Environmental Impact Reduction for Small and Medium-sized Manufacturing Enterprises in New Product Development

Thomas Woods, Wai Ming Cheung, Kevin Hilton, Roger Penlington

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Abstract

Environmental impact reduction (EIR) in product development can involve numerous activities. In relation to business objectives, the strategic review and integration of EIR should be considered a best practice development opportunity and a contribution towards longer term sustainability. It should be recognised that EIR requirements are often complex and challenging for businesses to implement, especially for those companies lacking the knowledge and resources. This has been found to be the case particularly with Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) due to the limitations of available capital and resource. This research was therefore seeking to investigate how to improve practices of sustainable product development in UK SMEs, and in what ways EIR alternatives should have influenced current practices in new product development.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2015
EventSDM'2015, International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing - Seville, Spain
Duration: 14 Apr 2015 → …
http://sdm-15.kesinternational.org/index.php

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ConferenceSDM'2015, International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing
Period14/04/15 → …
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