Defining the challenges for ecodesign implementation in companies: development and consolidation of a framework

Elies A. Dekoninck, Lucie Domingo, Jamie A. O'Hare, Daniela C. A. Pigosso, Tatiana Reyes, Nadege Troussier

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This study addresses the problem of the slow take-up of ecodesign in industry by identifying and categorising the implementation challenges faced by practitioners. Case studies from nine manufacturing companies from five different countries are reported based on interviews with key ecodesign personnel. A literature-derived framework is used to analyse each case, allowing for robust cross-case analysis. Challenges are identified in five areas: strategy, tools, collaboration, management and knowledge. The management category of challenges is the most frequently mentioned by the companies sampled. The tools category is not as prominent as might have been expected given the on-going focus on tool development within this field. The main contributions of the study are the updating of the main challenges for ecodesign implementation faced by industry, and the development of a rich framework of challenges, including new challenges not previously mentioned in the literature. It is suggested that the framework can be used (and evolved) by other ecodesign researchers when developing surveys or questions for in-depth case study interviews as this will facilitate more robust comparisons between studies and support the development of a more consolidated body of knowledge in this field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410–425
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Early online date11 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • Ecodesign; Design for environment; Implementation; Challenge; Framework


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