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Development and application of standardized methodology for the PROspective SUstaInability assessment of TEchnologies

Objective

The main goal of PROSUITE is to develop a framework methodology, operational methods and tools for the sustainability assessment of current and future technologies over their life cycle, applicable to different stages of maturity. The project will apply the methodology for four technology cases with close consultation of the stakeholders involved, which includes cases from biorefineries, nanotechnology, information technologies, and carbon storage and sequestration. PROSUITE will show (i) how to combine technology forecasting methods with life cycle approaches, and (ii) how to develop and possibly combine the economic, environmental and social sustainability dimensions in a standardized, comprehensive, and broadly accepted way. PROSUITE will create a solid research basis for technology characterization, including the identification of decisive technology features, basic engineering modules for estimations of material flows and energy use, and learning curves. For the economic assessment, methods for the assessment for economic and sectoral impacts of novel technologies will be developed and combined with background data for scenario-based life-cycle inventory modelling. For the environmental assessment, state-of-the-art environment indicators will be proposed together with targeted method development for the assessment of geographically explicit land and water use impacts, metal toxicity and outdoor nanoparticle exposure. For the social assessment, a set of quantitative and qualitative social indicators will be selected via participatory approaches, setting the standard for future assessments. The use of various multicriteria assessment methods will be explored to aggegrate across indicators. The methods developed will be part of a decision support system, which will be output as open source modular software.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Address

Heidelberglaan 8
3584 Cs Utrecht

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 784 385

Administrative Contact

Mirjam Harmelink (Ms.)

Participants (24)

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NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 387 841

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 386 250

DIALOGIK GEMEINNUETZIGE GESELLSCHAFT FUER KOMMUNIKATIONS- UND KOOPERATIONSFORSCHUNG mbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 397 776

FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA.

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 176 800

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 388 816

INSTITUT SYMLOG

France

EU Contribution

€ 194 130

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 186 941

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 241 136

INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 286 525

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA TARSADALOMTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT

Hungary

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 204 250

PRE CONSULTANTS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 186 089

GREENDELTA GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 338 865

IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 21 942

SOLVAY SA

Belgium

ORGANIC WASTE SYSTEMS NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 27 341

NOKIA OYJ

Finland

HEIQ MATERIALS AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 17 028

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 75 202

SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS AB

Sweden

DSM RESINS BV

Netherlands

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 310 579

HYBRID PLASTICS

United States

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA SZOCIOLOGIAI KUTATOINTEZET

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 170 300

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 227078

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2009

  • End date

    31 October 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 330 395

  • EU contribution

    € 4 782 196

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands