“By making the right material trade-offs and knowing what we needed f rom our suppliers, we were able to reduce a product’s CO2 footprint by 20%.”
— Simon Søndergaard Bjarno Jensen Sustainability PM / DEKO
As governments are progressively increasing sustainability related legislation, engineers are having to react more quickly to ensure their raw materials, supply chain, and products can cope. DEKO is facing this challenge, having to proactively reduce the CO2 footprint for their range of products to remain competitive in the future.
The team at DEKO had a range of aluminum alloys, PVC rubber gasket seals, and other polymers used across their range of 28 products. But new legislation in the building industry required alternative, more sustainable materials to be found. It faced several challenges:
The team at DEKO used Ansys Granta Selector to initiate the process of reducing their product CO2 footprint. The project leader was familiar with the tools and data, having used Granta EduPack at university.
By taking the material selection decision into their own hands, DEKO was able to pre-define early in design the right material for their product f rom a technical, economic, and environmental perspective – inluding sustainability in product design f rom an early stage. Instead of copying what others were doing, they have taken a proactive approch to finding the most sustainable material, building in the technical nuances of their products. Eco Audit was much faster early in the design stages (1-2h) – requiring less user input, less time and investment than a full LCA (estimated at 40h+) while still providing powerful guidance on how to reduce product environmental impact.
With the results f rom Granta Selector’s Eco Audit tool, backed by market-leading data, the team at DEKO is confident that the materials they’ve selected for the product will result in the lowest CO2 footprint they can achieve. This makes the final step of a validated EPD a formality that will future-proof their product portfolio for upcoming legislation.