The importance of the sustainability agenda is encouraging producers to minimise the environmental impacts of their products in all phases of their life cycle.
This form of product stewardship, also referred to as ‘extended producer responsibility’ (EPR), has brought a focus to product attributes over production facilities.
It’s not just about increased recycling. ‘Green’ product design is driving the phase out of toxics, the reduction of the use of materials in products and lower energy usage. And product stewardship is demanding producers assume responsibility for their products at the end of their useful life, or post-consumer stage.
Legislation and consumer behaviour are driving this approach worldwide, and the electrical, automotive, white goods and packaging sectors are most impacted.
So how do our global WSP Environment & Energy team help manufacturers and producers address product stewardship and encourage eco-efficient product design?
- We monitor, interpret and report on the impact of current and emerging legislation
- We help producers manage organisational change required to comply with legislation
- We assist with product labelling
- We develop supply chain management programmes
- We audit and assist suppliers
- We deliver training programmes to management, staff and suppliers to inform and influence behavioural change
- We support eco-design with life-cycle and impact assessments
Legislation is impacting many aspects of product design: end-of-life procedures, packaging, material content and energy efficiency. To address product stewardship effectively, organisations need to engage their supply chain. WSP has a strong track record in this field; we:
- Develop supply chain management programmes
- Coach and train the supplier base
- Audit suppliers
- Assist suppliers with environmental management, eco-design and reporting