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The MPDS Method

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The Design and system Innovation for Sustainability (DIS) research unit of the Design Department at Politecnico di Milano developed a method and some tools to integrate environmental requirements in the product development process.

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  • Environmental Impact Reduction
  • Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)
  • Product Life Optimisation
  • Environmental Sustainability Efforts
  • Single-level Scheme

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Notes

  1. 1.

    Consultancy was provided, among the others, to Kone (elevators), Necta (vending machines), Electrolux (home appliancese), General Beverage (dispenser outlets), ASM di Brescia (firm providing public utilities and related services), Federlegno-Arredo (trade association in the furniture industry), Artemide (lighting), Metropolitana Milanese, Parà (draperies), Fumagalli (wheelchairs) and Bonaveri (mannequins).

  2. 2.

    If you need to choose a standard product, this does not necessarily coincide with the best seller, but with the one that better embodies the products to come.

  3. 3.

    The ESPI are described after this section.

  4. 4.

    Cf. Sect. 14.2 of Part III, with suggestions about some software tools for complete LCA.

  5. 5.

    Cf. Sect. 14.2 of Part III, with suggestions about some tools for simplified LCA.

  6. 6.

    Cf. Sect. 15.6 of this Part to find the description of the evaluation.

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    Cf. Sect. 15.6 of this Part for the tool description.

  8. 8.

    The ones presented in the previous chapters and collected in the Appendix.

  9. 9.

    Cf. Sect. 15.6 of this part to deepen the topic.

  10. 10.

    Cf. Chap. 14 of this Part.

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    The EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) is a voluntary certification scheme developed to apply the UNI ISO 14025:2006 norm (Type III Environmental Label). It is a tool to communicate objective, comparable and reliable information, related to the environmental performance of products and services.

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Vezzoli, C. (2018). The MPDS Method. In: Design for Environmental Sustainability. Springer, London. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4471-7364-9_15

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