Basics in EcoDesign and the UNEP/SETAC life cycle initiative
Transferring life cycle thinking into business practice requires applicable assessment tools and management approaches. Different methods from screening eco design tools to full Life Cycle Assessment have been developed for fostering environmentally compatible electronics design. Life Cycle Assessment still deals with many obstacles, limiting its integration into electronics design workflows. The paper describes the state of the art for eco design in electronics and potential improvements for life cycle thinking to be achieved by the global Life Cycle Initiative of UNEP. EL The specific needs of the electronics sector regarding life cycle thinking and LCA will be discussed. As a case study for screening assessments an evaluation of a multifunctional chip card is presented, referring to end-of-life scenarios.