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Product Groups/Sectors and Companies to Target for Maximising Environmental Improvement in Products - EV0463

With a view to reducing the GHG emissions and wider environmental impacts associated with products, Defra SPC Assessment and Tools team are developing their strategy for increasing the uptake in business of Carbon Footprint (CF) and wider Life Cycle Thinking/Assessment (LCT/LCA) – to assess the impacts of products.

The Defra SPC Product Roadmap team are also considering approaches for increasing uptake in business of ecodesign - to prevent, minimise and manage the life cycle environmental impacts.

Two strategies are proposed to maximise the environmental impact reduction opportunities that can support the work of both Defra SPC teams:-
- Targeting those product groups/sectors with the most significant GHG emissions and wider environmental impacts (resource depletion (energy and water), waste, toxicity etc.) across their supply chain.
- Within these product groups/sectors targeting those organisations that can drive product related environmental improvements across the supply chain. These are consumer product retailers with significant purchasing power and the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) (i.e. the brand owner with control over the product design and specification).

As a first step in developing the strategy, this project will identify the product groups/sectors and companies within them to target.

This study was undertaken by Global View Sustainability Services Ltd (GVSS) under the SCPW framework contract administrated by AEA
Project Documents
• Final Report : Targeting Environmental Improvement in High Impact Products & Services   (2466k)
• Executive Summary : Targeting Environmental Improvement in High Impacts Products & Services   (577k)
• Final Report - Annex : ANNEX 1 - Targeting Environmental Improvement in High Impact Products & Services   (1457k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2010

Cost: £19,300
Contractor / Funded Organisations
AEA Technology
Environmental Impacts              
LCA-Life Cycle Assessment              
Products and Processes              
Sustainable Consumption and Production              
Sustainable Development              
Sustainable Resource Consumption and Management              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production