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Boosting Life Cycle Assessment Use in European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Serving Needs of Innovative Key Sectors with Smart Methods and Tools

Objective

"""LCA to go"" develops sectoral methods and tools for bio-based plastics, industrial machinery, electronics, renewable energy, sensors and smart textiles. These sectors have been chosen, as the manufacturers show a high interest in making clear the environmental benefits of their products to customers (""Green industries"") and in prioritizing so they can reduce their environmental impacts. This is particularly the case for SMEs. Free webtools (""apps"") will serve dedicated needs of these sectors, addressing the specifics of the technologies and implementing parameterised models, such as calculators for energy-break-even-point of photovoltaics, Product Carbon Footprints (PCF) based on technology parameters of printed circuit boards, and Key Environmental Performance Indicators (KEPIs) for smart textiles. Selected Product Category Rules will be developed to provide a robust LCA guidance for SMEs. Practically, the project website will provide an exchange of scientifically validated data templates, to assist SMEs to pass the right questions to their suppliers. Carbon Footprints are a perfect entry point for SMEs to LCA strategies. Thus, implementation of an SME-compatible PCF methodology is a key element of the project. The approaches will be tested in 7 sectoral case studies, involving suppliers, end-product manufacturers and engineering companies. Inter-linkages between the sectors (on a technical and data level) will be thoroughly addressed. A broad dissemination campaign includes a mentoring programme for 100 SMEs, which will act as showcases for others, boosting use of LCA approaches among European SMEs at large. RTD and dissemination activities will be complemented by policy recommendations and liaison with standardisation activities. The web-tools, being compatible with ILCD data and other external sources, will be made available as open source software, to be adapted to other sectors. The project will have a direct impact on sectors representing nearly 500,000 SMEs."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2010
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 695 772,50
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (17)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 300 200
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pamminger Rainer (Mr.)
SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ - INSTYTUT TELE- I RADIOTECHNICZNY
Poland
EU contribution
€ 181 360
Address
Ulica Ratuszowa 11
03 450 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Janusz Sitek (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 256 651,50
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Conny Bakker (Dr.)
SIMPPLE SLU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 241 193,40
Address
Carrer Joan Maragall 1
43003 Tarragona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eva Vila (Ms.)
CARDIFF METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 357 616,80
Address
Western Avenue 200 Llandaff
CF5 2YB Cardiff
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frank O'connor (Dr.)
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL EMBALAJE, TRANSPORTE Y LOGISTICA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 325 200
Address
Calle Albert Einstein 1 Parque Tecnologico De Valencia
46980 Paterna
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carmen Sánchez Reig (Mrs.)
SIRRIS HET COLLECTIEF CENTRUM VAN DE TECHNOLOGISCHE INDUSTRIE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 184 599,80
Address
Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80
1030 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stefan Milis (Mr.)
ASOCIACION DE INDUSTRIAS DE CONOCIMIENTO Y TECNOLOGIA - GAIA - EUSKALHERRIKO EZAGUTZA ETA TEKNOLOGIA INDUSTRIEN ELKARTEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 170 676
Address
Portuetxe Bidea, N14, Edificio Ibaeta, Planta 1ª
20018 San Sebastian
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jokin Garatea (Mr.)
MULTIMEDIA COMPUTER SYSTEM LTD
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 125 232
Address
Aranleigh House Aranleigh Court Rathfarnham
14 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anne Galligan (Ms.)
Future Shape GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 114 972,48
Address
Altlaufstrasse 34
85635 Hohenkirchen Siegertsbrunn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Axel Steinhage (Dr.)
ELDOS SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 88 975
Address
Bacciarello 54
51649 Wroclaw
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anna Girulska (Mrs.)
TAIPRO ENGINEERING SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 120 520
Address
Rue Du Bois Saint-jean 15/1
4102 Seraing Ougree
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michel Saint-Mard (Mr.)
TRAMA TECNOAMBIENTAL S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 111 280
Address
Avda. Meridiana 153
08026 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vallve Xavier (Mr.)
VALSAY S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 111 640
Address
Poligono Industrial La Nava Nave B-5
31300 Tafalla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arantxa Flamarique (Mrs.)
Carl Diver Advanced Manufacturing Consulting Limited
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 113 912,52
Address
Killult Falcarragh
Letterkenny
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carl Diver (Dr.)
INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE INCORPORATED
Taiwan
Address
Chunghsing Road 195 Section 4
310 Chutung
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Shin-Ru Tang (Mr.)
United Microelectronics Corporation LTD
Taiwan
Address
Li-hsin 2Nd Road 3
30078 Hsinchu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jessica Yin (Ms.)