Eco design and product development

The best time to improve a product’s environmental impact is in the design phase. To make design decisions that improve sustainability, designers need clear, factual information about the relative merits of the available options. SimaPro helps you communicate this information to designers, allowing them to easily identify and assess the drawbacks and benefits of different designs.

Making it easier to design sustainable products

A challenge in sustainable product design is keeping the process manageable. Product design consists of choosing between an enormous array of options. Sustainability data often comes in formats that are not clear or actionable. If you provide designers with the raw LCA results, they might not even be able to find the relevant information, let alone act on it.

SimaPro was designed to provide product designers with actionable insights into the main triggers of environmental impacts, so they can change their designs to be more environmentally friendly. With special add-ons, such as SimaPro Share & Collect, you can even give product designers the tools they need to quickly see, compare and assess design variations without needing your input.

Proving which design is better

SimaPro allows designers to easily identify the environmental hotspots in different product designs. From a SimaPro LCA, they will quickly find that most environmental impacts are associated with simple design factors, such as mass, energy use and transport volume. This knowledge provides easy entry points to make design improvements and allows you to develop product-specific guidelines.

Using SimaPro in the product design phase saves your company time and money, by allowing you to deal with sustainability issues when it is still easy to do so.



Working with PRé proved to be a very productive partnership. The communication during the project was very open and all of our needs were met. The tool that was created specifically for Steelcase will make the LCA process much more streamlined and consistent for years to come.

Massimo Collotta - Environmental Engineer, Global Sustainability at Steelcase

Other benefits for your organisation

Life cycle assessment studies with SimaPro

The main thing you need in LCA software is excellent performance in doing LCAs. SimaPro offers exactly the features you need for efficient and accurate LCA studies and easy and effortless collaboration.

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Making the business case for sustainability

Sustainability programs only result in real business value if they are embedded into all layers of your company. SimaPro’s reporting features help you communicate LCA results and create a strong support base.

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Improve operational performance

Your suppliers can have a huge effect on your products’ environmental impacts. SimaPro’s transparent analysis helps your operations and purchasing departments make more sustainable sourcing and purchasing decisions.

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Sustainability communication and brand reputation

Sustainability results can help strengthen your brand value, but it’s important that you can trust the results. The robust SimaPro software provides you with reliable results that you can safely use.

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