Sustainable Innovation

Sustainable Services & Systems (3S):
Transition towards sustainability?

Conference Summary

Towards Sustainable
Product Design 6

6th International Conference
29-30 October 2001
De Rode Hoed,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Organised by:
The Centre for Sustainable Design
In association with:
Delft University of Technology,
   Design for Sustainability Programme
Supported by:
United Nations
   Environment Programme (UNEP)

Kluwer Academic Publishers


The aim of the conference was to produce the world's first major conference focused exclusively on 'Sustainable Services & Systems' (3S). The event provided leading-edge business practice and academic thinking in relation to 3S methodologies, strategies and management approaches, including a range of case studies. The conference included papers from invited speakers, as well as refereed papers from academic and business people. In additon, there was a series of themed interactive workshops designed to build on trends and issues developed within the conference. The event was both informative and thought-provoking and aimed to stimulate new ideas for businesses and researchers. The conference was part of an ongoing process to extend research and thinking in 'Sustainable Services & Systems'.

These pages are intended to give background information about the conference and systainable services & systems (3S). The conference proceedings are also available. Please contact Russ White or Martin Charter for information on how to obtain a copy.

Sustainable Services & Systems (3S)

To move towards sustainability will require new ideas and new thinking. This will mean that companies need to move beyond eco-efficient products and processes towards 'triple bottom line' answers. Innovative solutions are required that significantly reduce energy and resource consumption. However, approaches that enable Sustainable Consumption will be a feature of more sustainable solutions. A key opportunity may come from the development of Sustainable Service Systems (3S) that focus on both function and system level innovations. However, the sustainability and business benefits of shifts towards 3S, Product Service Systems (PSS) and eco-efficient sevices are still uncertain and under researched.

Sustainable Services & Systems (3s): on-going learning partnership

Delft Universtiy of Technology, Design for Sustainability programme, in association with The Centre for Sustainable Design, are initiating a process to explore methodological development and business opportunities arising from 3S and Product Service Systems (PSS). This process will incorporate an online discussion group and face to face (f2f) workshops/conferences.

Click here to enter the online discussion group. Please add your thoughts and ideas to help move the discussion forward. Key trends resulting from the dialogue will act as an input into TSPD6. Conclusions from workshops at TSPD6 will be added to the online discussion groups to enable continuous learning.

Background information

CfSD has prepared a series of links to exisiting reports and cases on 3S. In addition, a series of sites have been identified that a) provide information on future scenarios and b) highlight scenario-building techniques.

Programme and Abstracts of Reviewed Papers

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Click here to view the Abstracts of Reviewed Papers.

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