Network for Electronic Product Design (NEPD) aims to facilitate discussion
and disseminate information, new ideas and thinking in relation to the
eco-design implications of the design of electronic products. NEPD provides
five core services: events, training, Internet, publications and consultancy.
network was established in 1996 and is an initiative of The Centre
for Sustainable Design with original
support from Dell Europe.
A new agenda: electronics product design and
Environmental concerns are becoming a key component
in the management of existing and new product development in the electronics
industry. Designing-in environmental benefits, as well as 'End of Life
Management' issues are moving onto the agenda transnationally. This is
being accelerated by growing discussion over "Producer Responsibility",
a changing European legal framework, increased competition and a continual
drive for innovation.
Eco-design / "Design for Environment" (DfE) is moving onto managers'
agendas. However, due to the speed of change and the complexity of many
of the issues, it is difficult to keep up to date with leading thinking,
new ideas and information. In response to this, The Centre for Sustainable
Design has developed the Network for Electronic Product Design (NEPD),
with original support from Dell Europe.
NEPD research has
highlighted a number of key issues amongst companies in the electronics
- Considerable concern
and uncertainty over the potential impact of 'Producer Responsibility'
- Companies are
already exploring eco-design in product design - with dismantling seen
as a major issue
- Eco-design is
predicted to emerge as a key business issue in the next few years
- There are two
sets of needs: managing the eco-design process and incorporating eco-design
into product design
- There is a lack
of information and support structures for companies exploring eco-design
in product design
In response, a series
of thought-provoking events have been organised by NEPD. Click here to
see the abstracts and summaries
from these events.
NEPD is likely to be of interest to a wide range of individuals and organisations
with an interest in environmental management and electronic product design
- Electronic equipment
- Electronic component
- Product design
- Waste management
- Trade and professional
NEPD will enable
those involved in managing the 'design for environment' process to access
information, keep up to date with new thinking, and network with others
across a range of issues:
- Sustainable development
of 'design for environment' issues
- Competitive benchmarking
- New concepts:
- Lifecycle assessment
- Best practice
- Innovative ideas
NEPD has developed
a range of high qaulity services to support companies in the electronics
Five services are
offered by NEPD:
A range of afternoon
workshops have been organised by NEPD. These are of particular interest
to environmental managers, product designers and consultants.
Training course 1
has been developed for environmental managers, product designers and consultants.
Research Surveys and Checklists have been produced covering eco-design
in the electronics sector.
expertise covers the management and development of eco-design programmes
and the incorporation of environmental issues into product design. Costs
are dependent on specific briefs.
Contact CfSD for further details.
(Eco-design and Training for Manufacture, Use and 'End of
Life' for SMEs)
(South East Environment and Business Association)
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