6. Extended Product Responsibility and “Servicizing”
Published Online: 1 NOV 2013
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Practical Sustainability Strategies: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage
How to Cite
Avlonas, N. and Nassos, G. P. (2013) Extended Product Responsibility and “Servicizing”, in Practical Sustainability Strategies: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ. doi: 10.1002/9781118787472.ch6
- Published Online: 1 NOV 2013
- Published Print: 20 NOV 2013
Print ISBN: 9781118250440
Online ISBN: 9781118787472
- extended product responsibility (EPR);
- painted car;
Servicizing can be a driving force for extended product responsibility (EPR). Here, the process participants along the product chain or life cycle share responsibility for the life cycle environmental impacts of the whole product system, including upstream, production, and downstream impacts. A traditional manufacturing model is based on utilizing the natural resources and energy to manufacture a product that provides some useful function to the consumer. Employing servicizing paradigm, companies can sell the function of the product rather than the product itself, and maintain ownership of the product throughout its useful life. This would result in fewer products manufactured, less resources employed, and less waste created. Examples for such a business model can include selling illumination instead of light bulbs, and selling painted car by a paint maker to a car manufacturer instead of just selling paints.