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Sustainable Electronic Product Design: A Comparison of Environmental Performance Assessment Tools Derived from Life Cycle Thinking

Sustainable Electronic Product Design: A Comparison of Environmental Performance Assessment Tools Derived from Life Cycle Thinking
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Author(s): Xiaoying Zhou (University of California – Davis, USA)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 36
Source title: Web-Based Green Products Life Cycle Management Systems: Reverse Supply Chain Utilization
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Hsiao-Fan Wang (National Tsing Hua University, ROC)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-114-8.ch005

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Abstract

The ability to concretely and quantitatively measure the environmental performance of a product system is essential to support the establishment of objectives, the selection among alternatives, and continuous improvement in environmental management. Integration of the life cycle perspective into the assessment tools is one of the key challenges. On the basis of an extensive literature review, the authors describe the state-of-the-art of assessment tools available for product systems in the electronics industry. The intent is to enable the informed use of these product assessment tools with life cycle thinking so that a tool is chosen for the optimal application given specific goals. Furthermore, the classification scheme, the business initiatives, the economic, geographical, legislative factors, and the methodological challenges of the emerging industrial practice are thoroughly examined. Through these discussions, the authors hope to facilitate the methodological development that moves beyond discrete product boundaries toward system optimization and standard guidelines that best meet the needs of corporations in a global and societal context.

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