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Technology Impact Cycle Tool

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Depending on the technology your assessing, some categories are more important than others. Here you can indicatie how important you think this category is for this technology.
If this category is not applicable for this technology, please select 'Yes'.

(Only the gray shaded text is printed on the Quick Scan canvas)

One of the most prominent impacts on sustainability is energy efficiency. Consider what the service is that you want this technology to provide and how this could be done that with a minimal use of energy.

(This question is part of the Quick Scan)

What materials have are used in this technology? The materials used in this technology have an impact on resource-availability and end-of-life recycling options. Could alternative materials be considered?
Designing for “products that last” is an effective sustainable strategy. In what way is this technology and/or it’s separate modules designed to last or be repaired?
Technology has a direct impact on sustainability (for example by the energy that it consumes), but quite likely a much larger indirect impact. There is an impact upstream (all the actions by suppliers that are needed to make this technology happen) and downstream (everything that happens after the user is done with using this technology). Together they form the “hidden impact”. What actions could you take to positively influence this “hidden impact”?

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If you think about the direct and indirect energy use and the materials that are used in this technology. If you think about the lifespan of the technology and the hidden environmental impact of the technology. If you think about all that, what improvements would you (want to) make to this technology? The idea of the technology impact tool is that it stimulates you to think hard about the impact of your technological solution (question 1-4). In this case on the topic of sustainability. The answer can lead to improvements in design or implementation, which is a good thing. Please list them here.

(This question is part of the Improvement Scan)

Are you satisfied with the quality of your answers? The depth? The level of insight? Did you have enough knowledge to give good answers? Give an honest assessment of the quality of your answers.

Frameworks

Infographic about Circular Economy
(https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/concept/infographic)
Website with all current information about Circular Economy
(https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/)

Books / papers / article

BBC Article about the impact of 'planned absolenscece' in tech
(https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20160612-heres-the-truth-about-the-planned-obsolescence-of-tech)
Essay on the environmental effects of technology
(https://www.ukessays.com/essays/european-studies/technology-has-bad-effects-on-environment.php)
Article rating programming languages on energy efficiency
(https://jaxenter.com/energy-efficient-programming-languages-137264.html)

Policy documents

EU's Ecodesign Directive, giving rules for improving the environmental performance of products
(https://ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/sustainability/ecodesign_en)

Videos and podcasts

Online course on "Circular Economy: an Introduction" by TU Delft via EdX
(https://www.edx.org/course/circular-economy-an-introduction-course-v1delftxcircularx1t2020a)
Online course on "Engineering Design for a Circular Economy" by TU Delft via EdX
(https://www.edx.org/course/engineering-design-for-a-circular-economy)

Example products

Fairphone
(https://www.fairphone.com/nl/)