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The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

, Volume 15, Issue 8, pp 777–784

First Online: 07 August 2010Received: 14 October 2009Accepted: 13 July 2010


PurposeThe goal of the paper is to present the ecodesign procedure developed based on the guidelines of ISO 14062 standard. The article has been divided into two parts. Part 1 Lewandowska and Kurczewski 2010 presents the description of the procedure’s structure and its most important elements. Part 2 focuses on the practical aspects and presents an example of the suggested methodology application in relation to a fridge freezer.

MethodsThe example presented uses the environmental life cycle assessment, life cycle costing, and environmental benchmarking, however, the use of other techniques, e.g. matrix methods, Social Life Cycle Assessment, checklists, is also possible. An innovation is the development of assessment criteria concerning the interested parties and their requirements and the use of multidimensional comparative analysis MCA in the assessment of the design variants.

Results and discussionThe result of ecodesign application is the selection of the design that meets the assumed requirements to the highest extent. They are formulated not only on the basis of environmental or economic aspects, but also in virtue of the interested parties’ requirements, including: functionality, ergonomics, safety, etc. Ecodesign requires relatively quick and clear responses.

ConclusionsThe suggested procedure comprises all the key elements of ecodesign and the result represents a compromise solution between various, often contradictory, requirements identified at different life cycle stages. The suggested procedure has been checked on a few practical examples, although it still requires verification in relation to products-services of various groups and representing various specific features electrical and electronic equipment, packages, clothes, furniture, services, etc

KeywordsEcodesign Interested parties ISO 14062 Life cycle assessment LCA Life cycle costing LCC Multidimensional comparative analysis MCA Requirements Responsible editor: Wulf-Peter Schmidt

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Autor: Przemyslaw Kurczewski - Anna Lewandowska


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