Acknowledgements

MEPSS Project management
The MEPSS project was coordinated by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Project leaders were Cees van Halen and Hendrik Wiegand, supported by Peter Karsch and Marten Slagter.
The first two years of the MEPSS project, the project was split into three worklines, sub-coordinated by work line leaders:
  • The ‘Design’ work line was co-ordinated by Carlo Vezzoli – DIS/SDI,  Politecnico di Milano (Polimi).
  • The ‘Assessment’ work line was co-ordinated by Mark Goedkoop – PRé  Consultants.
  • The ‘Success and Failure’ work line was co-ordinated by Robert Wimmer – GrAT.
The editorial board of the Handbook
For the realisation of the Handbook, an editorial board was installed that consisted of Cees van Halen (PwC/ PfI), Robert Wimmer(GrAT) and Carlo Vezzoli (Polimi). Native speaker check of the Handbook was executed by Tim Cooper (SHU).
Content of the Handbook
The content of the introductory chapters was written by Cees van Halen and reviewed by Robert Wimmer.
The content of design line was co-ordinated by Carlo Vezzoli. Operative responsible have been Dalia Sciama and Annamaria Formentini. For what concern specific parts:
  • Francois Jegou wrote: “Performing Scenario Workshop”; “Elaborate Scenario’s Format”, “worksheet 19 - Worksheet - Scenario Building”; “21 - Worksheet - System Map”
  • Daniela Sangiorgi wrote: “PSS design”; “worksheet 17 - Interaction Table”
  • Daniela Sangiorgi and Elena Pacenti wrote: “PSS Idea design”; “worksheet 16 - Offering Diagram”
  • Dalia Sciama wrote: “20 - Worksheet - Sustainability Design-Orienting (SDO)”
  • Ursula Tishner wrote: “Socio-Ethical Sustainability” in SDO Toolkit; “Economic Sustainability” in SDO Toolkit.
  • Carlo Vezzoli wrote:  “Environmental Sustainability” in SDO Toolkit.
  • Carlo Vezzoli wrote and Ursula Tishner revised: “Prioritise sustainability guidelines (level 1: scenario)”; “Visualise Sustainability Aspects of PSS Scenario”; “Prioritise Sustainability Guidelines (level 2- PSS Idea)”; “Visualise Sustainability Aspects of PSS Idea”; “Visualise Sustainability aspects of developed PSS”.

The content of the Assessment work line was coordinated, and to a large extend developed by Mark Goedkoop and Carmen Alvarado from PRé consultants. Capucine Vayn and Jochen Krimphoff from Ecobilan- PricewaterhouseCoopers Paris contributed much to the tool descriptions and the decision tree, as well as the outline of the whole methodology. Ecobilan- PricewaterhouseCoopers Paris also tested the methodology through casestudies with EDF, the French electricity company and Parkersell a UK based provider of lighting solutions. Kai Hockert developed the property rights analysis and contributed to the rebound analysis.
The content of the workline Success and Failure Factors was carried out under co- ordination and operative responsibility of Robert Wimmer. Together with Lothar Rehse he wrote the parts for System Analysis including the worksheets and the industrial case study AURO. Together with Filomena Grimaldi (Polimi) he wrote the Stakeholder Involvement chapters, Marten Haage and Cees van Halen (both PwC) were contributing to this contents. Wilma Aarts (ZHM) and Gerd Scholl (IOEW) provided the contents for the chapters on consumer acceptance and the associated worksheets. Tim Cooper contributed with consumer typology and regulatory issues.
Webtool
Cees van Halen coordinated the realisation of the MEPSS Webtool. Technical realisation of this tool was supported by Nathan Waelkens (Imigo), Marten Slagter (PwC) and Ronald Vijfhuizen and Mathieu Mathieu van der Wal (aHa Web)
MEPSS partners, subcontractors and peers
At progress meetings and during the execution of the research active contribution was received from all partners:
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)– The Netherlands, Project coordinator
  • DIS/SDI, INDACO dept., Politecnico di Milano (Polimi)– Italy
  • Econcept – Germany
  • Dalt / Solutioning  –France
  • PRé  Consultants – The Netherlands
  • CMER INSEAD – France
  • Ecobilan – France
  • GrAT – Austria
  • Zuid-Hollandse Milieu Federatie – The Netherlands
Subcontractors:
  • Institut für Ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung – Germany
  • Centre for Sustainable Consumption, Sheffield Hallam University – U.K.
During the lifetime of the project, a large number of MEPSS partners meetings were organised. At these meetings, project progress was discussed and methodological issues were solved.
Members of the Peer Group have given their input for the directions to be taken in MEPSS at three meetings. A Peer Group member was provided by: 2.-0 LCA Consultants (DK), IVAM UvA (NL), SERI (A), MOTOROLA (D), UNILEVER (NL), TNO (NL), Integral (NL), KIEM (NL), Technical University Denmark (DK), SONY (D).
Networks
MEPSS actively contributed to the activities of networking projects Pi-NET and SusproNet, clustering initiatives that were supported by the EC to act as clusters for the individual PSS projects funded under the Growth programme (Fifth Framework Programme). These clustering projects catalysed the exchange of expertise on product-service systems for sustainable competitive growth.