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Kodak's product assessment program reviews HSE considerations of new product commercialization across the entire product life cycle. The goal is not only to achieve worldwide regulatory compliance for new products but also incorporate other environmental attributes that position Kodak's products on the leading edge of the market. These beyond compliance positions are codified in Kodak’s internal Product Standards. These standards originated in 1991 and are intended to integrate the sources of potential future regulatory requirements, competitors' actions and public opinion into measurable standards that all new commercialization programs must meet. The Standards cover all life cycle stages and are part of Kodak's ISO 14001-certified corporate Environmental Management System.
Kodak's objective is to enhance our capability to develop product systems that enable environmentally sustainable growth. The environmental dimension of sustainable growth, often termed eco-efficiency, necessitates a product focus beyond current regulatory compliance. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and other related tools are used to gauge and improve the eco-efficiency of product systems in order to provide more product or service value for less environmental influence. The tools quantitative and qualitative methods may be applied to analyze environmental impacts across all life stages of a product system: material acquisition, manufacturing, packaging/distribution, use, and end-of-life. Eco-efficiency tools are used to establish metrics, set design targets, provide design guidance, and/or compare competing technologies based on associated environmental impacts.
To help meet the challenge, Kodak has partnered with academic institutions to enhance its eco-efficiency tools, obtain a better understanding of the environmental profiles of various imaging systems, and identify opportunities for improvement. No matter what the technology, at each stage of its "life cycle," Kodak has programs to drive down the use of resources, reduce the waste generated and minimize the environmental impacts.