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A consumer oriented prototype – forming the nucleus of a novel Ecological Accounting System

Objective

myEcoCost is a foundational methodology that defines a global collaborative network of resource accounting nodes. It provides a means of accounting for and expressing usage of natural resources for products, services and technologies, to inform all economic actors including SMEs (Small and Medium size Enterprise) and consumers, on environmentally relevant information. It is a novel, bottom up approach to measure resource efficiency, the results of which are applicable in corporate, industry and society wide contexts. It is an asynchronous, recursive, non-centralised data gathering and dissemination technique for a large scale stakeholder network.
myEcoCost aims to support various environmental accounting and assessment practices applicable to various national and international environment policy objectives. It links business added value to a measurement of aggregated resource usage as accepted environmental pressure indicator which goes beyond single issue indicators such as carbon footprint. Using an Internet-based service-oriented architecture (SOA) relevant and timely data is passed from supplier to customer recursively through the whole value chain to produce “ecoCosts” for each product or service. The project will demonstrate how it is technically possible to provide timely and accurate resource efficiency statements.
For this to happen a series of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) infrastructure components will be arranged: A resource accounting framework to determine “ecoCosts”, an ICT delivery mechanism to transfer the measurement from supplier to customer, benchmark figures for companies and consumers linking to macro level policy objectives, and interfaces for industry and consumers to interpret the measurement to assist decision making.
The project aims at researching and developing all key ICT and software elements to trial and to demonstrate the resource accounting framework and infrastructure in a proof-of-concept prototype, involving various value chain actors, users, environmental data processors and policy makers.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Coordinator

SAFRAN PASSENGER INNOVATIONS GERMANY GMBH
Address
Argelsrieder Feld 22
82234 Wessling Oberpfaffenhofen
Germany

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markus Werner (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 1 110 138,50

Participants (8)

ROBERT STEWART MOSTYN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 322 727,60
Address
Kennel Cottage, Shendish 2
HP3 0AB Hemel Hempstead

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Mostyn (Mr.)
THE NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 440 000
Address
50 Shakespeare Street
NG1 4FQ Nottingham

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Victoria Campion (Mrs.)
BJORLING STEN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 418 994,80
Address
Kyrkogatan 5 A 2 Tr
97232 Lulea

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sten-Erik Björling (Mr.)
WUPPERTAL INSTITUT FUR KLIMA, UMWELT, ENERGIE GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 453 473,80
Address
Doppersberg 19
42103 Wuppertal

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Annemarie Sauter-Merten (Ms.)
ECOVER CO ORDINATION CENTER NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 27 949,80
Address
Steenovenstraat 1 Bus A
2390 Malle

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tom Domen (Mr.)
JONATHAN MICHAEL SMITH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 38 700
Address
Blackbirds Perch St Martin
TR25 0QN Isles Of Scilly

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jonathan Smith (Mr.)
BOOTS UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 26 829,50
Address
Thane Road West
NG2 3AA Nottingham

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew Jenkins (Mr.)
GS1 GERMANY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 109 970
Address
Maarweg 133
50825 Koln

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tim Bartram (Mr.)