Sustainability engineering - in short
A data-driven approach to reducing the environmental footprint of your future medical devices
Clear, actionable data on your product’s environmental impact supports your decision-making throughout the device development process: our iterative Life Cycle Screening method in combination with industry best practices and Ecodesign principles gives you a solid basis for making informed sustainability choices at every stage of development.
Our approach and team can help you with:
Life Cycle Screenings
Sustainable packaging design
Design for circular economy
and product architecture
Design for Manufacturing
and Assembly (DFM & DFA)
Sustainability engineering - the long read
Gain clarity and assurance about the effect of your sustainability effort
The medical device manufacturers we work with are seeing a steep increase in sustainability demands coming at them from every angle. Despite a general wish to share in the environmental responsibility and future-proof their businesses, setting the sustainability effort on a steady trajectory can be a major challenge for MedTech manufacturers.
Development cycles lasting several years and strict regulatory requirements to products and safety can make it difficult to incorporate sustainability into an already complex development process.
Make informed decisions about sustainable design improvements
Our two-pronged approach provides a framework for making sustainability assessments and improvements from the very beginning and throughout the device development project. This is done by combining Ecodesign principles with Life Cycle Screenings and bringing important aspects from Life Cycle Assessments into the core of the MedTech development process in a manner that is much faster and more agile than with traditional LCAs.
Rather than being retrospective in character like LCAs, our approach offers value during all stages of product development. The goal is to bring a proactive approach to sustainable product development by gaining fast access to dependable sustainability data throughout the development process.
Ecodesign + Life Cycle Screenings = improved environmental impact
We see that using Ecodesign principles when deciding on sustainable design improvements helps our clients to concentrate their effort on the changes that have the most impact. The Ecodesign principles are firmly grounded in industry best practices end therefore align with the sustainability guidelines of our clients. The principles are also based on established theory from the Ecodesign research community, and they align with designing for a circular economy.
Our Life Cycle Screenings are based on the Life Cycle Assessment methodology in ISO 14040/14044 and provide similar information as an LCA, but based on generic data and assumptions. This makes it applicable during a product development process, providing invaluable feedback to the Ecodesign process in an iterative way. Whether your focus is sustainable packaging or medical device sustainability, our experts can help.
Working with sustainability data can seem a bit far removed from reality. Our clients value our development mindset and the fact that we are rooted in MedTech because it means our focus is on finding solutions that contribute real value to their development projects and ultimately support their business. The sustainability improvements we bring to the project have to be applicable in a device development context and at the same time be in alignment with our clients’ sustainability goals.”
– Christoffer Thomsen, Development Engineer & Sustainability Engineering
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As our lead on Sustainability Engineering, Christoffer is looking forward to meeting you and diving into how our approach can help you improve your sustainability. Send him a note and he will be happy to meet and present our insights.
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