Environmental standards

The most effective means of promoting the principles of environmental quality in the context of design intervention, is the creation of standards which encourage a preventive approach to environmental problems.
Standards have the great advantage of promoting the importance of design in industrial production and product development. It is now normal practice for the designer to have knowledge of and to refer to the relevant national and international norms. Thus, the inclusion of environmental parameters within these standards guarantees an immediate response.
Various national and international regulatory bodies have initiated research into instruments of standardization aimed at improving the environmental impact of industrial production.
The International Standard Organization, through ISO 14000 series, has first begun to standardize the implementation of Environmental Management Systems, and subsequently has considered the instruments and procedures which serve to introduce environmental variables into companies management (Environmental Audit, Environmental Labeling, Life Cycle Assessment). Of the standards of the 14000 series, we note those expressly addressing product life cycle and Design for Environment:

  • ISO 14040 series - Reference standards for Life Cycle Assessment, give guidelines on the principles and conduct of environmental analysis of product’s life cycle

  • ISO 14062 - Reference technical report for integrating environmental aspects into product design and development, gives guidelines for improvement of environmental performance of product development process




















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