Managing Environmental Aspects in Product Development - The ABB Experience

This paper describes how environmental aspects are implemented in product development projects within ABB. Both organizational consi-derations and results from the work are discussed. 

ABB's environmental management program and environmental organi-zation are discussed first, since these found an essential basis and "infrastructure" for all environmental activities. Then, the specific process related to implementation of environmental aspects in product development is discussed, followed by concrete examples from two of ABB business areas. 

Finally, a short outlook to the future is made and some suggestions for developments in this area are discussed.