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IMPLICATIONS OF EU INSTRUMENTS ON COMPANY CAPABILITIES TO DESIGN MORE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS-PRODUCT ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT AND DIGITAL PRODUCT PASSPORT
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5508-5388
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7382-1825
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2563-8273
2023 (English)In: Proceedings of the Design Society / [ed] Otto K., Cambridges Institutes Press, 2023, Vol. 3, p. 2245-2254Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
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In the EU, initiatives with concrete instruments for measuring and storing sustainability-related product data are now introduced in legislation. Based on literature review and semi-structured interviews, this study investigates two EU instruments, the Product Environmental Footprint method and Digital Product Passports, and their potential implications for company capabilities to design and select more sustainable solutions in a strategic way. The results show that these instruments can lead to increased transparency and traceability in the design and comparison of solutions, allowing for more effective collaboration across the value chain. By applying a strategic sustainability perspective, it was found that these EU instruments have major limitations as they lack a systems perspective, do not include a full socio-ecological sustainability perspective, and do not support strategic decision-making. This results in risks for suboptimization and the design of solutions that turn out to be costly dead-ends on the way towards a sustainable society. Research is therefore recommended to investigate how these instruments can facilitate a strategic development of sustainable solutions. © The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press.

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Cambridges Institutes Press, 2023. Vol. 3, p. 2245-2254
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Proceedings of the Design Society, E-ISSN 2732-527X ; 3
Keywords [en]
Circular economy, Digital Product Passport, Ecodesign, Sustainability, Sustainable Product Development, Decision making, Product design, Sustainable development, Digital products, Environmental footprints, Literature reviews, Product data, Related products, Semi structured interviews, Sustainable solution
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Design Environmental Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-25251DOI: 10.1017/pds.2023.225Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85165501398OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-25251DiVA, id: diva2:1786443
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24th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2023, Bordeaux, 24 July through 28 July 2023
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VinnovaAvailable from: 2023-08-09 Created: 2023-08-09 Last updated: 2023-08-09Bibliographically approved

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