RESEARCH

REPORTS & STUDIES

The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) offers consultancy services based on its core competence and has undertaken projects for both private and public sector clients. Considerable expertise has been built in eco-design in the electronics sector, especially in South-East Asia.

CfSD has completed research in areas related to sustainable consumption and production (SCP), ‘producer responsibility’, product policy, eco-innovation, eco-design, design for remanufacturing, eco(packaging) design, marketing, procurement, supply chain management, product-servicesystems (PSS) and new business models. CfSD has also led overseas missions to Japan, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan to explore the ‘state of the art’ in sustainable innovation and product sustainability.

Research studies undertaken by The Centre for Sustainable Design include:

Grassroots Innovation and the Circular Economy: A Global Survey of Repair Cafés and Hackerspaces

Martin Charter and Scott Keiller, July 2014

A report based on surveys of ‘circular economy’ related activities being undertaken within Repair Cafés and Hackerspaces worldwide

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Eco-design for the Construction Industry

Martin Charter, Scott Keiller and Vic Clements, October 2013

A practical booklet on how to complete eco-design for construction and building products companies

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Eco-innovate! A Guide to Eco-Innovation for SMEs and Business Coaches

Michal Miedzinski, Martin Charter, Asel Doranova, Johanna Castel and Laura Roman, March 2013

Practical booklet for Eco-innovators covering business models, product/service development and optimising production processes

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Lessons Learnt Supporting SMEs in Eco-Innovation

Martin Charter and Tim Woolman, October 2012

Results of eco-innovation programmes delivered to over 590 SMEs between 2009-2012

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Sustainable Development – Various Reports

Martin Charter and Vic Clements, 2010

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed for the National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

The European Social Fund (ESF): Sustainable Development and Eco-technologies

Martin Charter, Vic Clements, Ichin Cheng, Livia Di Nardo, December 2010

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed for the ESF programme of the European Commission

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Evidence on Sustainability Impacts that Occur During Life Cycles of TVs

Tim Woolman and Martin Charter, July 2008

The Centre for Sustainable Design was a partner in project led by AEA Technology funded by the UK Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) that analysed the TV global supply chain and related component and materials issues

Country Report on the Thai Electronics Sector: Issues and Capacity Building Needs in Relation to International and National Product-related Environmental Regulations and other Requirements

Charuek Hengrasmee, Chirapat Popuang, Martin Charter, Ritu Kumar, August 2007

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Country report on the Chinese Electronics Sector: Issues and Capacity Building Needs in Relation to International and National Product-related Environmental Regulations and other Requirements

Min Jin, Changju Yang, Martin Charter, Ritu Kumar, August 2007

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Material Security: UK-Japan Workshop Summary

Martin Charter, July 2007

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Country Report on the Indian Electronics sector: Issues and Capacity Building Needs in Relation to International and National Product-related Environmental Regulations and other Requirements

Somnath Chatterjee, Ritu Kumar, Rajoo Goel, Martin Charter, May 2007

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Sustainable Innovation: Key Conclusions from Sustainable Innovation Conferences 2003–2006

Martin Charter & Tom Clark, May 2007

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Remanufacturing and Product Design

Casper Gray & Martin Charter, February 2007

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed for South-East England Development Agency (SEEDA)

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Resource Productivity, Efiiciency and Management: UK-Japan Workshop Summary

Martin Charter, December 2006

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Issues and Capacity-building Needs of the Asian Electronics Industry: In Complying with International Product-related Environmental Regulations and other Requirements

Martin Charter, Tom Clark, November 2006

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Commentary, Chapter 2, Case of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Martin Charter and Ritu Kumar, 2006

pp 108-113, United Nations Commission on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) Trade and Environment Review 2006, United Nations [ISBN 92-1-112688-6]

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Sustainable Public Procurement and Innovation

Martin Charter, Tom Clark, November 2006

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed for South-East England Development Agency (SEEDA)

Feasibility Study of an Eco-Innovation Lab

Martin Charter, Tom Clark, November 2006

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed for South-East England Development Agency (SEEDA)

Eco-Innovation Networks: Stage 1 and 2

Martin Charter, Tom Clark, November 2006

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed for South-East England Development Agency (SEEDA)

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE): Innovating Novel Recovery and Recycling Technologies in Japan

September 2005

Martin Charter from The Centre for Sustainable Design was a member of DTI Global Watch Mission team and contributory author

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Review of Product Design Tools: Focused on Eco (Packaging) Design

Martin Charter, Tom Clark, Katharine Robinson, Curtis Harnanan and Ursula Tischner, June 2005

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed for Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)

New Business Models

Graham Adams, Joachim Hafkesbrink, Stefan Steiner, September 2005

The Centre for Sustainable Design for Ecolife 2 project

Product-Service Systems in the Need Area ‘Information and Communication’

Martin Charter, Graham Adams and Tom Clark, 30th October 2004

The Centre for Sustainable Design for SusProNet project

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The ‘State of the Art’ in Eco-design in the Chinese, Taiwan and Hong Kong Electronics Sectors

Martin Charter, Joy Boyce and Dave Burrell, PERA, April 2004

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed for Dti, UK

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Functional Sales Report – Sustainable Business Opportunities

Graham Adams and Martin Charter, March 2004

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed for the Thematic Network ECOLIFE II

Sustainable Marketing: Understanding the Obstacles to and Opportunities for Involvement of Marketing Professionals in Sustainable Consumption

Martin Charter, Lynne Elvins and Graham Adams, February 2004

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed for SNTT, Japan (as part of Japan’s Sustainable Consumption research programme)

Integrated Product Policy (IPP), Consumption and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Reduction

Martin Charter and Tom Clark, March 2003

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed for AIST, Japan

Eco-design in the UK Electronics Sector

Martin Charter, March 2003

A case study, The Centre for Sustainable Design

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The ‘State of the Art’ in Eco-design in the Japanese Electronics Sector

Martin Charter, Eric Billet, Joy Boyce, Clive Grinyer and John Simmonds, November 2002

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed for DTI

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An Eco-design Route Map for the Taiwan Electronics Sector

Martin Charter and Tom Clark, October 2002

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed for the Taiwan Department of Industrial Technology and the Electronics Testing Centre

Ideas-based Sustainable Product Competition

Martin Charter and Gary Owen, 2002

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed for Hampshire County Council

Inventory of Environment-related Research in the Electrical and Electronics Sector in Europe

Edited by Arnold Tukker, Martin Charter Alexandra Kielkiewicz-Young and G.J. Ellen, 2001

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed for TNO, Netherlands

Stimulating Sustainable Trade in Electronics: Challenges, Realities and Strategies for the Indian Components Sector

Martin Charter acted as advisor to authors: Mohammed Saqib, Yashika Singh and Ritu Kumar, February 2001

International Institute for Environmental & Development (IIED), Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (RGICS) and Commonwealth Science Council (CSC), published by Ragiv Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi, India

Supply Chain Strategy and Evaluation I & II

Martin Charter, Alexandra Kielkiewicz-Young, Alex Young and Andrew Hughes, January 2001

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Eco-design: Strategies for Dissemination for SMEs, Part I: Overall Analysis and Conclusions

Edited by Arnold Tukker, Erick Haag and Peter Eder, Martin Charter and Inga Belmane, October 2000

European Science and Technology Observatory (ESTO) project report, Joint Research Council-Institute for Prospective Technological Studies for DG Environment (EC), Seville, Spain

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Eco-design: Strategies for Dissemination for SMEs, Part II

Edited by Arnold Tukker, Erick Haag and Peter Eder, Martin Charter and Inga Belmane, October 2000

European Science and Technology Observatory (ESTO) project report, Joint Research Centre-Institute for Prospective Technological Studies for DG Environment (EC), Seville, Spain

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Eco-design: European State of the Art, Part I: Comparative Analysis and Conclusions

Edited by Arnold Tukker, Erick Haag and Peter Eder, Martin Charter and Inga Belmane, European, May 2000

European Science and Technology Observatory (ESTO) project report, Joint Research Centre-Institute for Prospective Technological Studies for DG Environment (EC), Seville, Spain

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Eco-design: European State of the Art, Part II

Edited by Arnold Tukker, Erick Haag and Peter Eder, Martin Charter and Inga Belmane, May 2000

European Science and Technology Observatory (ESTO) project report, Joint Research Centre-Institute for Prospective Technological Studies for DG Environment (EC), Seville, Spain

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Eco-design Training and Employment

Martin Charter and Inga Belmane, February 2000

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed report for DG Environment (EC)

Identification of the Research Agenda and Issues in Relation to Clean Design

Martin Charter and Tom Clark, February 1997

The Centre for Sustainable Design completed report for the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK