Manufacture of products with a maximum positive impact and minimum negative impact throughout their life cycle requires optimum product planning from the development stage.
ICL-IP combines environmental, health and safety criteria with commercial and operational considerations when developing new products. All potential material to be used for development is tested comprehensively and rigorously to specify its properties (physical properties of the material, efficiency, toxicity to humans and the environment.
As a driver for sustainable development a quantitative model was developed recently: the sustainability index for materials in development. The purpose of the index is to set parameters for a sustainable product in the development stages, evaluate products’ sustainability rating and through innovative development improve this rating. Materials that have properties defined as “no go” are stopped at the development stage and are not commercialized.