Proposal of a methodology for constructing weighted checklist targeting environmentally conscious design

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

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Abstract

Ecodesign plays one of the most important roles in manufacturing sectors towards a sustainable society. As a practical tool of ecodesign, manufactures often use checklists to support product design as well as to obtain eco-label certification. However, current checklists are insufficient due to undetermined effects of individual requirements in the checklists on environmental impact. This paper proposes a method for supporting ecodesign assessment by developing a weighted checklist, where potential environmental improvements in each requirement are derived based on the life cycle simulation. In the case study involving a digital duplicator, the proposed method successfully identified requirements that needed to be improved. When suggested improvements were applied, 8% of total CO2 emissions were estimated to be reduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1288-1292
Number of pages5
JournalSeimitsu Kogaku Kaishi/Journal of the Japan Society for Precision Engineering
Volume76
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Checklist
  • Ecodesign assessment
  • Environmentally conscious design
  • Life cycle simulation
  • Sustainable society

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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