New policy approaches for Ecodesign:

Accelerating energy and resource efficiency

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Call for Papers

The Global Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption Conference: Accelerating the Transition to Equitable, Sustainable Post-Fossil-Carbon Societies
Sitges, Spain, Nov. 1 – 4, 2015.

Abstracts due May 29th 2015

Mandatory requirements to advance energy efficiency of appliances and consumer electronics have been implemented in virtually all OECD countries. There is increasing evidence that such requirements are currently the best performing policies for delivering energy efficiency and that they are very cost-effective. However, several challenges need to be solved in order to make more use of such requirements for new types of products, materials and environmental aspects. A great challenge is to regulate products that are part of larger systems, such as windows and insulation materials. In such cases, the performance of the product is affected by the system, where it is integrated. The performance of the system will be influenced by several policies, and the role of each policy is not obvious.

In the European Union, energy efficiency requirements are set through the Ecodesign Directive and the Energy Labelling Directive. From several sides, there is growing interest in expanding the Ecodesign requirements and include provisions that promote resource efficiency and circular economy, such as product durability/longevity, re-usability and recyclability. Examples of new or upcoming requirements relate to product technical lifetime and easiness of disassembly as well as content of recycled materials. There is however a need to develop indicators and workable criteria to deal with such measures.

More research and new ideas are needed in order to develop product policies, and deal with the issues outlined above Therefore, authors are invited to prepare and submit abstracts via our conference website:

After your abstract has been reviewed, you will be invited to develop a conference paper. We invite all kinds of contributions including original research, case studies, state-of-the-art literature reviews, policy analysis and method development. Other forms of research studies (e.g. foresights) are welcome too. Your paper will also be considered for publication in one of the several special volumes to be published in The Journal of Cleaner Production after the conference.

We solicit papers associated with the following indicative themes. The themes and questions are only provisional and deemed to guide the authors for the themes that might be discussed.

  1. Ecodesign for energy efficiency – from product to systems
    • What is the proper role of Ecodesign requirements for products that are part of larger systems (e.g. buildings)?
    • What can we learn from voluntary polices - such as eco-labels, public procurement criteria, and EPEAT - when setting mandatory eco-design requirements?
    • What are the methodological challenges: Is there need for new methods, indicators, or standards?
    • The policy mix: how can eco-design requirements best interact with criteria in other policies? How to reward pro-active firms?
    • Radical innovation: how can we design policies that are technology-forcing?
    • Which kind of policies could accelerate the transition to more resource-efficient products and product service systems?
  2. Ecodesign requirements for product longevity and re-use and recycling
    • What kind of methods, indicators, data, requirements and harmonised standards are required to address these types of circular economy aspects?
    • Trade-offs: when does it make sense to extend product lifetime? Can we develop better methods?
    • Policy scenario use: The need for eco-design requirements may depend on assumptions on e.g. collection and recycling of products; how can we develop further current approaches?
    • Policy mixes: how should we deal with interactions between eco-design requirements and other product related policies (e.g. producer responsibility and chemical content rules)?
  3. Competitiveness and supply chain considerations
    • Under what circumstances can firms gain or lose from new requirements? How to engage them more in shaping up the future?
    • How do requirements influence the supply chain, e.g. due to need to provide new information?
    • Verification concerns: How to develop effective ways to communicate and verify environmental information throughout supply chains?
    • Can some eco-design requirements influence markets in unanticipated ways?

Format and Procedures for Submission of Responses to this Call for Papers:

We invite authors to prepare abstracts of 500 words in response this Call-for-Papers. The abstracts are to be prepared in English.

Please submit your abstract(s) via the conference website:

After the Global Conference, scientific teams of the Global Conference will select the articles to be developed for peer review and for potential publication within one of several Special Volumes of the JCLP (Journal of Cleaner Production) that will be developed based upon initial inputs to the Global Conference.

For more information contact:
Arne Remmen, Aalborg University do not email credit card information under any circumstances)
+ 45 2536 4669

Carl Dalhammar, Lund University do not email credit card information under any circumstances)
+46 (0)70 296 03 62

Fabrice Mathieux, Joint Research Centre do not email credit card information under any circumstances)
+39 0332 78 9238

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