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Título: Pressure cooker under pressure: implementation of life cycle strategies and tools in a medium sized industry in Portugal
Autor: Rocha, Cristina
Alexandre, Jorge
Camocho, David
Martins, Paulo
Palavras-chave: Sustainability
Life cycle assessment
Ecodesign
Reduced environmental impact
Industry
Portugal
Data: 2014
Citação: Rocha, C.; Alexandre, J.; Camocho, D.; Martins, P. - Pressure cooker under pressure: implementation of life cycle strategies and tools in a medium sized industry in Portugal. In: Life Cycle in Practice Conference, Book of Proceedings, Lille, France, 5-6 November, 2014, 5 p.
Resumo: This paper concerns the application of a set of life cycle oriented strategies and tools to a pressure cooker manufactured by a medium size company located in Portugal and targeting the international market. The life cycle assessment (LCA) indicated the major environmental problems of this product, which together with the company strategy of appealing the consumer through a 100% recyclable and more ergonomic product, provided the direction for the product and market development. Besides the LCA, an ecodesign project was carried out for a reference pressure cooker and through the use of several tools, including ecodesign checklists co-developed by LNEG in a previous project, a number of improvement options was generated, leading to the reduction and substitution of raw materials consumption, improved recyclability, better ergonomic features, more eco-friendly packaging and improved user interaction. A simplified environmental product declaration for the reference product was elaborated, in the framework of the EU Stepwise EPD project, and its marketing asset was evaluated through different communication methods, including phone meetings, website feedback, mailing lists and direct communication with customers in business fairs. This paper presents the results of this project and the characteristics of the improved product, and reflects upon the use of different life cycle-related strategies and tools in an integrated way; thus, this case study contributes to the understanding of the pros and cons of implementing life cycle strategies and tools in businesses.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.9/2683
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