"Product Innovation trough Eco-design in the Danube region"
Manufacturers face the challenge to comply increasingly with environmental standards for their products. At the same time cost reduction through energy and material efficiency are clear competitive advantages. Ecodesign, the consideration of environmental aspects of the products during their entire life cycle, is an opportunity for more developing sustainable processes and product, and to gain access to new markets.
The EU funded project DanubePIE aims at promoting this life cycle thinking and uses Eco-design as a powerful tool to facilitate product innovation. The project also has a component of raising awareness on Ecodesign amongst manufacturing SMEs, industrial product designers, environmental advisers, educational institutions, stakeholders, and the broader public.