CES EDUPACK 2013.
CES EduPack 2013 is a powerful tool for teaching materials and process, which has been widely used in higher education in engineering subject areas. CES EduPack provides a module called ‘Eco-Audit tool’ assessing ecological impact of products based on its powerful database built inside the package. After the user inputs materials, processes, transport and recycle information, the results of energy consumption and CO2 footprints are then presented.
The most attractive feature of this package is its large database of materials and process information. Sustainability for Eco-design is included in the package alongside others functions in a wide range of engineering subjects areas including general and mechanical engineering, manufacturing, materials science and engineering, industrial and product design, etc. This feature is particularly beneficial for material selection during design and conducting product LCIA.
Unfortunately, the database cannot be modified by the user, and the software package’s function of eco-audit tool is limited. In product definition stage, only materials, primary process, and mass can be defined. There are only five selectable options which are landfill, down cycle, recycle, re-engineer, and reuse. Meanwhile, recycle content can be defined from 0% to 100%. Transport and use also can be defined based on the database. In the transport type, options are simple and not diversified. Figure 1 shows the product definition and results of the CES eco audit.
Also, the results of eco audit tool are limited to tow eco-indicators (energy and CO2 footprint) only, which comes from Eco Audit methodology from Granta, and the database of CES itself. The results of these two eco-impact values of five stages in product life cycle are presented as a bar chart, and corresponding data are shown in a table below the bar chart.