Designing-in sustainability in industrial projects and processes

McLellan, Ben C. and Corder, Glen D. (2012). Designing-in sustainability in industrial projects and processes. In Design for innovative value towards a sustainable society: Proceedings of EcoDesign 2011: 7th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing (pp. 209-214) Kyoto, Japan: Springer.

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Author McLellan, Ben C.
Corder, Glen D.
Title of chapter Designing-in sustainability in industrial projects and processes
Title of book Design for innovative value towards a sustainable society: Proceedings of EcoDesign 2011: 7th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing
Place of Publication Kyoto, Japan
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-3010-6_41
Series 7th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing (EcoDesign 2011)
ISBN 9789400730106
Start page 209
End page 214
Total pages 6
Total chapters 238
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary Industrial projects represent significant potential for economic development in their host countries. Likewise, they
also present the potential to cause significant social and environmental impacts. While much consideration has
been put into the design for sustainability of products, there is still a significant gap in the integration of
sustainability considerations into industrial projects and processes. Moreover, there is an additional need to bridge
the theory of sustainable design and the “on-the-ground” needs of the designers of such projects. This paper
discusses one framework which has been developed to help bridge this gap, as well as the results and learnings
from its application to high impact “real world” projects. The paper discusses the problem from a range of
perspectives including: what the gap between current and ideal practice is, what needs to be incorporated in a
sustainable industrial project, what methods have been applied, and the relative theoretical and practical success of
the current framework.
Some of the key outcomes from the case studies to date have included the development of plans for the roll-out of
integrated social and environmental initiatives to reduce cost and environmental impact while improving societal
acceptance and resilience. Research learnings have indicated the need for a structured framework for identifying
potential opportunities and risks, as well as the importance of timing and integration with existing project
management systems.
Keyword Sustainable development
Design
Industrial
Process
Q-Index Code B1
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