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Design for the Environment (DfE)
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Approaches & Tools

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DfE partners with a wide variety of industry sectors that share a common goal: development of cleaner, safer, and cheaper processes and technologies. The partnerships do not necessarily use the same approaches to achieve this goal, however. A DfE partnership utilizes one or more of the following approaches:

The first step in any approach is forming an industry-wide partnership. If a particular company believes its industry can benefit from a DfE project, it should bring this to the attention of an appropriate association (technical or trade) to see if broader industry interest exists and develop a partnership proposal for DfE.


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