G.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.