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DEVELOPMENT OF A GUIDE TO SUPPORT THE SELECTION OF PRODUCT-RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Grant number: 12/06890-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2012
Effective date (End): October 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Production Engineering - Product Engineering
Principal researcher:Henrique Rozenfeld
Grantee:Isabela Ianhez Issa
Home Institution: Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos (EESC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):13/00407-3 - Development and evaluation of a guide to support the selection of ecodesign indicators for monitoring the environmental performance of products, BE.EP.IC

Abstract

The improvement of the environmental performance of products aims to reduce the environmental impacts associated with their entire life-cycle, contributing to the development of a sustainable society. Ecodesign is a proactive approach that defines a new way to develop products, in which environmental issues has the same status that functionality, durability, aesthetics, costs, etc. By implementing this approach in the product development process, it's necessary to measure and monitor the environmental performance of the developed products, since the establishment of measurable goals and performance indicators are critical to achieve success in a project. Despite the existence in literature of several researches related to environmental performance indicators, companies still face difficulties in the selection and use of these indicators. As a consequence, it becomes necessary to classify and systematize these indicators in order to assist the effective implementation of Ecodesign. This research aims to develop a guide to support companies in the selection of environmental performance indicators of products. The methodology employed is composed by a systematic literature review in order to gather the state of art of these indicators, and a case study to evaluate the developed guide. As results, it is expected that the guide supports companies in the use of indicators in order to monitor the environmental performance of their products.

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