Product lifecycle

Re-engineering for a circular economy

Understand how to assess sustainability in design and manufacturing to build a robust business case.

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Members: £550 + VAT
Non-members: £650 + VAT

Designed for those that have already understood the need for sustainability but are eager to know how to maximise product, economic, environmental and social sustainability.

- Tom Festa

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Re-engineering for a circular economy
£550.00 Plus vat
Non Members:
£650.00 Plus vat


Understand how to assess sustainability in design and manufacturing to build a robust business case.

End consumers, businesses in a supply chain and investors are becoming increasingly more demanding that the products and services they use have been developed and produced on a sustainable basis.

Products are produced and consumed in systems. These ‘systems’ in the past were often regarded as linear; namely design, produced, finite-use and dispose. Today, circular systems which rethink how product resources are used and reused are offering new business opportunities e.g. provision of associated services, product updates during customer use and end-of-life reuse schemes.

This course focuses on helping organisations to understand how to assess sustainability practices including influence on supply chains, product use, end of life (e.g. can it be recycled, disposed, reused etc) to produce a business case for incorporating sustainable practices in way that go far beyond just “going green”.

Who should attend?

  • Business and engineering leaders
  • Business strategists
  • New product development

How will I benefit?

  • Make a sustainability assessment of your existing situation
  • Be able to measure a product’s carbon footprint equivalent (journey to net-zero)
  • Identify opportunities presented by sustainable thinking

    e.g. finding product reuse/recycle/repropose use cases

  • Understand the concept of “Life Cycle Analysis” (LCA)
  • Adopt the concept of the 'triple bottom line' to enhance a business case
  • Be able to mind-map the “system” in which the product is manufactured and used
Contributes 7 CPD hours

Key topics

  • Sustainable business by definition (including social and legislative pressures)
  • The triple bottom line
  • Moving from linear to circular product life cycles
  • Fundamentals of new project profitability – rethinking products, process related services
  • Systems moving to net-zero
  • Measuring a CO2E footprint for a product and its production system
  • Re-engineering approach with a 360 degree mind-set (where to focus resources)
  • Key project phases and targets involved in circular economy
  • Case study: BMW application to set sustainability targets

Once you have understood how to assess sustainability practices in your organisation, you will need to learn how to incorporate this into your projects. Sustainable product lifecycle design will help you to apply sustainable design considerations for projects, production and supply chains.

Mapped against UK- SPEC competencies: A, B, C, D and E

  1. Knowledge and understanding - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimize the application of existing and emerging technology’ For Incorporated Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist mechanical engineering knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology’
  2. Design and development of processes, systems, services and products - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of mechanical engineering problems’ For Incorporated Engineers ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct commission, operate, maintain, decommission and re-cycle mechanical engineering processes, systems, services and products’
  3. Responsibility, management or leadership - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: 'Provide Technical and commercial leadership’
  4. Communication and inter-personal skills - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: 'Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills’
  5. Professional commitment - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: ‘Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment’

Meet our trainers

These trainers regularly teach Re-engineering for a circular economy.

  • Harvey Leech

    Harvey Leach

    Harvey is a mechanical engineer by training and spent over 25 years working in a variety of roles through the whole product lifecycle in the automotive industry - from research, through product development to production strategy. For the last 15 years, he has been applying this breadth of experience as a consultant, trainer and coach, helping multi-functional teams to work collaboratively to bring products to market better and faster at lower cost.
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    Tom Festa

    Tom Festa is a MBA-qualified Chartered Engineer who has worked and led Vehicle Projects for MINI BMW for over 20 years. Now an Engineering Management consultant who lectures at Oxford Brookes University (Engineering Mgmt Ethics and Sustainability) and is a trainer for the IMechE.

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  • UK-Spec:
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