ASU Center for Organization Research and Design

Is the Industrial Product-Service System Really Sustainable

by A. Guelere Filho; A. R. Ometto; D.C.A. Pigosso; H. Rozenfeld; S.R. Sousa

Jan 1, 2010

As the product-service system has shifted from its original concept to the Industrial PSS, its scope has expanded to include industrial products. Furthermore, the overall goal of reducing environmental impacts has been left behind. Despite the PSS's potential as a business model for a more sustainable production and consumption system, the mere addition of services to conventional products does not necessarily lead to a reduction of environmental impacts. This paper aims to discuss the concepts related to PSS, the need for considering environmental impact reduction as a critical issue for sustainability, and the role of ecodesign practices in the development of PSS.