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Exchange Of Experiences In The Field of Resource Efficiency

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  • 1. our role build capacity and capabilities so that effective ecodesign can happen. ‘capacity’ refers to the overall ability of a ‘system’ to create value, to perform effectively. ‘capabilities’ refers to the building blocks of an organisations overall capability to perform. ecodesign = good design = good business practice, i.e. includes embedding sustainability in business strategies. www.edcw.org
  • 2. www.edcw.org
  • 3. general observations - SMEs • need inspiration to engage with ecodesign – non-standard drivers • expect local knowledge from Business Support Organisations / intermediaries • benefit from long-term relationships (not dependency) – negotiating risks, building capacity, trust, confidence • benefit from partnerships – industry as service provider • listen to appropriate language • require flexible financial support www.edcw.org
  • 4. sample project: SME demonstration 1-year ecodesign support package (ESP) with access to: • Ecodesign Centre Wales (EDC) in-house team: specialist guidance, facilitation, research, monitoring and promotion. • EDC Commercial support partnership (CSP) sessions: A platform for partner companies to share experiences. Supported by relevant technical and commercial know-how from industry-based experts. • Up to £20,000 (sterling) per company: Assigned to specific ecodesign aspects of the projects. www.edcw.org
  • 5. process www.edcw.org
  • 6. initial outcomes o companies successfully adopted ecodesign principles when developing new products, packaging and services. o best practice ecodesign exemplars. o e.g. energy-efficient laser diode modules, environmentally superior food packaging, solar powered phone charger suitable for low-light conditions, task chair designed for closed loop material management o all of the companies ‘have suggested that they’ have the confidence, motivation and capability to take the learning forward. www.edcw.org
  • 7. case study overview • Company | Orangebox are a UK market leader in the research, development, manufacture and service of seating for the commercial environment. They aspire to lead the way in closing material loops. • Project | Ecodesign, material analysis (using the cradle to cradle approach) and end-of-life management strategies in the context of new product development (task chair) and overall business strategy. • External Partners | EDC, EPEA (Hamburg), EDC CSP network www.edcw.org
  • 8. framework conditions? internal strategic external operational soft competencies hard capabilities www.edcw.org
  • 9. next stage • in-depth evaluation to understand process of change taking place …….. – areas of interest include: – was the intervention at the right level? – what were the actual outputs and outcomes? – did the intervention increase their ability to perform, i.e. raise capacity? – what were the key elements of the building blocks to increasing ecodesign performance, i.e. individual competencies and organisations capabilities? – what is the absorbtive capacity of the companies? • provide evidence based policy guidance and recommendations. www.edcw.org
  • 10. initial recommendations • identify focus areas for intervention – from an innovation systems perspective • create platforms for the open sharing of knowledge and experiences • build capacity in companies and existing business support infrastructure • embed ecodesign and sustainability in higher/further, professional training, etc • build capacity in the indigenous design sector • establishing a culture of policy learning • facilitate horizontalisation across policy domains • there is no silver bullet but there are strategies that can be applied! www.edcw.org
  • 11. Thank you for listening …….. Thanks also to the EDC team, our funder (Welsh Assembly Government) and the four companies for being part of this journey … www.edcw.org frank@edcw.org

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