To What Extent is Circular Product Design Supporting Carbon Reduction Strategies? An Analysis of Nordic Manufacturing Firms within the Science-Based Targets Initiative

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Thayla Zomer, Tim C. Mcaloone, Daniela C. A. Pigosso
Series: DESIGN
Institution: Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Section: Design for Sustainability
Page(s): 1189-1198
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


Corporate climate action is critical in supporting the transition towards a low-carbon economy. This paper explores what design practices have been adopted by manufacturing companies that have committed to science-based emission reduction targets and are making progress towards those targets. We contribute to the existing literature by providing empirical evidence of circular economy (CE) actions related to product design supporting firms in reaching their emission reduction targets, contributing to the calls for more research showing evidence between CE adoption and emissions reduction.

Keywords: circular economy, sustainable design, greenhouse gas management, carbon reduction, sustainability

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