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Tech Topic Series: Eco-Design for Circular Electronics Economy, Webinar #6

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iNEMI’s Eco-Design for Circular Electronics Economy is a series of three interactive webinars featuring experts from leading organizations that are doing innovative/beyond-compliance eco-design work. The series will be an avenue for eco-design leaders to showcase their thought processes, strategies, successes and failures. The goal is to capture the best and most innovative practices being used today and to highlight the processes these leaders follow to determine where to focus their eco-design efforts. All webinars will be recorded for broader distribution and exposure. Download an introduction to the series.


Webinar #6
November 4, 2021


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Presentation Synopsis

Embedding Eco-Design and Circular Economy Concepts in Product Design

Barco provides visualization solutions, everything from medical displays to conference systems to digital cinema projectors. The company began CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) reporting in 2016 and CO2 assessment of environmental impact in 2017. Realizing that product sustainability is about more than climate change (CO2), Barco determined that dedicated impact mapping and management was needed.     https://www.cdp.net/en

The company defined specific targets, initially covering CO2 impact, energy efficiency and eco-design to lower Barco’s environmental footprint and that of their customers. For circular solutions, the company focuses on hardware, software and service. 

Barco looked for third-party tools for eco labels, but could not find a scoring mechanism that was a 100% fit for Barco’s B2B product portfolio, so they developed their own Barco Ecoscore Tool, which serves many functions:
  • Internal motivation tool to perform honest eco-design
  • Regulatory anticipation tool
  • Ensure continuous improvement according to ISO 14001
  • Introduce company-wide eco-design policies
  • Objective external communication
  • Stimulate innovation and selection of more sustainable materials
  • Sets objective eco-design metrics
  • Fully integrated in the development process including OEM/ODM
  • Allows to compare products internally
The tool is updated annually and covers four major life cycle domains: energy efficiency, material use, packaging and end of life. Jan explained the scoring principles used and how a product score (A++, A+, A, B, C or D) is determined.