Product Standards for Multiple-Function Products in Product Policy

Tomohiro Tasaki, Carl Dalhammar, Naoko Tojo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding


Emergence of multiple-function products (MFPs) poses a variety of challenges and risks for achieving sustainable consumption and production as well as fair consumer society and universal design. We
overviewed MFPs from these viewpoints and then, focusing on product standard as a means to create mechanisms to reduce environmental loads from products, elucidated advantages and limitation of five
approaches of standard-setting for MFPs. The five approches examined were (1) neglecting a multiple function, (2) individual presentation of every function, (3) integrated evaluation of functions, (4)
segementation of products, and (5) use of frontier analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign for innovative value towards sustainable society --- Proceedings of Eco-Design 2011: 7th International Conference on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing
EditorsYasushi Umeda, Shigehito Ibuka, Mitsutaka Matsumoto, Keijiro Matsui
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series


Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Free keywords

  • multi-functionality
  • product standards
  • frontier products


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