Designing for the environment requires that trade-offs be made. In an ideal world, ‘green’ products perform as well, are less expensive, more convenient and more aesthetically pleasing than other products. Unfortunately, this is usually not the case, and trade-offs between environmental impacts, engineering performance and customer satisfaction are unavoidable. This paper presents a methodology for making these trade-off decisions. An example of material selection in the automotive industry is presented.
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