Resource Efficiency Collaborations

More on how Granta supports Environmental applications 

ADSADS Design for Environment Group

Type: Industry Group

Website: http://om.adsgroup.org.uk/CommitteeView.aspx?committeecode=84059&infocode=COMM

ADS is the premier trade organisation advancing the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries. Its for Environment Group was set up to develop standards for the industry to ensure the deployment of eco-design in the ADS supply chain (methodology and metrics), and anticipate eco-design and product sustainability related risks presented to the ADS sectors. Granta have an active role in this industry group, providing expertise on materials information management as well as the assessment of life cycle impacts and risks associated with restricted substances, critical materials and, conflict minerals. Granta co-fund an Engineering Doctorate student at the University of Surrey to work on standardised environmental indicators.


ASTMASTM E60

Type: Industry Group

Website: www.astm.org/COMMITTEE/E60.htm

Granta participates in the ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability, which is developing Standards that will play a preeminent role in all aspects of sustainability and sustainable development.


CE100 logoCircular Economy 100 Group

Type: Industry Group

Website: www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/business/ce100

Granta Design is a member of the Circular Economy 100 (CE100) programme. This group of leading companies, universities, and emerging innovators, coordinated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, is developing new approaches and tools that can lead the transition to a 'circular economy'. A circular economy is one that is: restorative by intention; aims to rely on renewable energy; minimises the use of toxic chemicals; and eradicates waste through careful design. Decisions about materials are central to realising this vision. Our work has included: a project to develop a new metric for product circularity; making tools for reporting on product risk and resource efficiency available to members; and involvement in the ResCom project (below).

More on our work with CE100 members 


GENESI logoG.EN.ESI (a European Union FP7 project)

Type: Completed Collaborative Project

Website: genesi-fp7.eu

Partners: Universita Politecnica della Marche, Bonfiglioli Vectron, Faber, Sibuet Environment, University of Bath, Grenoble INP, Granta Design

This project aimed to develop an eco-design methodology and a related software design tool able to help product designers in ecological design choices, without losing sight of cost and typical practicalities of industry. The software platform proposed a guided process towards eco-design among several design choices based on the different scenarios of product lifecycle. The proposed approach was applied to the household appliance field but it can be easily extended to other mechatronic products. The project started in February 2012 and continued until January 2015. Granta provided expertise and a platform for the communication between of a variety of leading eco-design tools to enable a more robust and supply chain oriented approach to the effective reduction of cost and environmental impacts at the design stage.

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IOM3IOM3 Sustainable Development

Type: Industry Group

Website: www.iom3.org/content/sustainable-development-group

The Sustainable Development Group (SDG) is the centre of expertise on Sustainability and the Environment in IOM3 (the UK's Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining). Its roles include the promotion of whole life-cycle thinking across the professional interests of the members of IOM3 and it provides a body of expertise to respond to requests to the Institute for opinions on sustainable development and the environment. Granta provides expert input to this group to assist in coordinating relevant events and communities in the area of sustainable development in its broadest context, drawing upon relevant expertise in eco-design, restricted substances and critical materials.


KTP Built Environment & Construction Industries Project

Type: Active Collaborative Project

The goal of this project is to develop a tool for the Built Environment and Construction sectors with a focus on cost, environmental, and performance metrics to allow resource efficient selection of materials and components in design practice. This project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Programme and the Knowledge Transfer Partner is the University of Cambridge, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Division.


Life Plus logoCircular Economy Metrics (LIFE+)

Type: Completed Collaborative Project

Website: www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/business/life-plus-project

Partners: Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Cisco, Desso, Dorel, Kingfisher, Nespresso, Rolls-Royce

Working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, this project demonstrated that the concept of a ‘circular economy’ offers a practical alternative to the linear approach. It did this by developing and trialing a novel Product level and Company level Circular Economy Metrics methodology for measuring the performance of product and enterprises in the transition to the circular economy. Granta developed the first web tool for these Circular Economy metrics.


ResCom logoResCom (a European Union FP7 project)

Type: Active Collaborative Project

Website: www.rescoms.eu/rescom

Partners: KTH, Fraunhofer, TU Delft, INSEAD, Eurostep, Ideal & Co, Granta Design, Gorenje, Tedrive Steering, Loewe, Bugaboo, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The main objective of the "Resource Conservative Manufacturing" (ResCoM) project is to develop an innovative framework and a collaborative software platform for the industrial implementation of closed-loop manufacturing systems. To support the pilot operations, the ResCoM consortium will develop a software platform consisting of a closed-loop product lifecycle management module coupled with a materials information module. The platform will help guide design decisions by illustrating the benefits of closed loop product design in terms of resource efficiency, CO2 production and energy use, and will provide business metrics such as lifecycle cost estimates, rapid identification of critical materials, product specific and remanufacturing considerations and legislative requirements. Granta are providing web based tools for the assessment of Bills of Materials in relation to the life cycle impacts associated with products transitioning from a Linear economy to a Circular Economy.