This project aims at the development of sustainable design (eco-design) methods, tools and solutions for local manufacturing industry to model, assess and improve the product life cycle performance in environmental impact reduction, cost control, and legislation compliance. By integrating the LCA/LCC (Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Costing) technologies into the product innovation process, the eco-design solutions provide sustainability assessment metrics, life cycle inventory databases, cost analysis methods and models, and eco-design supporting tools for designers and engineers to translate balanced life cycle considerations into sustainable product innovations.
- Life cycle assessment of biodegradable packaging materials and products
- Eco-design and green label for consumer electronic products
- Environmental and cost assessment of manufacturing processes
The manufacturing industry has come under increased pressure on sustainable product development from demanding customers and from the stricter international environmental legislations. Manufacturers, who compete in the global market for product advantages in economic cost, environmental performance and regulations compliance, have to address the sustainability issues with new product life cycle technologies. However, many of these technologies are currently not available for designers’ use in decision-making, because of their complexity and their huge amount of quantitative life cycle inventory data required. Leveraging the potential of Singapore manufacturing industry for sustainable growth by providing designers and engineers with the integrated life cycle technologies and easy-to-use solution tools is the main objective of this project to enhance the local manufacturing SMEs’ sustainability and competitiveness.