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Green Design

In a world increasingly reliant on technology, the imperative for environmental sustainability has never been more evident. At Etteplan, we understand the importance of green design and its potential to combat environmental change. Our team of experts is here to help you achieve your sustainability goals by providing a comprehensive range of services.

Why green design matters?

In an era marked by growing environmental concerns and the urgent need to address climate change, several factors are propelling the advancement of green design. The need to conserve scarce resources, comply with EU regulations such as the Taxonomy Regulation and Ecodesign Directive, and meet stakeholder expectations are driving businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. Compliance goes beyond a legal obligation; it serves as a competitive advantage that fosters cost savings and enhances brand reputation. The future of the industry is undeniably intertwined with sustainability.

Our approach to driving change

At Etteplan, we recognize three primary avenues through which we can drive change towards greener technology:

1. Minimizing power consumption and emissions:

Our engineering and software experts work diligently to optimize energy usage in devices, products and equipment. We design systems that minimize power consumption while maintaining peak performance, reducing both costs and carbon emissions. Through data-driven insights and IoT (Internet of Things) solutions, we help our customers to optimize operations and allocate resources efficiently. We also support our customers in their electrification journeys to reduce emissions throughout the product's life, from manufacturing and transportation to its operational phase.

We understand that green code and software design are equally essential. Energy-efficient software extends hardware life, while regular updates ensure security and performance. Hardware-in-the-loop simulations during development can identify and rectify energy inefficiencies early on. We believe that it's not just about the physical; it's about the digital too.

2. Optimizing material selection and consumption:

We help our customers in selecting materials that are not only functional but also eco-friendly. This includes the use of recycled or biodegradable materials, reducing the environmental impact of the final product.

We offer a range of services to optimize material selection and consumption. Our technical communication solutions focus on reducing paper usage, CO2 consumption, and digitizing processes. In engineering solutions, we specialize in additive manufacturing, optimization, and design, which helps with reducing the use of materials and parts.

We understand that hardware longevity is influenced by component choices, design, and user behavior. Easily replaceable batteries and swappable components are key. Balancing simplicity with functionality is crucial to minimize the carbon footprint. The choices made today impact the resources available tomorrow.

We also emphasize the importance of recycling valuable components and data post-use. Our data analytics capabilities can inform future designs, while upcycling older devices can reduce e-waste. It's not just about disposal; it's about creating new opportunities from the old.

3. Prolonging the lifespan of solutions:

While innovation is vital, optimizing existing devices and software can be a powerful sustainability strategy. Our team conducts life cycle assessments for products and plants to provide insights into carbon emissions, guiding action plans for a greener future. We believe in making the most of what you already have, reducing waste and emissions along the way.

Serviceability is essential for prolonging a product's lifespan, especially in hardware and mechanical design. Our emphasis on modular design ensures easy access to parts for repairs or replacements. We also prioritize the use of standard and widely available components to address the global component shortage. Our component engineering service scouts for components and redesigns products as needed.

Our technical communication solutions, with user-centric thinking in mind, help promote eco-efficiency, safety, and reliability of products. We also provide predictive maintenance and application lifecycle maintenance services, ensuring proper device use and prolonging hardware life.

Additionally, default energy-efficient settings, user manuals, and machine learning-based optimization can significantly reduce energy consumption and extend device lifecycles. We believe that the power to make a difference lies in the hands of the users.

Partnering for success

Green design solutions often require specialized expertise. By partnering with experienced specialists like Etteplan, you can reduce risks, improve quality, and gain resource flexibility, ultimately paving the way to a sustainable future. We understand the complexities of green design solutions, and with over 40 years of experience in technology solutions, we possess the knowledge and capabilities to help you navigate the path to a greener, more sustainable tomorrow.

Join us in shaping a brighter, eco-conscious future for your industry and the world. Together, we can make a meaningful impact on the environment while driving business success. Contact us today to learn more about our Green Design services and how we can help you achieve your sustainability goals. Let's work together to create a sustainable tomorrow.

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Antti T Niskanen

Director, Life Cycle Assessment

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