Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Ecodesign strategies in Small- and Medium Sized Companies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The objective of this study is to find out how and why Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SME’s) practice ecodesign. This problem is investigated by conducting seven qualitative interviews with spokesmen from ecodesigning SME’s in The Netherlands. The motivations for the researched SME’s to practice ecodesign are that there are new business opportunities, that it improves the corporate image, that they have a desire to change production to benefit the environment, and out of (expected) governmental legislation. In this thesis it was found that the researched SME’s get their knowledge to ensure that their products are sustainable firstly from their employees. They also apply the method of trial and error, they consult scientific publications, suppliers, and on sustainability events. The Life Cycle Assessment was the only scientific method or tool that was used by the businesses of the respondents. The benefits of practicing ecodesign for the SME’s are that the demand for ecodesigned products is growing, that it improves the corporate image of the company, that it improves business to business relations, that it increases the loyalty of employees to their businesses through working on values that are important to them, and that it provides a new base for innovative ideas. Obstacles to practicing ecodesign seem to be that trade-offs have to be made and that consumers perceive that the ecodesigned products are overpriced.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 41
Series
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 22
Keywords [en]
Sustainable Development, Small and Medium Sized Businesses, Ecodesign, Motivations for Ecodesign, Ecodesign Methods and Tools
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-354983OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-354983DiVA, id: diva2:1223311
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
Presentation
2018-05-29, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 12:48 (English)
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-25 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

Ecodesign strategies in Small- and Medium Sized Companies(1458 kB)15 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 1458 kBChecksum SHA-512
889febf0d5144371f0e899a4e8126cdc54ea53fe8b9438776b7fc9e73eb9c67b50b3c25aef7ce59e5642e3ec00e8677b39cb8a1e7a57d622824d14146a8bb2bf
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Department of Earth Sciences
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 15 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 65 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf