Smart ecoDesign for Electronics


Eco-design and the Eco-design (EuP) Directive
20th-21st April 2009
University for the Creative Arts


Organised by: The Centre for Sustainable Design

A training course to help companies prepare for the compliance with the Energy using products (EuP)  Directive and to meet the challenge of Environmentally Conscious Design (Eco-design) of electrical and electronic components, products and systems


Due to the increased global concern over environmental issues, electronic designers, manufacturers, assemblers and ‘systems integrators’ are faced with challenge of meeting new customer expectations and also new regulations affecting the design, manufacture, use and disposal of their products.  With the WEEE and RoHS Directives already impacting heavily on businesses, the sector needs to understand how best to respond to increasing market and legislative pressures for improved environmentally conscious design, as evidenced by the EuP and REACH Directives and the global competitive pressures from countries like Japan and to capitalise on the opportunities for cost reduction, efficiency gains and improvements in product quality and marketability that Eco-design affords.

Why you should attend
The course will introduce the EuP directive, indicate the likely design requirements in the evolving implementing measures and the cover the compliance procedures. The course will also provide a fast-track to a basic understanding of the technical and management issues and overall business impacts of Eco-design including the design, supply chain and 'end of life' aspects. Delegates will gain greater awareness of the business impacts of Eco-design and increased knowledge and competence in how to develop more environmental friendly products, services and systems. The ability to adapt and react quickly to changing requirements will become an increasingly important asset. This will mean a growing need to develop in-house eco-design capabilities and to organise, manage and implement environmentally conscious Supply Chain (eSCM) and (EOLM) End of Life Management systems. The course is designed and delivered by experienced trainers who can bring a wealth of industrial, engineering and management experience alongside their environmental credentials. Training materials are constantly updated ensuring that they are up to date, cutting edge and tuned to the needs of industry.

  • All delegates will be able to fully assess the significance of  Eco-design to their operations and products in terms of market and legislative drivers and risks
  • Designers will be able to identify early stage indicators of likely mandatory design requirements in the EuP Directive  and also gain an understanding of the design implications of undertaking life cycle based environmental impact improvement measures beyond those required by law.
  • Design Managers will gain an understanding of the processes and procedures to be followed for compliance with the EuP Directive.
  • Managers will be better able to judge to what extent they should adopt Eco-design principles and measures over and above those required by law.
  • Designers will gain an understanding of how to work the process of Eco-design using tools provided.
  • Managers will be able to assess the resources and efforts needed to implement the necessary design measures and also identify and manage the supply chain and 'end of life' impacts arising from these.
  • Delegates will see the extent to which product cost savings can result from Eco-design courses.
  • Delegates will gain an insight into the opportunities for product and business innovation arising from Eco-design courses

What does the Course provide?

  • Two days tuition according to the programme above
  • A training booklet including the course material
  • Management and technical advice
  • Worldwide examples and case studies
  • Practical exercises to help you understand the finer points
  • Tools for product assessment and development
  • Free copy of AEDE eco-design software
  • Free CD including other eco-design tools,  7 reports (EC/Japan, Japan–Eco-design, Japan-Recycling, Hong-Kong/China/Taiwan, China, India, Thailand)
  • Free training manual on ‘Managing Eco-design’
  • Updates on legislative developments including the status of Implementing Measures for the EuP Directive
  • Coffee, lunches and dinner on the first night are included in the course fees

Who should attend?
Designers, engineers, technical or design managers, marketing, purchasing and business managers, quality assurance personnel from companies that design, manufacture, assemble or integrate electrical or electronic components, products and systems. The course has been designed so that the first day covers the “Why do it?” questions and the impact on business processes, while the second covers the “How to do it?” processes and focuses on design. This means that non-technical managers can attend on the first day only and gain an appropriate level of understanding, while technical personnel can attend both days.

Martin Charter
The Centre for Sustainable Design
University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, UK
Vic Clements
Consultant, UK

Course Programme

Day 1

Why do Eco design?

9.00am – 9.45am

Introduction and Ice breaking session.
What is Eco-design?  Why do it? What are the major drivers?
Group exercise

9.45am – 10.45am

Global strategic trends in environmental issues
Presentation and discussion

10.45am – 11.00am

Coffee break

11.00am – 12.30am

Policy, legislative and standards update  
An update on government policy developments related to environmental impact of products, new developments on the WEEE and RoHS Directives, and the implementation of REACH, review of the status of the implementing measures for the EuP Directive, introduction of WEEE and RoHS legislation in China and Korea

12.30pm – 1.00pm

Discussion and Q&A

1.00pm – 2.00pm


2.00pm – 4.30pm

Management of Eco-design.
Impact of adopting Eco-design on the business. Strategies for adoption, Integration into management systems. Supply chain issues. Marketing and ensuring maximum competitive advantage.
Engineering resources, knowledge and skills.
Presentation, case studies and exercises

4.00pm – 4.30pm

What is the AEDE Project?
Implications of AEDE

4.30pm – 5.00pm

Discussion and Q&A



Day 2

How to do Eco Design

9.00am – 9.15am

Introduction and review of day 1

9.15am – 9.45am

The Eco-design process, Integration with design and management systems, ISO TR 14062, IEC 62430, ISO 14006, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and EMAS

9.45am – 10.45am

Life Cycle Analysis and Assessment principles.
Environmental KPI’s Major environmentally significant product attributes.
Setting design goals - examples of commonly addressed design parameters.
Mandatory design requirements arising from EuP implementing measures.

10.45am – 11.00am

Complying with mandatory requirements, conformity assessment, technical documentation, CE Marking and certification

11.00am – 1.00pm

Eco-design Toolbox1
Basic Eco design tools. Choice of materials, plastics and metals.
Use of Checklists.
Presentation and exercises

1.00pm – 2.00pm


2.00pm – 4.00pm

Eco-design Toolbox 2
Evaluation: LCA exercise
Eco-innovation (PSS) exercise
'End of life' issues - dismantling and recyclability

4.00pm – 4.30pm

Demonstration of AEDE eco-design software.

4.30pm – 5.00pm

Discussion and review of training



The University for the Creative Arts at Farnham offers specialist teaching and research in a range of art, design, cinematics and communications areas.
The Farnham campus is situated 50 minutes by train from London Waterloo, with both London airports within easy reach (Heathrow via the M3, M25 and M4, and Gatwick via the M25 and M23).

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day 1 = £470.00
day 2 = £470.00
both days = £940.00

Please note VAT is not applicable to the above fees (VAT exempt)

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For Further information contact:
The Centre for Sustainable Design
University for the Creative Arts at Farnham
Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey

Tel: +44 (0) 1252 892772, Fax: +44 (0) 1252 892747.  
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