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Sustainability assessment methods and tools to support decision-making in the process industries

Objective

Sustainability assessment methods are needed to support sustainable technology development and to evaluate the impacts of existing solutions, products and technologies. While there are aspects and indicators that are common to all process industries, sector specific tools are required to address the sector specific features in a fair and transparent way.
At the moment, several tools, assessment methods and indicators exist, but they differ in their goal and scope and are intended for different kind of use within companies, by consumers or by authorities to support policy planning and evaluation. Additionally, different tools are focused for different levels of assessment: product, company, industry or society. Thus the problem is not so much the existence of proper tools but rather the lack of understanding and knowledge on how they should be applied and in which context. Furthermore, suitable tools for analysing resource and energy efficiency within the process industries and across the different sectors should be recognized.
The aim of the SAMT project is to review and make recommendations about the most potential sustainability assessment methods for evaluating energy and resource efficiency in the process industry.
The analysis will focus on the applicability of different methods in industrial settings, the ability of the methods to support decision-making towards sustainable solutions and the suitability of the tools for cross-sectoral analysis.
SAMT will evaluate tools that cover either environmental, economic and social aspects, or a combination of these, and apply principles of life cycle thinking. The project will consider demands and make recommendations related to sectorial and cross-sectorial assessment in a wide spectrum of process industries: cement, metal, oil, water, waste and chemical industry. To maximize the impact of the project the work will be supported by active dissemination activities including an implementation strategy as an outcome.

Call for proposal

H2020-SPIRE-2014
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 191 875

Participants (9)

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 106 875
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
WUPPERTAL INSTITUT FUR KLIMA, UMWELT, ENERGIE GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 68 395
Address
Doppersberg 19
42103 Wuppertal
Activity type
Research Organisations
CEMEX RESEARCH GROUP AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Romerstrasse 13
2555 Brugg Bei Biel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SUEZ GROUPE
France
EU contribution
€ 23 359
Address
16 Place De L'iris Tour Cb21
92040 Paris La Defense Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NESTE OYJ
Finland
EU contribution
€ 11 875
Address
Keilaranta 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BAYER AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 34 200
Address
Kaiser-wilhelm-allee 1
51373 Leverkusen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BASF SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 33 225
Address
Carl Bosch Strasse 38
67063 Ludwigshafen Am Rhein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NORSK HYDRO ASA
Norway
EU contribution
€ 16 250
Address
Drammensveien 260
0283 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE NORMALIZACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 12 500
Address
Calle Genova 6
28004 Madrid
Activity type
Other