Introduction

Concern about the sustainability of products is growing rapidly, particularly because of global warming. At present, much of the response to this concern has focused on development of measurements of likely impacts. However, whilst allocating impacts to products helps to inform final consumer choice, it does not help to identify improvements to product design or production. It is also unclear that a sufficiently large reduction in impact can be made through incremental adjustments in the way that existing products are made. Our research therefore aims to identify the physical, commercial and systematic changes needed to make the required reduction in the environmental impact of production, use and disposal of products, and to develop and demonstrate new approaches.

Our research aims to identify answers to this question and to support different approaches through the development of innovative technologies:

The links on the left describe our current and recent projects in this area, all of which have been developed in close collaboration with industrial partners.