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Operational Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment Methodology Supporting Decisions Towards a Circular Economy

Objective

Sustainable development and circular economy require balancing between environmental, economic and social benefits and de-coupling the economic growth from resource use. The European New Green Deal highlights the need for reliable, comparable and verifiable sustainability information. Existing sustainability assessment approaches suffer from lack of comprehensiveness, consistency and practical tools for implementation. This results in fragmented and hardly comparable information on product sustainability performance.
The ORIENTING project takes up this challenge and develops a robust and operational methodology for the life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) of products and services. The novelty value of the project relates to an approach that considers environmental, social and economic impacts in an integrated way. The ambition is to develop a methodology that can assess goods produced under linear as well as circular business models, allowing practitioners to understand and manage possible trade-offs.
ORIENTING contributes to the development of a future Product Sustainability Footprint at European level, evolving existing PEF and designing new indicators for the evaluation of material criticality and product circularity. New tools will be developed to support and simplify the methodology application in business and policy development. Tools include guidance and training materials, data and software specifications and a hands-on LCSA IT tool. The LCSA methodology and its enabling tools are demonstrated in five industrial case studies. The consortium works in close cooperation with various stakeholders (industry associations and clusters, SMEs, consumer organisations, as well as governmental and standardisation bodies). The project outcomes will enable informed business decisions and contribute to the development of a levelled playing field – a single market – for products based on robust (i.e. transparent and verifiable) sustainability information.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

H2020-LCCI-2020-EASME-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 641 000

Participants (15)

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 685 706,25
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 689 312,50
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 863 486,25
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
ECOINNOVAZIONE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 316 480
Address
Via Massimo D Azeglio 51
40123 Bologna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PRE SUSTAINABILITY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 423 357,50
Address
Stationsplein 121
3818 LE Amersfoort
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EIFER EUROPAISCHES INSTITUT FUR ENERGIEFORSCHUNG EDF KIT EWIV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 375 375
Address
Emmy Noether Strasse 11
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 201 628,75
Address
Falkner Road
GU9 7DS Farnham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOINVENT ASSOCIATION
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 485 817,50
Address
Technoparkstrasse 1
8005 Zurich
Activity type
Other
LAVOLA 1981 SAU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 185 000
Address
Avinguda De Roma 252-254
08560 Manlleu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECOPRENEUR.EU
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 119 115
Address
Rue Belliard 40
1040 Etterbeek
Activity type
Other
ASOCIACION CLUSTER DE INDUSTRIAS DEMEDIO AMBIENTE DE EUSKADI
Spain
EU contribution
€ 77 102,50
Address
Pasco De Uribitarte 3
48001 Bilbao
Activity type
Other
BASF SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 600 000
Address
Carl Bosch Strasse 38
67063 Ludwigshafen Am Rhein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IMPORT ARRASATE SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 130 210
Address
Pol Industrial Kataide Pabellon 19
20500 Mondragon Gipuzkoa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STORA ENSO OYJ
Finland
EU contribution
€ 125 000
Address
Kanavaranta 1
00101 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOLANA SOCIETA AGRICOLA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 78 747,50
Address
Strada Provinciale 196 Snc
26843 Maccastorna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)