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Some pervasive challenges to sustainability by design of electronic products - A conceptual discussion

Laurenti, Rafael; Sinha, Rajib; Singh, Jagdeep LU and Frostell, Björn (2015) In Journal of Cleaner Production 108. p.281-288
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Sustainability should encompass responsibility for unintended environmental consequences of modern developments. This study examined some pervasive challenges to sustainability by design of electronic products, namely: (i) product and consumption redundancies; (i) embodied environmental and social impacts occurring distant in time and space from the point of consumption; and (iii) production and consumption dynamics. This analysis identified essential developments in certain areas that can assist design practice in preventing unintended environmental consequences. These were: (1) complementing life cycle assessment studies with analyses of unintended environmental consequences; and (2) exploiting the vital role of product design in... (More)

Sustainability should encompass responsibility for unintended environmental consequences of modern developments. This study examined some pervasive challenges to sustainability by design of electronic products, namely: (i) product and consumption redundancies; (i) embodied environmental and social impacts occurring distant in time and space from the point of consumption; and (iii) production and consumption dynamics. This analysis identified essential developments in certain areas that can assist design practice in preventing unintended environmental consequences. These were: (1) complementing life cycle assessment studies with analyses of unintended environmental consequences; and (2) exploiting the vital role of product design in fostering a circular economy. Indicators that provide information about (a) the increasing spatial and decreasing temporal separation of production, consumption and waste management, (b) constraints in raw materials supply and (c) marginal changes in money and time spent should be available to product designers and consumers. Furthermore, information technology, namely computer-aided design (CAD) tools, should be refined to assist product designers in designing for effective circularity and end-of-waste and limiting hibernation of resources in the use phase.

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Challenges, Design, Electronic products, Rebound effects, Sustainability, Unintended consequences
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Journal of Cleaner Production
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108
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8 pages
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Elsevier
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0959-6526
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10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.08.041
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  author       = {Laurenti, Rafael and Sinha, Rajib and Singh, Jagdeep and Frostell, Björn},
  issn         = {0959-6526},
  keyword      = {Challenges,Design,Electronic products,Rebound effects,Sustainability,Unintended consequences},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {01},
  pages        = {281--288},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Journal of Cleaner Production},
  title        = {Some pervasive challenges to sustainability by design of electronic products - A conceptual discussion},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.08.041},
  volume       = {108},
  year         = {2015},
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