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

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.
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Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

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Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 191 875

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Address

Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 Vtt Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

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FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 106 875

WUPPERTAL INSTITUT FUR KLIMA, UMWELT, ENERGIE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 68 395

CEMEX RESEARCH GROUP AG

Switzerland

SUEZ GROUPE

France

EU Contribution

€ 23 359

NESTE OYJ

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 11 875

BAYER TECHNOLOGY SERVICES GMBH

Germany

Bayer

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 34 200

BASF SE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 33 225

NORSK HYDRO ASA

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 16 250

ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE NORMALIZACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 12 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 636727

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 514 804,38

  • EU contribution

    € 498 554

Coordinated by:

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland