Technology Impact Cycle Tool

If this category is not applicable for this technology, please select 'Yes'.
One of the most prominent impacts on sustainability is energy efficiency. Consider what the service is that you want your technology to provide and how you could do that with a minimal use of energy.
What materials have you used in your technology? The materials used in your 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 your technology and/or it’s separate modules designed to last or be repaired?
Your 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 your technology happen) and downstream (everything that happens after the user is done with using your technology). Together they form the “hidden impact”. What actions could you take to positively influence this “hidden impact”?
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). The answer can lead to changes in design or implementation, which is a good thing. Please list them here.


Infographic about Circular Economy
Website with all current information about Circular Economy

Books / papers / article

BBC Article about the impact of 'planned absolenscece' in tech
Essay on the environmental effects of technology
Article rating programming languages on energy efficiency

Policy documents

EU's Ecodesign Directive, giving rules for improving the environmental performance of products

Videos and podcasts

Online course on "Circular Economy: an Introduction" by TU Delft via EdX
Online course on "Engineering Design for a Circular Economy" by TU Delft via EdX

Example products