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Understanding the priorities of designers for an ecodesign support during environmentally sustainable product development

Prashant Kumar Singh (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Rupnagar, India)
Prabir Sarkar (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Rupnagar, India)

World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2042-5945

Article publication date: 2 February 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The main purpose of this research is to understand the priorities of designers for an ecodesign support, while developing environmentally sustainable products. Also, this study identifies the requirements of the designers for managing the environmental quality of products.

Design/methodology/approach

This research is conducted in two phases of survey. In the first phase, various requirements of designers are collected, refined and segregated under certain well defined characteristics of the ecodesign support. In second phase, the designers are asked to rank each characteristic of the ecodesign support in a questionnaire. The responses obtained from the designers are analyzed separately for engineering designers and design researchers by using Henry Garrett ranking technique to identify the priorities of designers for an ecodesign support.

Findings

Results show that there is a contrast between the perspective of engineering designers and design researchers, and their priorities for an ecodesign support are opposite to each other. Thus it can be understood that the features which are added by design researchers in ecodesign support may not be adequate for engineering designers to manage the environmental quality of products.

Originality/value

The designers play a key role in the development of environmentally benign products through the use of different ecodesign supports (i.e. tools or methods). Therefore, it is important to understand the desired characteristics of the ecodesign support from designer's perspective. Also, the priorities of designers from academia (design researchers) and industry (engineering designers) must be understood because they are the two stakeholders indulged in the development and usage of various ecodesign supports for environmentally conscious product development (ECPD).

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Citation

Singh, P.K. and Sarkar, P. (2021), "Understanding the priorities of designers for an ecodesign support during environmentally sustainable product development", World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 76-92. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJSTSD-12-2020-0101

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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