On June 2, the ecodesign toolbox for electrical equipment was presented by Wim Deprez at the 13th CIRP International Conference on Life-cycle Engineering:
Since there is a strong relation between the materials used in manufacturing, and the efficiency in use, a life-cycle approach is needed to design industrial electrical equipment with minimum environmental impact. Simplification is needed to ensure that eco-design remains a practical options. At the same time, careful modelling is essential to ensure an acceptable accuracy level. With a partnership of materials producers, equipment manufacturers, eco-design experts and academia, a toolbox for fast turnaround eco-design has been developed, which can be used by non-experts in life-cycle assessment. It quantifies environmental impacts and produces related environmental reports automatically.