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Life Cycle Assessment Framework: Incorporating an extended environmental perspective in the Haldex Project Management Model

Knutsson, Ola (2015) MIO920
Production Management
Abstract
Background: An increased concern of environmental
issues have made companies, including
Haldex, look for new engineering and
design practices to keep up with
legislations and stakeholder pressure,
often by analyzing products’ total
environmental impact over their life
cycles, in so called life cycle assessment
studies. The Haldex Project Management
Model is a company specific project
model where Haldex projects move
through, till their completion, and the
concern is that life cycle assessment
studies have not been included as a
deliverable in the Haldex Project
Management Model before.
iv
Purpose: The purpose of this Master’s Thesis is to
develop and present Haldex with a life
cycle analysis tool and a framework for
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Background: An increased concern of environmental
issues have made companies, including
Haldex, look for new engineering and
design practices to keep up with
legislations and stakeholder pressure,
often by analyzing products’ total
environmental impact over their life
cycles, in so called life cycle assessment
studies. The Haldex Project Management
Model is a company specific project
model where Haldex projects move
through, till their completion, and the
concern is that life cycle assessment
studies have not been included as a
deliverable in the Haldex Project
Management Model before.
iv
Purpose: The purpose of this Master’s Thesis is to
develop and present Haldex with a life
cycle analysis tool and a framework for
environmental impact assessments of new
products or changes to existing products,
providing evaluation of projects in the
Haldex Project Management Model.
Methodology: In this thesis a mainly qualitative research
style was used in order to provide the
specific life cycle assessment framework,
as the work required an exploratory
procedure, studying behavior and
practices from the inside. Data gathering
was conducted using several methods such
as interviews, observations, content
analysis and an extensive literature
review. The framework was developed
gradually by analyzing and screening
various tools.
Results & Presenting Haldex with a suitable life
Conclusion: cycle assessment framework, including
assessment tools that are applicable in the
Haldex Project Management Model and a
product’s R&D stages, has been achieved
through a preliminary study and analysis.
By conducting a preliminary study and
examining environmental processes and
areas both internal and external to Haldex,
a number of criteria for life cycle
assessment tools at the company could be
set. A screening and analysis of bestpractice
tools then helped to identify
suitable tools for Haldex to begin working
with, which are presented in the Haldex
Life Cycle Assessment Development
Framework, which allows environmental
v
assessment progress over time. This
includes a semi-quantitative Design for
Environment-matrix and accompanied
guide, as well as a quantitative carbon
footprint analysis where a prototype,
accomplished through the spreadsheet
software Excel, may be used to start
working with the latter tool. (Less)
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Knutsson, Ola
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organization
course
MIO920
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M1 - University Diploma
subject
keywords
Life cycle assessment, tool framework, LCA, corporate social responsibility, design for environment, carbon footprint, simplified LCA, life cycle.
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15/5533
language
English
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7869275
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2015-09-18 09:59:43
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issues have made companies, including
Haldex, look for new engineering and
design practices to keep up with
legislations and stakeholder pressure,
often by analyzing products’ total
environmental impact over their life
cycles, in so called life cycle assessment
studies. The Haldex Project Management
Model is a company specific project
model where Haldex projects move
through, till their completion, and the
concern is that life cycle assessment
studies have not been included as a
deliverable in the Haldex Project
Management Model before.
iv
Purpose: The purpose of this Master’s Thesis is to
develop and present Haldex with a life
cycle analysis tool and a framework for
environmental impact assessments of new
products or changes to existing products,
providing evaluation of projects in the
Haldex Project Management Model.
Methodology: In this thesis a mainly qualitative research
style was used in order to provide the
specific life cycle assessment framework,
as the work required an exploratory
procedure, studying behavior and
practices from the inside. Data gathering
was conducted using several methods such
as interviews, observations, content
analysis and an extensive literature
review. The framework was developed
gradually by analyzing and screening
various tools.
Results & Presenting Haldex with a suitable life
Conclusion: cycle assessment framework, including
assessment tools that are applicable in the
Haldex Project Management Model and a
product’s R&D stages, has been achieved
through a preliminary study and analysis.
By conducting a preliminary study and
examining environmental processes and
areas both internal and external to Haldex,
a number of criteria for life cycle
assessment tools at the company could be
set. A screening and analysis of bestpractice
tools then helped to identify
suitable tools for Haldex to begin working
with, which are presented in the Haldex
Life Cycle Assessment Development
Framework, which allows environmental
v
assessment progress over time. This
includes a semi-quantitative Design for
Environment-matrix and accompanied
guide, as well as a quantitative carbon
footprint analysis where a prototype,
accomplished through the spreadsheet
software Excel, may be used to start
working with the latter tool.},
  author       = {Knutsson, Ola},
  keyword      = {Life cycle assessment,tool framework,LCA,corporate social responsibility,design for environment,carbon footprint,simplified LCA,life cycle.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Life Cycle Assessment Framework: Incorporating an extended environmental perspective in the Haldex Project Management Model},
  year         = {2015},
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