D 7.1 Ecoscan

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Awareness of the unsustainable levels of resource consumption and the significant impacts of products on the environment is growing among consumers, policy makers and business. A life cycle approach is a good way to assess the environmental impacts during the whole life of a product, and the European Commission recognizes Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as "the best framework for assessing the potential environmental impact of products"(Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament, 2003).

At the early stages of a project like OPERA4FEV; where the aim is to manufacture and improve a product (battery rack) already existing, it is important to assess the impact in the environment of the different design options since the very beginning, so it is guaranteed that the project will follow patterns focused in the obtaining of a product in the most sustainable way possible. According with the general aim of OPERA4FEV (product improvement) the ILCD Handbook (European Commission - Joint Research Centre - Institute for Environment and Sustainability, 2011) recommends to perform an identification of KEPI of the product (simplified LCA).

A KEPI study performed at the beginning of eco-design projects it is useful for designers. Such studies empower designers with indicators that account the physical and chemical characteristics of the product, like global warming potential (GWP) or energy demand among others. Normally the indicators used are easy to interpret and require little data and time for calculation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2012


  • ecodesign
  • LCA
  • battery
  • electric mobility


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