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Development of environmental performance indicators for ict products on the example of personal computers

Objective

EPIC-ICT will define environmental performance indicators for ICT products at the example of PCs. The indicators will relate to easy to define product properties, e.g. clock rate, energy demand etc., and are based on environmental impacts defined with LCA based on available technical specification of PCs and of its functions and components. Key method for the development of the indicators in EPIC-ICT will be Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). EPIC-ICT will - consider all life cycle phases and all relevant environ mental impacts - contribute to the reduction of environmental impacts of ICT equipment as foreseen in IPP and therefore promote the sustainability of ICT products - establish a basis for a future directive on EUP - contribute to the Kyoto protocol and 6t h Environment Action Programme - consider the viewpoints of manufacturers and regulators as well as environmental NGOs and other stakeholders of society A both effective and efficient method is therefore needed - combining scientific soundness, public acceptance and practical applicability (data demand, effort, concrete decision support) at the same time. Main key points are: 1) Identification of PC functions and customer demands (e.g. memory, performance, reliability) and of PC components and life cycle properties (e.g. kind of graphic card, power demand). 2) Translation of 1) into electronic specifics based on technical and physical units (e.g. size and number of layers and kind of substrates, PWB, etc.), based on "house of quality" known from Quality Function Deployment (QFD). 3) Application of available "Generic Modules" for LCA modelling with a minimum on effort (Generic Modules are pre- defined flexible and representative models). 4) Environmental evaluation and recursion/reference to de finitions in 1) and 2). 5) Identification of most relevant indicators by variation of 1) and 2) and recalculation of environmental results. Transfer to other ICT products

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SSP-3
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Address
Keplerstr. 7
Stuttgart
Germany

Participants (5)

MOTOROLA GMBH
Germany
Address
Heinrich-hertz-strasse 1
Taunusstein
PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Boschdijk 525 (Please Use For Correspondance: Po Box 218 (Bld San-5204), 5600 Md Eindh.)
Eindhoven
AMBIENTE ITALIA SRL
Italy
Address
Via Carlo Poerio 39
Milano
DELL PRODUCTS EUROPE B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Kabelweg 37
Amsterdam
PE EUROPE
Germany
Address
Hauptstrasse 111-113
Leinfelden-echterdingen