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Product Standards for Multiple-Function Products in Product Policy

  • Tomohiro Tasaki
  • Carl Dalhammar
  • Naoko Tojo
  • Yasushi Umeda
  • Shigehito Ibuka
  • Mitsutaka Matsumoto
  • Keijiro Matsui
Publishing year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 476-481
Publication/Series: Design for innovative value towards sustainable society --- Proceedings of Eco-Design 2011: 7th International Conference on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing
Volume: 7
Document type: Conference paper
Publisher: Springer

Abstract english

Emergence of multiple-function products (MFPs) poses a variety of challenges and risks for achieving sustainable consumption and production as well as fair consumer society and universal design. We

overviewed MFPs from these viewpoints and then, focusing on product standard as a means to create mechanisms to reduce environmental loads from products, elucidated advantages and limitation of five

approaches of standard-setting for MFPs. The five approches examined were (1) neglecting a multiple function, (2) individual presentation of every function, (3) integrated evaluation of functions, (4)

segementation of products, and (5) use of frontier analysis.


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • multi-functionality
  • product standards
  • frontier products


Carl Dalhammar
E-mail: carl [dot] dalhammar [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se

International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE)

Lund University P.O. Box 196, 22100 Lund, Sweden
Visiting Address: Tegnérsplatsen 4,Lund

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