PhD project: Ecodesign for a Circular Economy - Regulating and Designing Electrical and Electronic Equipment



Our current linear production system results in a number of environmental problems where vital resources are spread and lost. Therefore, there is a need to develop more circular systems that can improve resource efficiency by closing the material loop and reducing the overall consumption of resources. Here the design phase becomes vital, as around 80% of a product's or service's environmental impacts are determined in this phase. Therefore, targeting resource efficiency already in the design phase is important. Various concepts already exist incorporating environmental considerations into design and one of these is ecodesign. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to examine how resource efficiency can be improved through ecodesign? The PhD study will examine how ecodesign can improve resource efficiency through both a company perspective and a regulatory perspective. The company perspective will be comprised of two parts. Part one will take point and departure in a number of companies, who successfully have work with implementing ecodesign criteria targeting resource efficiency. The study will have an exploratory character and will attempt to document best praxis on how to implement ecodesign in a company to improve resource efficiency. Part two will include a single case study of a Danish producer of electronics, and how resource efficiency could be implemented in that company? The main purpose of this study is to determine how resource efficient design can be integrated in the company across the different departments. In the regulatory perspective, the focus will be on the Ecodesign Directive and how requirements to resource efficiency can be implemented in the Directive. The focus will be on already existing requirement to resource efficiency lay down in voluntary instruments. The purpose is to identify and explore existing resource efficiency parameters and the experiences with implementing these requirements in the companies and controlling their compliance. The main methodological approaches are action research, case studies and qualitative research interviews.
Effektiv start/slut dato01/02/201301/02/2016