ECODESIGN Implementation

A Systematic Guidance on Integrating Environmental Considerations into Product Development

  • Wolfgang Wimmer
  • Rainer Züst
  • Kun-Mo Lee

Part of the Alliance for Global Sustainability Bookseries book series (AGSB, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Wolfgang Wimmer, Rainer Züst, Kun-Mo Lee
    Pages 1-17
  3. Wolfgang Wimmer, Rainer Züst, Kun-Mo Lee
    Pages 19-61
  4. Wolfgang Wimmer, Rainer Züst, Kun-Mo Lee
    Pages 63-103
  5. Wolfgang Wimmer, Rainer Züst, Kun-Mo Lee
    Pages 105-119
  6. Wolfgang Wimmer, Rainer Züst, Kun-Mo Lee
    Pages 121-135
  7. Wolfgang Wimmer, Rainer Züst, Kun-Mo Lee
    Pages 137-138
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 139-140

About this book


Stakeholders such as environmental directives and customer demands for reducing environmental impacts of a product require innovative and environmentally improved products. Therefore a systematic approach and effective methods and tools are needed in the early phase of product development.

The basic elements for optimized process management in the design department are described in this book.

The book provides twelve easy to follow steps for implementing ECODESIGN in a company. It gives clear advice how to integrate environmental considerations into product design and development, and combines ECODESIGN with Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Communication. Chapters on

Product modeling, Life Cycle Assessment, ECODESIGN tasks, Product Improvement and Environmental Communication use the previously developed ECODESIGN PILOT ( and show its application to a real product example.

The book comes with two web tools: one is the ECODESIGN PILOT, used to find measures to environmentally improve a product within a short time. The other is the ECODESIGN PILOT's Assistant ( an expert system, which helps to find the right improvement strategy for a product.


This book will be of interest to environmental and sustainability managers, engineers in research and product development, to designers, environmental experts, and consultants, as well as to students working in this field.


creativity design development engine environment management modeling phase process management product design product development quality research structure sustainability

Authors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Wimmer
    • 1
  • Rainer Züst
    • 2
  • Kun-Mo Lee
    • 3
  1. 1.Technische Universität WienViennaAustria
  2. 2.ETH ZürichSeegräbenSwitzerland
  3. 3.Ajou UniversitySuwonSouth Korea

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6784-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-3071-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-4780
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