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The Deployment of Product-Related Environmental Legislation into Product Requirements

Section of Engineering Design and Product Development, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Produktionstorvet, Building 426, Kongens Lyngby 2800, Denmark
Nucleous of Advanced Manufacturing, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of São Paulo, Avenida Trabalhador São Carlense, 400, São Carlos SP 13566-590, Brazil
Institute for Technological Research of São Paulo, Av. Prof. Almeida Prado, 532, Cidade Universitária, São Paulo SP 05508-901, Brazil
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Academic Editor: Giuseppe Ioppolo
Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 332;
Received: 21 January 2016 / Revised: 25 March 2016 / Accepted: 29 March 2016 / Published: 6 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Environmental legislation is increasingly changing its focus from manufacturing-oriented to product-oriented instruments. Compliance with product-related environmental legislation is achieved by the incorporation of environmental requirements into the early phases of the product development process (PDP). Nevertheless, the deployment of product-related environmental legislation into product requirements is still a challenge. This study followed an inductive approach to propose a guideline to support the identification, analysis and deployment of product requirements based on product-related environmental legislation. The guideline is composed of nine steps, clustered into three groups according to their main objective: (A) identification of environmental product-related legislation; (B) identification of legislative topics to be considered for the deployment of requirements; and (C) creation and validation of product requirements. The product requirements deployed are to be considered during the PDP. The guideline was evaluated in an expert consultation in a large manufacturing company, suggesting that it can be used to support the systematization and deployment of product-related environmental requirements. View Full-Text
Keywords: legislative compliance; ecodesign; sustainability; environmental requirements; product development; innovation management legislative compliance; ecodesign; sustainability; environmental requirements; product development; innovation management

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Pigosso, D.C.A.; Ferraz, M.; Teixeira, C.E.; Rozenfeld, H. The Deployment of Product-Related Environmental Legislation into Product Requirements. Sustainability 2016, 8, 332.

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