Low Impact Product Lifeycle

Whether it is lower energy consumption of production machines in standby mode or shorter distances in logistics: Even small changes can significantly improve the overall sustainability balance of a product. Corresponding product properties are also increasingly in demand among customers or necessary to meet regulatory requirements.


Sustainable competitiveness thus requires that products and their development be considered "end-to-end" and aligned with customers as well as sustainability criteria - from their birth as an idea to their end of life in the market or their recycling.

Orientation framework for the development of sustainable products

ROI-EFESO supports companies in designing and implementing sustainable product lifecycle solutions. Our "Low Impact Product Lifecycle" classifies sustainability goals that can relate to physical products, software or services. Companies thus receive an orientation framework to move step by step towards a "zero impact" of their product portfolio.


ROI-EFESO's service portfolio includes conceptual and operational support in all lifecycle phases to be considered in a realignment of the product portfolio as well as the R&D organization:


Phase 1: Focus creativity and resources on sustainable product ideas

  • Development of climate-neutral and sustainable products (reduction of resources, energy use) and introduction of "sustainability by product design" approaches
  • Increasing innovation for sustainable products and functions
  • Anchoring sustainability culture and thinking in product development
  • Creation of specifications that make sustainability tangible in terms of goals, measures and limits, especially via the basic, performance and enthusiasm characteristics of the product
  • Early structural integration of sustainability and EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) functions in the development and industrialization of products
  • Estimation and simulation of price willingness through sustainable functions (sustainability payback)
  • Evaluation and simulation of possible customer experiences regarding the sustainability aspects of the product
  • Development and implementation of new pricing and usage concepts with a focus on the entire product life cycle and a sustainable circular economy


Phase 2: Sustainable products are created

  • Consideration of the company's sustainability goals in its products as well as in product development
  • Transparency about the "sustainability index" of products and their use for customers
  • Evaluation of product design in terms of recyclability, long service life, repairability, simplicity and upgradeability, as well as environmentally sustainable product use, e.g. through share use
  • Alignment of product design with sustainable product use, taking into account material compliance criteria and metrics
  • Digitization of product development, e.g., through digital "sustainability twins," simulation, and virtualization to reduce physical Waste, such as through prototyping
  • Evaluation of product sustainability with life cycle engineering (LCE) methods such as a life cycle analysis on the environmental impact of the product
  • Management of technical and environmental compliance such as REACH and certification of products and development processes


Phase 3: Evaluate and improve products in use

  • Establishment of a transparent ecological footprint of the entire product life cycle from procurement, production, consumption to recycling and reuse
  • Comparison with life cycle costs of traditional products
  • Identification and integration of sustainability potentials of predictive maintenance and environmentally friendly upgradeability of products
  • Focusing the next generation of products on reducing emissions and consumption from low to zero impact


Phase 4: Dispose of or recycle products

  • Expansion of the value creation analysis to include sustainability criteria and consideration of the potentials of the circular economy.
  • Reduction of the proportion of critical and non-recyclable materials in products and packaging
  • Increased use of standard, carry-over, or recycled parts and components (frugal development)


Dr. Fritz Flanderka, Managing Director, Reclay Holding GmbH, on trends and drivers for sustainable Waste management.

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1Product refers to anything that can be sold, e.g. B. a physical product, software and service LCE: Life Cycle Engineering, LCA:Life Cycle Assessment, TCO: Total Cost of Ownership, NPI: New Product Introduction PDP: Product Development Process, CO2e: CO2-eqauvialent


Idea generation

  • Sustainability as a driver for innovation
  • Assessing the payback of sustainability
  • Evaluating the eco-induced customer experience


  • Design for sustainable product manufacturing & use, material compliance
  • Evaluation of eco design enviromental impact assessment
  • LCE-methods: TCO, LCA, CO2e-index, simulation, DOE etc.


Recovery & Disposal

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  • Efficient recycling network

The following starting points are essential in a targeted development of sustainable products:

  • Balanced product portfolio including sustainable products
  • Integrated life cycle engineering approach to support the circular economy
  • Adapted NPI/PDP to anchor the sustainable approach in product design
  • Implementation of a sustainability management system for product ranges
  • Reduced use of resources in product development (e.g. in the number of test samples)
  • Use of digital potential for uniform global monitoring of sustainability performance
  • Anchoring sustainability culture and thinking in product design


ROI-EFESO's “Product Life Cycle” approach classifies sustainability goals for physical products, software or services in four phases.

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Achieve an optimum in sales growth, costs and time-to-market in the product portfolio.

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Case Studies

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A formula for efficiency. A shining success typically also has its drawbacks. This was the experience of a pharmaceutical group that had reached the top of its industry with an extensive portfolio of hospital and pharmaceutical products. But after experiencing growth on a global scale within its heavily decentralized organization and delivering strong balance sheets, over the years the company Lost sight of key areas like structures and process Standards. With the help of ROI, the company responded quickly, and in just nine months drew up a specific plan of action for its worldwide Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system.

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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, the company reduced the reject rate and made improvement potentials in its value creation networks visible.