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Eco-design accessible to all

A guide to turning a concept into a shared strategy.

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Eco-design consists of incorporating environmental protection into the design of infrastructure and development projects. In a broad sense, eco-design includes all of the methods and tools for incorporating the environment into project design in order to reduce their environmental impact throughout their life cycle. In the more narrow sense, eco-design consists of looking for areas of improvement for reducing the environmental impact of a product.

This means going beyond environmental measures included in the project. The constituent structures of the project are designed for the purpose of avoidance and reduction of environmental impacts. Economic and social aspects are also fully integrated into this approach.

The added value of the eco-design approach is the fact that it considers all stages of the project life cycle: raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, use and end of life, and all the environmental impacts, such as effects on global warming, resource depletion and water pollution etc.

To facilitate the deployment of this approach, Egis has created a guide, developed as a toolkit, to leading and managing a linear infrastructure or development project (business parks, development areas) as part of an eco-design and eco-construction process. It is based on the capitalisation of Egis’s vast experience and good practice, in applying this approach across real development projects for twenty years.