Sustainable Product Development with METUS

Sustainable Product Development with METUS

Product architecture is the optimal backbone for sustainability strategies

  • Identify and evaluate the effects of sustainability initiatives on the operating result at an early stage.
  • Anchor materials, raw materials, transport routes and energy consumption as part of sustainable product planning 
  • Map and optimize the CO2 footprint of the products as a whole in the product architecture
  • Evaluate, plan and optimize product maintainability and upgradeability
  • Recognize and implement modularization strategy with high sustainability 
  • Optimize supplier and production strategy according to sustainable criteria

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Sustainable Product Development:
Here's how it is done

Mapping of sustainability criteria in the product architecture

The product architecture is a suitable evaluation and decision-making instance for identifying the challenges of sustainable product development and making decisions with a view to all relevant dependencies. This is where the link between the market and product perspectives in the product architecture is particularly effective.

Product-side and market-side sustainability work together

Market-side sustainability strategies serve to develop sustainable products and associated business models in line with market requirements. They serve to quickly transfer sustainability-relevant market requirements into product planning:

  • Identify future customer and regulatory requirements (e.g., CO2 certificates and penalties).
  • Improvement of the footprint in the use phase through new functions, e.g. through user feedback
  • Using the sustainability of the product portfolio as a competitive advantage

Product-side sustainability strategies serve to optimize the product portfolio with a view to sustainable product structures. They serve to optimize the product and its components according to sustainability criteria:

  • Drive technology decisions and trade-offs based on key sustainability criteria.
  • Optimize the product footprint at the material and component level with a view to reusable and recycled materials
  • Investigate modularization strategies to address repairability, upgradability, and end-of-life considerations
  • Benchmark product sustainability
  • Optimizing production in terms of energy, emissions, etc.
  • Compare the impact of different sourcing strategies on the footprint of products and processes

Carbon Footprint Calculator in METUS

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