Sustainable Products

The manufacturing industry faces the challenge of reducing the ecological footprint throughout the entire product life cycle – even where no direct influence is possible. ROI-EFESO helps companies to holistically analyze the sustainability footprint of physical products, software, and services and to develop and implement improvement approaches.


Sustainable Product Development

  • Transparency: evaluation of the product design regarding repairability and upgradeability, useful life and recyclability; use of life cycle engineering (LCE) methods to evaluate the ecological product footprint from procurement and production to consumption, recycling and reuse.
  • Organization: integration of sustainability and EHS (environment, health, safety) functions into the development and industrialization of products.
  • Sustainability by product design: aligning product design on the development of products that are low in emissions and consumption and allow for sustainable use – for example by using renewable and biodegradable materials, developing products for dismantling and repair, and reducing the use of harmful materials.
  • Digitalization of product development: use of digital "sustainability twins"; simulation and virtualization of prototyping to reduce physical waste.
  • Material consumption: reduction of the proportion of critical and non-recyclable materials in products and packaging in favor of renewable and biodegradable materials as well as the use of standard, carry-over or recycled parts and components (frugal development).
  • Compliance Management: ensuring technical and ecological compliance (REACH, digital product passport, etc.), certification of products and development processes and consideration of material compliance criteria.


Sustainable Product Use and Recycling

  • Life cycle analysis: estimating the price elasticity of customers with regard to sustainable functions and simulating corresponding customer experiences and added value.
  • Optimization of scope 3 downstream: development of approaches to reduce emissions generated on the customer side through the transport, use and recycling of products.
  • Predictive maintenance & refit: identification and integration of sustainability potential for predictive maintenance and environmentally friendly upgradability of products.
  • Circular economy: expansion of the value creation analysis to include sustainability criteria and consideration of the potential of the circular economy as well as the development of an infrastructure for recycling.
  • Product lifespan: extending the period of use, e.g. through effective and cost-efficient approaches for repairing, refurbishing and reusing products or components.



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Case Studies

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Case Study

In a pharmaceutical company that has established itself at the forefront of the industry with an extensive portfolio of hospital and medicinal products. Over the years, topics such as structures and process standards have fallen out of focus. With the support of ROI-EFESO, the company reacted quickly and created a concrete action plan for its worldwide product lifecycle management (PLM) in just nine months.

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An automotive supplier improved the transparency of work and organizational processes in a production plant for dashboards. With a "Digital Process Twin" from ROI-EFESO, the company reduced the reject rate and made improvement potentials in its value creation networks visible.