The ADS Design for Environment group’s remit is to be the industry reference platform regarding product sustainability, by briefing ADS members on DfE issues via workshops, the ADS website, industry briefings, etc. – its aim is to ensure that eco-design adds value to ADS member’s products and businesses.

An important aspect of this is to develop a standard in eco-design for the ADS industry and the group has been working for a number of years on the creation of standard industry metrics for the aerospace sector. In 2013, the DfE group took on an EngD Research Engineer, Abdul Miah, to help further the work of the group, based at ADS and 5 companies who fund this project with the University of Surrey as the academic partner. His research project “Product sustainability within the aerospace, defence, space, and security (ADS) industries”, completed in 2017.

On 7th December 2017, Abdul Miah (pictured below with three of his industrial supervisors) successfully sat his viva voce examination at the University of Surrey at the end of his research and, subject to making some minor changes to his thesis, has been awarded his EngD - congratulations Abdul!

 Abdul Miah and Industrial Supervisors from ADS, Rolls-Royce and Granta

ADS and members of the DfE group are currently considering how to continue to progress this work, potentially as part of another Doctorate research project. 


The Design for Environment Group reports to the Environmental Working Group of ADS and its remit is to: 

  • Be the industry reference platform regarding product sustainability, 
  • Brief ADS members on eco-design issues via workshops, the ADS website, industry briefings, etc; 
  • Develop a standard in eco-design for the ADS industries; 
  • To ensure that eco-design adds value to the ADS members products and businesses

As part of this work, the DfE group has 5 published position papers on the aspects of:



Note that at the Environmental 'Super-Meet' held on 27th January 2018, it was decided to combine the Design for Environment (DfE) WG with the Environmental WG into a new group called the "Environment and Sustainabilty" WG, as there were large overlaps in both group's activities. The first meeting of this new group will be in London on 19th April 2018, where the groups Terms of Reference and workplan will be discussed. When this is confirmed, the Design for Environment WG page will be removed.

As the Design for Environment WG is no longer operational, membership is no longer relevant, however, Membership of the new Environment & Sustainability WG is open to all ADS members - to join, please contact Kevin.Morris@adsgroup.org.uk or tel.: 020 7091 4530, who will validate your application and add you to the Membership.

Key Roles

Group Facilitator
Kevin Morris, ADS Group Ltd (Farnborough)
kevin.morris@adsgroup.org.uk | Tel: 0207 091 4530

Andrew Clifton, Rolls-Royce PLC

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