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Copenhagen

Detailed description of the Good Practice

If you want to solve the environmental problems related to production, use and disposal of industrial products, it is not enough to look at the production process, you have to start when the products are designed. This was the starting point for UMIP (Development of environmental friendly industrial products) which received The Environmental Award of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 1996.

Five leading Danish industrial companies participated in the project: Gram A/S, Bang og Olufsen, KEW Industri, Grundfos and Danfoss,together with the Technical University of Denmark and the Danish Confederation of Industry. Through the project, a method was developed for simulation of the resource consumption and effects on the environment the development of a complex product would entail. This model was used to test alternative concepts for refrigerators (Gram), televisions (B & O), high pressure cleaners (KEW), pumps (Grundfos) and for an elektrohydraulic activation unit (Danfoss).

The method makes it possible to calculate how big a strain on the environment a product unit represents, compared to that entailed by the average Dane*s annual consumption.. It also assesses the consumption of finite resources in realtion to each human being's fair share in known reserves. Software and guidelines was developed both for CEOs and company boards, and for technicians.

assessment

Objectives of the Good Practice

to stimulate resource consumption and assess effects on the environment that the development of a complex product entails

Participants of the Good Practice

Five leading Danish industrial companies participated in the project: Gram A/S, Bang og Olufsen, KEW Industri, Grundfos and Danfoss,together with the Technical University of Denmark and the Danish Confederation of Industry.

Funding of the Good Practice

Rådet for Renere Teknologi og Genanvendelse (Danish Council on Cleaner Technology and Recycling)

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Available files

Contact details

Dansk Industri (Danish Confederation of Industry)
Address H.C. Andersens Boulevard 18, DK-1787 København V
Description Hovedorganisasjon for dansk næringsliv
Telephone +45-33 77 33 77
Telefax +45-33 77 33 00
E-mail di@di.dk
WEB-address http://www.di.dk

Name Institute for Product Development, Technical University of Denmark
Address Building 423, DTU, DK-2800 Lyngby
Connected to Danmarks tekniske Universitet
Telephone +45-45 93 44 41
Telefax +45-45 88 25 25
E-mail ipuadm@ipu.dtu.dk
WEB-address http://www1.dtu.dk/ipu

Name Miljøstyrelsen (Danish EPA)
Address Strandgade 29, DK-1401 København K
Description Utøvende organ for miljøforvaltning under det danske Miljø- og Energiministeriet
Telephone +45-32 66 01 00
Telefax +45-32 66 04 79
E-mail mst@mst.dk
WEB-address http://www.mst.dk

Data sources and references

Stiftelsen Idebanken
http://idebanken.no/english/Goodexamples/hoved.html (Accessed April 9, 2009)