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Stepwise environmental product declarations: ten SME case studies
RISE, Swerea, Swerea IVF.
INETI.
2.-0 LCA Consultants.
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute Ltd.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 16, no 17, 1872-1886 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The lack of reliable communication tools is anticipated to become an important barrier to design and sell products with improved environmental performance. In this paper, environmental product declarations, EPDs, and in particular a Stepwise EPD approach is investigated as a means to overcome the communication barrier. The experiences of ten European SMEs who have tried to use Stepwise EPDs for market communication and as a basis for eco-design are described and discussed. The experiences suggest that Stepwise EPDs based on life cycle assessment can be a cost-efficient tool to improve the environmental performance of products. For normal marketing activities the Stepwise EPDs were disappointing. Using the underlying LCA as a platform for in-depth communication with selected parties in the supply chain showed more promise. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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2008. Vol. 16, no 17, 1872-1886 p.
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Eco-design, Environmental communication, Environmental management, Environmental product declaration, EPD, Integrated product policy, ISO 14025, Life cycle assessment, Product development, Product information
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Materials Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-13383DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2008.01.001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-50649108594OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-13383DiVA: diva2:973589
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