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A proposal for energy services' classification including a product service systems perspective

Benedetti, M and Cesarotti, V and Holgado, M and Introna, V and Macchi, M (2015) A proposal for energy services' classification including a product service systems perspective. In: UNSPECIFIED pp. 251-256..

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© 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license. Western manufacturing companies have lately started to rethink their approach to sustainability, mainly because of three different issues arising in the international context: the economic and financial crisis that has been slowing down the international markets' growth, the necessity to increase competitiveness and the growing awareness of environmental and energy problems. This process has eventually led to the spread of servitization strategies causing the transformation of several equipment/components manufacturers into service providers, as well as to the creation of the concept of Product-Service Systems (PSS). Furthermore, a more focused attention to energy efficiency has arisen, with the dual objective of both containing costs and meeting international regulations. The intersection of these two development paths is the constant increase in the supply of energy services, which can be marketed together with devices, machines or energy vectors, creating a peculiar form of PSS. In the present work, a new classification is proposed to map different types of energy services, based on existing categorizations of PSS and enriching them with new parameters which are typical of energy services literature, such as the level of risks sharing. The main objective of this work is to highlight the tight connection between the provision of energy services and the concepts of PSS and sustainability, in order to provide a new general classification for energy services, discussed separately and fragmentary so far in literature.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions: Div E > Production Processes
Div E > Manufacturing Systems
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:11
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2018 01:48