Eco-sustainable energy and environmental strategies in design for recycling: the software “ENDLESS”

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Abstract

This paper describes a model, named “ENDLESS”, useful to address the design process towards more eco-compatible solutions.In particular, this tool can support the designer in the choice of the product with an higher recyclability potential from a set ofdifferent alternatives. The model takes into consideration a Multi-Attribute Decision-Making method and allows calculating a“Global Recycling Index” (GRI) starting from a set of energy, environmental, technical and economic indicators. A weight isassigned to each parameter following the experience of the designer; a sensitivity analysis is then performed to state how thedifferent assumptions can affect the final results. The model is implemented in a software and applied to a case study: to establishthe best recyclability option of middle and low voltage electrical lines used for electricity distribution in Italy.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)101-118
Numero di pagine18
RivistaEcological Modelling
Volume163
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2003

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