By Wolfgang Wimmer

Up to now, environmental regulations have relied mostly on ideas, rules, and prohibitions. this sort of environmental coverage -- a truly reactive process – has proven a mounting array of obstacles. there's a transparent have to search new strategies, specifically these related to the initiative of organizations themselves. because the mid-1980’s, a brand new technique referred to as “environmental administration” has been demonstrated in learn and functional purposes; it truly is designed to systematically combine environmental concerns into corporation actions. If, for example, environmental pursuits are being formulated for an firm, it truly is critical to spot, spotlight, and study genuine and critical environmental affects of the firm's actions and to take applicable measures to enhance its functionality. Controlling and enforcing those environmental pursuits calls for appropriate constructions, systems, and instruments. Many inspired businesses have approached the difficulty of environmental administration via incorporating tools such “continual development tactics” and “Life Cycle evaluation” into some of the operational actions of the company. a few enterprises initiated such transformation tactics at their very own creation websites since it was once more uncomplicated to spot their very own environmental affects than to research, not to mention mitigate, the results of upstream and downstream procedures. even though, in lots of situations those procedures are decisive elements within the total environmental functionality of a product. It has develop into transparent that product layout can effect those techniques to a superb extent.

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In addition, she must ensure that the tool is easy to handle for the product developer and his team. One representative from marketing proposes that the ECODESIGN measures realized in the product should be well documented so that these distinctive features can be communicated to the customer. This has not been done so far. What about this proposal? It is important that competent personnel communicate the ECODESIGN principles to customers. For instance, generalized customer demands for ECODESIGN products must be looked at critically.

They would, however, appreciate a tool supporting them in the product development process. They consider the identification of concrete targets and guidelines based on ECODESIGN principle to be an important first step. Is this criticism justified or do you think it was just an excuse? The concerns brought forth by the department are justified because a product developer has to take into account many different requirements in a product (Luttopp 2000). ECODESIGN is just one among many other aspects.

The ECODESIGN PILOT was developed as an aid for the realization of these goals. The tool can be found on the CD accompanying this book. The present chapter will teach how to work with the CD and will give a step-by-step introduction to the ECODESIGN PILOT. PILOT is an acronym that stands for "Product Innovation Learning and Optimization Tool". The book presents the various contents using the same structure as the CD. at/pilot offers further information and important supplementary remarks on the PILOT.

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