Environmental impact of products

Our commitment:
Assess and optimise the environmental impact of our products

Our objectives

Assessing and improving the environmental impact of our products
Product design: The environmental performance of a product starts with good ecodesign.

By 2014 – Identify and address the sustainability hotspots for 12 product categories.

By 2014 – Extend the EcodEX ecodesign tool to all research and development locations.

Our progress

In 2013, sustainability hotspots were identified and addressed for 12 product categories (2012: eight categories), while the EcodEX ecodesign tool has been rolled out to all Product Technology Centres (2012: four locations). All new products undergo an environmental sustainability assessment.

Our perspective

The environmental performance of a product starts with good ecodesign, and this relies on product development teams having a clear understanding of environmental life-cycle impacts. To make informed decisions, our teams require accurate databases, which can reflect improvement. We have carried out life-cycle assessments (LCAs) for all main product categories, summarised them and shared the data internally through Sustainability Category Profiles. We have also partnered to create EcodEX – a tool that gives product designers a faster way to analyse impacts. We are rolling it out in phases to ensure it is adopted effectively and to address the challenges raised by new users, such as getting used to interpreting LCA results.

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