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PSS Landmarks. Best Practice Examples for Product Service Systems

The project aims a strengthening the market for sustainable Product-Service-Systems (PSS) by clearly identifying success factors and hindrances. Restraining factors and basic conditions are worked out on the basis of best-practice examples.

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Status

completed

Summary

The project aims a strengthening the market for sustainable Product-Service-Systems (PSS) by clearly identifying success factors and hindrances. Restraining factors and basic conditions are worked out on the basis of best-practice examples. From this, as well as from the own experiences of the project team, strategic recommendations for action (for political decision makers) are derived.

The transition from the sale of products to the offer of sustainable product service systems (PSS) represents a contribution on the way to sustainable development (not only in the sense of a reduction of the material stream around the factor 10, but also regarding a increased quality of life and the achievement of business competition advantages). Fact is however, that this paradigm change - away from the sales of products, in direction of the supply of solutions for the satisfaction of human needs - in reality not yet noticeably interspersed. This project takes up the problem of the conversion deficits and already offers solutions, that can already be incorporated into the next call of the factory of tomorrow program line 2004.

The project concentrates on selected fields within the range of industrial applications - in the area of business to business (b2b) commerce. National, European and international PSS are collected and analysed by using an analysis matrix which then will be examined and evaluated. To achieve this national and international experts on this area, entrepreneurs and decision makers are incorporated in the discussion. This will be facilitated by workshops and interviews. During the project particularly outstanding PSS best practice examples - PDL Leuchttürme - will be selected and exemplary represented.

The following work tasks are defined for the project that is divided into nine work packages and will be realised by four partners:

  • Select interesting industries, material groups for PSS
  • Analyse and optimise the methodical strategy for implementation of PSS
  • Analyse and specify criteria for the evaluation of the sustainability of PSS
  • Research cost factors, price structuring and legal basic conditions for PSS contracts
  • Research the connection of product services and product design
  • Prepare best practice examples database
  • Derive success factors and obstacles for PSS
  • Derive aspects of use and arguments for product service systems

Substantial result of the project is the structured analysis of examples, possibilities and hindrances of PSS as well as their sustainability relevance. The project prepares arguments, selects relevant materials/service ranges, lists interested enterprises and professional associations as well as case examples. By doing this success factors, barriers or activators for PSS will be derived.

The results can also serve to provide arguments to foster participation from enterprises in the fourth factory of tomorrow call.

Project Partners

Project manager
Dr. Friedrich Hinterberger, Mag. Mark Hammer
Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI)
Garnisongasse 7/27, A-1090 Wien
Tel.: +43-1-9690728-0
Fax: +43-1-9690728-17
E-Mail: friedrich.hinterberger@seri.at, mark.hammer@seri.at
Internet: http://www.seri.at

Institute
Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI)

Project partners
Dr. Christine Jasch, Gabriele Hrauda
Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW)
Rechte Wienzeile 19/5, 1043 Wien
Tel.: +43-1-5872189
Fax: +43-1-5870971
E-Mail: jasch.christine@ioew.at
Internet: http://www.ioew.at

Mag. Barbara Hammerl, Ingrid Kaltenegger
JOANNEUM RESEARCH GmbH, Institut für Nachhaltige Techniken und Systeme, Standort Graz
Elisabethstraße 16-18, A-8010 Graz
T +43-(0)-316/876-2411
F +43-(0)-316/876-2430
E-Mail: barbara.hammerl@joanneum.ac.at, ingrid.kaltenegger@joanneum.at
Internet: http://www.joanneum.ac.at

Dr. Wolfgang Wimmer, DI Rainer Pamminger
Ecodesign Informationsknoten, Technische Universität Wien
Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Wien
T +43-1-58801/30744
F +43-1-58801/30799
E-Mail: wimmer@ecodesign.at, pamminger@ecodesign.at
Internet: http://www.ecodesign.at

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