LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY INDICATORS TO DESIGN SUSTAINABLE ELECTRIC OUTBOARDS: RESULTS FROM WORKSHOPS WITH INDUSTRIAL EXPERTS

Michael Saidani, John Bayless, Dylan Huey, Harrison Kim, Kevin Anderson

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Abstract

To help industries in their sustainable and circular transition from internal combustion engine production to electric motor production, the deployment of (i) a sound environmental impact assessment methodology, such as life cycle analysis, coupled with (ii) Design for Re-X tools, such as circularity indicators, is instrumental. To demonstrate the industrial relevance and complementary of both approaches, two consecutive workshops are conducted with a major original equipment manufacturer of recreational boats and their associated engines. On this basis, two circularity indicator-based tools were used to quantify and enhance (i) the circularity potential of the electric outboard as a whole, and (ii) the circularity performance of the two most impactful components, based on the LCA results: the electric motor unit and the lithium-ion battery pack. In all, the practice sessions supported the generation of strategic and operational ideas to improve the circularity of the electric outboard. As the industrial participants found both frameworks easy to use and efficient, all the details and resources used to conduct, replicate, or adapt such workshops in other industrial contexts are shared.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2445-2454
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Design Society
Volume3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
Event24th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2023 - Bordeaux, France
Duration: Jul 24 2023Jul 28 2023

Keywords

  • Circular economy
  • Design for X (DfX)
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation

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