Technology Lecture: Trends Towards Eco-Design and Sustainable Manufacturing - Examples from the Industry

Date: 25 Oct 2007 - 25 Oct 2007

Venue: Training Room 1, Level 3, SIMTech Tower Block

This technology lecture aims to provide participants with a better understanding of how both economic and ecological benefits can be reaped at the same time in the industry. The successful cases that will be presented are from forerunners countries in the areas of Eco-design and Sustainable Manufacturing, which are getting increasingly important and popular.

This intensive lecture will also highlight some of the trends for Eco-design and Sustainable Manufacturing, and present results from an international study (Japan, Sweden, Germany, Italy) on why companies have started to change their concepts. The main focus will be on examples of how Swedish companies have worked and changed their businesses (offers, production etc.) into more environmentally-friendly and profitable situations, and how Linköping University has supported them in the process.

Recent studies, based both on literature reviews and surveys within the industry, have identified several trends that influence how companies do business. Below are some of those trends, which are often related to each other:

Servicing of customer demands

Increased competition, e.g. due to global market trends

Increased cost of raw material

Increased energy costs, influencing both the product and use-phase

Increased focus on environmentally-related issues

New product-related environmental regulation, e.g. extended producer responsibility, WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) , RoHS (Restriction on Hazardous Substances),, ELV (End-of-life Vehicles), and EuP (Energy using Products)

As a result of these trends and resulting pressure for change, companies have started look for new ways of doing business. There is also increasing interest in analysing a product's total life cycle, for example, the production, use and end-of-life treatment phases. The aim is to decrease the product's total life cycle cost along with its environmental impact. In other words, the less material and energy used, the better the economy and less negative environmental impact. This has increased companies' interest in Eco-design as a method for helping them to change their business.

About the Speaker
Dr Mattias Lindahl is an Assistant Professor with the Environmental Technology and Management Division of Department of Mechanical Engineering in Linköping University in Sweden. He obtained his PhD in Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden in 2005. His research areas encompass LCE (Life Cycle Engineering), Eco-design, Integrated Services and Product Engineering and Product Development. He has published widely in many LCE, Eco-Design and Sustainable Manufacture International Conferences. He has a wealth of industrial experiences working with companies in Sweden and Japan in the areas of Sustainable Manufacture and Design.

Programme Outline

3.00 pm

Presentation by Dr Mattias Lindahl

3.45 pm


4.00 pm


4.30 pm


Pre-registration for the lecture is required. Admission is free. All are welcome.
Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.