Pôle Eco-conception Case Studies

Profitability of ecodesign : an economic analysis

With the absence of studies on the economic and commercial impacts and benefits of ecodesign, and with the aim of filling the lack of management tools on economics and the environment, and in the context of providing the French and Canadian SME economic arguments, a study on the economic returns of the ecodesign was realized in 2008, It was a fruitful and enriching collaboration, between two partners: the Pole of Eco-conception and Management of Life Cycle of France and the Institute of Product Development of Canada.

A 2008 exploratory study sought to answer this question with a sample of 30
companies from France and Quebec. Five years later, we thought it was time to take another look at the situation, widen the sample size to obtain more robust
statistical results, and try to understand what makes a given ecodesign approach more profitable than another one. We work with the network of ENEC.

The hypothesis is that the greater the intensity of the ecodesign approach and the better the company’s overall management, the more profitable the company
would be. The main results of this new study are set out below.
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Ecodesign pre-diagnosis tool

Objective:

The ecodesign pre-diagnostic is a tool to educate project teams to integrate the environment in the process of product development by measuring the level of control of the company towards ecodesign and proposing an environmental strategy applicable to the product. The tool is adapted to the following products:

Food
Product manufacturing (including chemical and mechanical)
And service

The preliminary diagnosis tool is in the form of a web platform including a resource center for eco-conception to the downtown relay method and tool.

The preliminary diagnosis is distributed to resource centers to businesses whose purpose is the economic development of a region or a sector. It is a tool in the format of checklist based on the Pareto principle; it identifies eco-conception criteria that the company has not taken into account, has the potential for easiest improvement and probable first steps.

The aim of the tool is to educate the group projects to the concepts of life cycle and offer them the realization of an eco-conception in a second time.

Portability:

Already transferred to more than fifty relay centers. The tool in its third upgrade is a multilingual platform. The Pole Eco-conception and Life Cycle Management trains a network of more of 52 relay centers through France, Belgium and Canada. Concretely, our association transfers methodologies like the ecodesign pre-diagnosis. The interest is to have a multiplying effect. To improve the support to the companies through the network of relay centers, we continue to develop and make studies and undertake research on our methodologies.

The BtoGreen eco-innovation framework

BtoGreen aims to support companies to seize the opportunities offered by the new green economic deal. It’s based on sustainable development, and more specifically on the environment. The methodology helps companies build a new range of products and services making the environment their new source of competitive advantage through adding value and reducing environmental impacts.

The method proceeds in 3 steps:

  • Provide SMEs with a personalized audit of their practices and their position in innovation, marketing and environment to define their environmental strategy (Eco-conception, eco-innovation or diversification).
  • Search for new ideas, imagine innovative concepts according to the strategy defined.
  • Support SMEs in the implementation of action plans to prioritize the ideas and convert them into innovative projects.
To explain BtoGreen the framework, we made a serious game called BtoGreen the Experience. The BtoGreen Experience ® trains operational managers, business managers, technical managers, students, future engineers, technicians and marketers on innovation and eco-innovation.

The Upside Learning:
knowledge of the issues and mechanisms of innovation
be aware that the environment is a strong driver of innovation
understand that innovation is stimulated by the outside world
that innovation is born from the synergy of skills
experience the decision-making strategy and risk

Process:
For 3 to 10 people per session, BtoGreen ® experience includes 2 stages:
1 hour boardgame
2 hours of integrated pedagogy

Experience BtoGreen is a compendium of eco-innovation. Players assume the role of responsible people in innovation. Competitors must achieve maximum revenue over 5 years by launching a new product every year.
The Winner is the one that will adapt its strategy of eco-innovation in the demanding business environment of the company.