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How central authorities can support ecodesign

Company perspectives

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Eco-design presents an integrated approach to develop products with as small environmental footprint as possible taking a life-cycle perspective. However, still, the vast majority of manufacturing companies do not use eco-design, or at least they do not use it in their marketing. Taking a company perspective, this report tries to understand why. Its ambition has been to identify and explain the incentives companies have for implementing eco-design practices in their product development. Ultimately, the report is trying to answer the question on how authorities can use these incentives to better support eco-design. The findings presented in the report are based on interviews with Nordic manufacturing companies, experts in the field and a literature survey. Conclusions are followed by general recommendations on how to stimulate the use of eco-design in companies.

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Literature Survey on Ecodesign

In order to build a thorough base we have studied the literature on ecodesign and its methods together with literature from other disciplines, such as innovation management, marketing and communication. Our goal has been to find viewpoints that can help us go beyond instant answers from specific companies to finding support for questions that will move us closer the real answer of why companies in fact use ecodesign. In order to find even more relevant literature, and discuss available knowledge, some experts were also contacted and interviewed.

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