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How central authorities can support ecodesign

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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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Summary

Over the years, ecodesign – that is the process of integrating environmental aspects into product development and design using a lifecycle perspective– has gained a lot of interest from both companies and authorities. From a company’s point of view, the interest comes from the hope to gain competitive advantages. Public policy makers and authorities foremost see the potential for decreasing environmental and health impact from products and contribution to sustainable consumption.

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