News: UK - WRAP launches product lifetime optimisation tool
WRAP has published a ‘simple to use’ tool for the modelling of a product’s optimum lifetime, based on its environmental impacts. The tool, produced by Oakdene Hollins, is designed to be used by all involved in a product’s lifetime.
Monday, 22nd August 2011
This includes designers and manufacturers through to users and remanufacturers. Ten model products are already provided within, with the option for users to add their own data. The tool allows users to model different scenarios to identify whether replacing with new or life-extension is the most environmentally friendly option for a product at the end of its life. This is accomplished by considering factors such as the product’s lifetime, original manufacturing impact, changes to energy efficiency and impact of life extension. Parameters can be adjusted to model different scenarios for their comparison. The environmental impact is measured using four indicators: Carbon footprint, energy impact, water impact, and resource use, which are compared on a simple graph and advice about options given. A report can also be produced for each scenario to provide easy to follow guidance. More details about the tool can be found on WRAP’s website, with the tool available on request (see link). For more information contact Adrian Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org.