VDE expert gives lecture on "Sustainability criteria for white goods"
The VDE Institute also took part in the conference. VDE expert Dr. Michael Riess, spoke in his lecture “Sustainability Criteria for White Goods” about the development of the criteria for sustainability assessment. The topic of sustainability encompasses more than just general energy consumption, the selection of materials and production conditions also play an essential role. In general, the important criteria can be divided into the following aspects: ecological (ecodesign / energy efficiency), economic (financially feasible) and social (good working conditions).
In his later panel discussion, Dr. Riess with the topic of production improvement: How can a product be developed sustainably from the beginning? Improved recyclability, recycling-compatible material selection and absence of harmful substances are the important building blocks of environmentally friendly product design. These product properties are regularly measured together with the energy consumption in the laboratories of the VDE testing institute. On this basis, the Life Cycle Assessment of the products can be improved - an important step towards for CO2-neutral production.