The Centre for Sustainable Design received funding via the Adapt programme of the European Social Fund (ESF) to develop a two year training programme called ETMUEL focusing on the implementation of environmental considerations in product development and design (eco-design) in the electronics sector. The ETMUEL programme was designed to provide a range of ‘bottom-line’ benefits to project participants:
- increased awareness of strategic environmental issues
- training of key personnel
- increased business competence
- best practice benchmarking
- new business opportunities
- added value.
There was a range of business benefits that the ETMUEL programme brought to participants through the implementation of eco-design programmes:
- legal compliance
- cost savings
- increased competitiveness
- increased innovation
- reduced environmental impacts.
The ETMUEL project was very successful, and included case studies, the development of simple eco-design tools for use by SMEs, and the Smart ecoDesign™ training.
Eco-Design and Supply Chain Management, 28 June 1999
Eco-Design SME Case Study: Crawford, Hansford & Kimber (CH&K)
"Adding Value to the Supply Chain with Smart ecoDesign"
Eco-Design in Supply Chain Case Study: Cable & Wireless (C&W)
Eco-design and the Supply Chain: Influence Suppliers
Free downloadable tools covering management and technical aspects of eco-design
See below for the different eco-design tools
Development of the Smart ecoDesign™
Since the ETMUEL project has completed, the deliverables have been incorporated into seeba, and the tools developed further. These tools are free to use by anybody and have been used or adapted by many organisations around the world.