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
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A strategy for product portfolio sustainability cannot be thought of in isolation from the variables influencing product success. Sustainability is a level of optimization of the product, as is variance optimization, cost optimization, reuse, and configurability. Learn in the white paper "Sustainable Product Development" how sustainability strategies can be identified and pragmatically implemented in the context of all success factors of the product.