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  • Networking and sharing of best practises in management of new advanced materials through the eco-design of products, eco-innovation, and product life cycle management

Specific challenge: The production, distribution, use and end-of-life management of materials is associated both with costs and important impacts on the environment, such as consumption of energy, (raw and other) materials and resources consumption, waste generation, emissions and possible generation/management of hazardous substances. It is estimated that approximately 80% of all product-related environmental impacts are determined during the design phase of a product (Aldersgate Group). Eco-design aims at reducing the environmental impact of products, including the energy consumption throughout their entire life cycle.

Scope: Projects should network actors (such as enterprises, academia and research institutions) to:

  • share knowledge and practices on eco-design, eco-innovative solutions for manufacturing processes and eco-innovative business models in line with the Commission Communication “Innovation for a sustainable Future – The Eco-Innovation Action Plan” (COM(2011)899), minimise use of material, identify product life cycle scenarios that maximise the number of consecutive cycles of reuse, remanufacturing, or recycling, and/or the time in each cycle, diversify reuse across the value chain, or extend product or component longevity and thus increase advanced material productivity and profitability with final economic benefits for the European industrial economy as a whole; and

  • provide models to decouple economic growth from resource constraints. Eco-design principles, recyclability, required materials performance and cost-effectiveness could be part of the study. Life cycle assessment, including cost effectiveness aspects, should be used to justify proposed solutions, where appropriate.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 1 and 2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. No more than one proposal will be funded.

Expected impact:

  • Better focusing of further Horizon 2020 work programmes targeting the sustainability and competitiveness of European industry through understanding of how improved design principles will reduce consumption of energy and resources, while generating economic growth and creating jobs;

  • Contributions to a circular economy approach by fostering product design that facilitates recycling and reuse;

  • Contribute to achieving EU policy on Ecodesign, ‘Innovation for a sustainable Future - The Eco-innovation Action Plan (Eco-AP)’, COM(2011)899.

Type of action: Coordination and Support Action

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