  • Sustainable society

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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