In recent years there has been an increased awareness of
the important possibilities that Design in Engineering offers
for the minimization of the environmental impacts throughout
the product life cycle. This fact, due to the progressive
evolution from the first approaches, more reactive to the
environmental situation, soon led to a large number of proposals,
experiences and publications that can be classified as Design
for Environment (DfE).
The research group ID&EA (Integration of Design and
Environmental Assessment) was stablished in 1998, as a result
of the experience of its members in the area of Project
engineering, in order to further research in this growing
area. The increasing importance of Design in Engineering
and the awareness of the significance of environmental problems
in the industry encouraged its creation.
This is a pluridisciplinar group composed by doctors, professors
and research fellows, specialized in areas such as industrial
engineering projects, chemical engineering, environment,
energy, business organization, etc.