Eco-Design: Tools and Strategies for Measuring Impacts
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 9:00 am - 11:30am PDT / Streamed Panel Discussion 9:30 am - 11:00 am PDT / 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT / 5:30pm - 7:00pm Paris-Brussels
Ecodesign is the intentional design of products and services with specific attributes for positive environmental and social impacts throughout their lifecycle. Growing concerns over material availability, cost of manufacturing and end-of life of products has led a number of companies to adopt ecodesign principles. What defines ecodesign? How can those positive impacts be evaluated? What are the benefits and challenges of ecodesign?
Various tools and strategies exist to measure the “eco” attributes of a product and provide a framework to assist in their design process. During this meeting, panelists will discuss these various tools and how they are applied in different industries.
- What tools exist to drive the manufacturing of better products?
- What methodologies exist to measure the environmental and social impacts of a product?
- To what extent are LCA analyses useful?
- What methods are best for collecting and organizing the data?
- What channels are most effective in communicating the environmental attributes of a product both internally and externally?
- What labels and certifications are available ?
Return on Investment
- What are the tangible and intangible benefits of eco-design?
- How is eco-design a differentiator and competitive advantage?