TOOLS AND METHODOLOGIESEcoDesign is about better products, but designing better products needs appropriate, efficient tools. There are different types of tools, ranging from guidelines and checklists to one-score screening indicators and full life cycle assessment, meaning methodologies, process simulation software and extensive databases on materials and processes. When to use which tool depends e.g. on the development target, the resources you have to undertake such an exercise and availability of tools.
This chapter provides a selection of EcoDesign tools specifically for the electrical and electronics sector. However, especially Life Cycle Assessment usually target at a broader range of industry sectors. This is not an exhaustive list of all available tools, nor does it mean a specific recommendation only to use these tools.
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