Keywords: concurrent eco-performance planning, eco-design, eco-innovation, structured design, green design, low-voltage electric appliances, environmentally friendly products, product design
Framework for eco-innovative design with application in low-voltage electric appliance industry
Following several years of incremental improvements in green-design, nowadays, step changes have to be considered for developing competitive environmentally friendly products. However, many companies still see environmental issues as economical burden because eco-innovations usually require new capital investments as well as changes in product design and the related production processes and after-sale services. In this respect, a methodology for guiding decision-makers towards a superior balance between quality, cost and environmental issues in product design is introduced in this paper. A case study on a product from the family of electric appliances reveals the effectiveness of the methodology.