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HB 207.

22003
ISO/TR 14062:2002

HB 207.2

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Environmental management Integrating environmental aspects into product design and development

This Handbook was prepared by Committee QR-011, Environmental Management Systems. It was published on 17 July 2003.

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The following are represented on Committee QR-011: Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business New Zealand Certification Bodies, Australia Corporate Environmental Managers Group Environment Business Australia Environment Institute of Australia Institute of Internal Auditors, Australia Institution of Engineers Australia Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand Minerals Council of Australia National Environment Protection Council New Zealand Chemical Industry Council Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association Primary Industries and Resources, SA Sydney Catchment Authority

This Standard was issued in draft form for comment as DR 03258

HB 207.22003

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Environmental management Integrating environmental aspects into product design and development

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Standards Australia International All rights are reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or copied in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, without the written permission of the publisher. Published by Standards Australia International Ltd GPO Box 5420, Sydney, NSW 2001, Australia
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PREFACE
This Handbook was prepared by the Standards Australia Committee QR-011, Environmental Management Systems. This Handbook is identical with, and has been reproduced, from ISO/TR 14062:2002, Environmental managementIntegrating environmental aspects into product design and development. The objective of this Handbook is to provide guidance on concepts and current practices relating to the integration of environmental aspects into product (goods or services) design and development. As this Handbook is reproduced from an International Handbook, the following applies:
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(a) (b) (c)

Its number does not appear on each page of text and its identity is shown only on the cover and title page. In the source text this Technical Report should read this Handbook. A full point should be substituted for a comma when referring to a decimal marker.

References to International Standards should be replaced by references to Australian or Australian/New Zealand Standards, as follows: Reference to International Standard ISO 14050 Environmental management Vocabulary Australian Standard AS ISO 14050 Environmental management Vocabulary

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CONTENTS

Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................ iv 1 2 3 4 5 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 6 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 7 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 8 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Scope...................................................................................................................................................... 1 Normative references ........................................................................................................................... 1 Terms and definitions........................................................................................................................... 1 Goal and potential benefits .................................................................................................................. 3 Strategic considerations ...................................................................................................................... 3 General ................................................................................................................................................... 3 Organizational issues ........................................................................................................................... 4 Product-related issues ......................................................................................................................... 4 Communication ..................................................................................................................................... 4 Management considerations ............................................................................................................... 5 General ................................................................................................................................................... 5 Management role................................................................................................................................... 5 Proactive approach............................................................................................................................... 6 Support from existing management systems .................................................................................... 6 Multidisciplinary approach .................................................................................................................. 6 Supply-chain management .................................................................................................................. 7 Product considerations ........................................................................................................................ 7 General ................................................................................................................................................... 7 Product-related environmental aspects and impacts ....................................................................... 8 Basic issues .......................................................................................................................................... 9 Strategic product-related environmental objectives....................................................................... 12 Design approaches ............................................................................................................................. 13 Product design and development process ...................................................................................... 13 General ................................................................................................................................................. 13 Common issues .................................................................................................................................. 13 Product design and development process and integration of environmental aspects .............. 14 General review of the product design and development process ................................................. 20

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INTRODUCTION

All products, that is, all goods or services, have some impact on the environment, which may occur at any or all stages of the products life cycle: raw material acquisition, manufacture, distribution, use and disposal. These impacts may range from slight to significant; they may be short-term or long-term; and they may occur at the local, regional or global level (or combination thereof). The interest of customers, users, developers and others in the environmental aspects and impacts of products is increasing. This interest is reflected in discussions among business, consumers, governments and nongovernmental organizations concerning sustainable development, eco-efficiency, design for the environment, product stewardship, international agreements, trade measures, national legislation, and government or sector based voluntary initiatives. This interest is also reflected in the economics of various market segments that are recognizing and taking advantage of these new approaches to product design. These new approaches may result in improved resource and process efficiencies, potential product differentiation, reduction in regulatory burden and potential liability, and costs savings. In addition, globalization of markets, shifts in sourcing, manufacturing and distributing all influence the supply chain, and therefore have an impact on the environment. More organizations are coming to realize that there are substantial benefits in integrating environmental aspects into product design and development. Some of these benefits may include: lower costs, stimulation of innovation, new business opportunities, and improved product quality. Anticipating or identifying the environmental aspects of a product throughout its life cycle may be complex. It is important to consider its function within the context of the system where it will be used. A products environmental aspects must also be balanced against other factors, such as the products intended function, performance, safety and health, cost, marketability, quality, and legal and regulatory requirements. The process of integrating environmental aspects into product design and development is continual and flexible, promoting creativity and maximizing innovation and opportunities for environmental improvement. As a basis for this integration, environmental issues may be addressed in the policies and strategies of the organization involved. Early identification and planning enables organizations to make effective decisions about environmental aspects that they control and to better understand how their decisions may affect environmental aspects controlled by others, i.e. at the raw material acquisition or end-of-life stages. This Technical Report is intended for use by all those involved in the design and development of products, regardless of organization type, size, location and complexity, and for all types of products whether new or modified. It is written for those directly involved in the process of product design and development and for those responsible for the policy/decision making process. The information provided by this Technical Report may also be of interest to external stakeholders who are not directly involved in the product design and development process.

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Environmental management Integrating environmental aspects into product design and development

Scope

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This Technical Report describes concepts and current practices relating to the integration of environmental aspects into product design and development, where product is understood to cover both goods and services. This Technical Report is applicable to the development of sector-specific documents. It is not applicable as a specification for certification and registration purposes.

Normative references

The following referenced documents are indispensable for the application of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies. ISO 14050, Environmental management Vocabulary

Terms and definitions

For the purposes of this document, the terms and definitions given in ISO 14050 and the following apply. 3.1 process set of interrelated or interacting activities which transforms inputs into outputs
NOTE 1 NOTE 2 Inputs to a process are generally outputs of other processes. Processes in an organization are generally planned and carried out under controlled conditions to add value.

[ISO 9000:2000, 3.4.1] 3.2 product any goods or service


NOTE 1 The product can be categorized as follows:

services (e.g. transport); software (e.g. computer program, dictionary); hardware (e.g. engine mechanical part); processed materials (e.g. lubricant).

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