Design-related Sustainability Assessment

DS 125: Proceedings of the 34th Symposium Design for X (DFX2023)

Year: 2023
Editor: Dieter Krause, Kristin Paetzold-Byhain, Sandro Wartzack
Author: Lisa-Marie Nettlenbusch, Jan Reißmann, Alexander Hasse
Series: DfX
Institution: Institute of Design Engineering and Drive Technology, Chemnitz University of Technology
Page(s): 205-214
DOI number: 10.35199/dfx2023.21


The pressure of planetary boundaries led the author to develop a design-related sustainability assessment. That is why several existing methodologies like Resource Efficiency, Material Input per Unit of Service, Life Cycle Assessment and Product Environmental Footprint have been analyzed. These methods are screened in terms of their time horizon, usability and calculation rules. By coupling these different methods in a simplified chain, an internally complex but usable and time-efficient algorithm is created. It continuously supports the product development process and allows decisions and corrections to be made directly and immediately. An evaluation with industry partners on various demonstrators will be an integral part of the research in the future.

Keywords: Product Design, Life Cycle Assessment, Sustainability Assessment, Planetary Boundaries, Resource Efficiency

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