Design for environment and design for disassembly practices in Malaysia: a practitioner's perspectives

Ghazilla, R.A.R. and Sakundarini, N. and Taha, Z. and Abdul-Rashid, S.H. and Yusoff, S. (2015) Design for environment and design for disassembly practices in Malaysia: a practitioner's perspectives. Journal of Cleaner Production, 108 (A). pp. 331-342. ISSN 0959-6526, DOI

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Design for Environment (DIE) and Design for Disassembly (DID) have been recognized as an effective sustainable manufacturing approach to reduce environmental impact during product's life cycle. Although Malaysian manufacturers have long demonstrated a strong global market presence, the implementation of DIE and DID among manufacturers are found lacking. This paper attempts to investigate the current state DIE and DID implementation and the local driving force in the local Malaysian industry by addressing four research questions (RQ): RQ1 - How do Malaysian designers value the importance of DIE? RQ2 - What are the current approaches used by designers to incorporate environmental issues during product development stage? RQ3 - What difficulties are experienced in the implementation of DIE and DID in the product development stage? RQ4 - What are the approaches needed to enhance the engagement of DIE and DID into product design practices? Targeting product designers in Malaysia, a multiple approach using survey and interview is conducted shown that the current state of implementation and awareness within the local industry is fairly low. The soft approach of the local legislation does not contribute much towards seeing a major change in attitude as will be discussed further in the paper. The above two concerns are major challenges that require immediate attention. However, there seems to be growing concern from the industry and the government that pushes the need for options that could leapfrog the current situation. This presents an opportunity for the local research community to come up with various strategies that will be discussed. Finally, the paper proposes a more comprehensive strategy that is tailored to the local business environment in order for the local industry to be capable of maintaining its market presence. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eco-design; Product designers; Environmental impact; Product development
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Depositing User: Mrs. Siti Mawarni Salim
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2016 08:50
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 03:24

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