Use of Life Cycle Data in Industrial Design. Draft Report on the Development Needs

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The present draft report has been prepared within the auspices of the CODATA, the Working Group on Environmental Life Cycle Inventories. The objective of the working group is to facilitate the electronic exchange of high-quality, easily comparable data on environmental product life cycle inventories (LCI-data) for materials. This objective is pursued by several activities, one of which is the subject of the present draft report: To assess the need for further development regarding the use of LCI-data in industrial design, the CODATA Working Group investigates the current trends, the requirements of industrial designers, the pitfalls to avoid when applying LCI-data in the design process, as well as the needs and obstacles for integrating LCI-data in electronic tools used in design (CAD), manufacturing (CAM) and product data modelling (PDM). In this investigation and assessment, the co-operation of the UNEP-Working Group on Sustainable Product Development is being sought.

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