Environmental labeling of electrical electronic equipment (EEE) in France: information for consumers

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nadège Troussier
Author: Bertrand, Axelle Noémie (1,2); Bauer, Tom (3); Charbuillet, Carole (3); Bonte, Martin (2); Voyer, Marie (2); Perry, Nicolas (1)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Arts et Métiers, CNRS, Université de Bordeaux, I2M Bordeaux, F-33405 Talence Cedex, France; 2: Qweeko, 150 rue Mondenard, 33000 Bordeaux, France; 3: Arts et Métiers, CNRS, Université de Bordeaux, I2M - site de Chambéry, F-73375 Le Bourget-du-Lac, France
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 1665-1674
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2023.167


The current regulatory framework for Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) is changing and now requires manufacturers to disclose the environmental performance of their products. This means that manufacturers must perform a life cycle analysis (LCA) on their entire range of products. An LCA is a recognized and standardized methodology for assessing the environmental impact of activities. However, communicating this information to consumers is challenging because it can be complicated.

Despite this challenge, there is currently no common standard for communicating environmental information to consumers. The objective of this study is to explore the best practices for conveying environmental information. To achive this, a review of current environmental labeling approaches and recommendations available in the literature is conducted. Additionally, consumer requirements are collected and analyzed through a questionnaire that employs both quantitative and qualitative methods. The information collected is then used to develop the best practices for implementing environmental labeling for EEE.

Keywords: Design management, Circular economy, Complexity, environmental display, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE)

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