Complete list of activities for the dissemination of the LIFE FUTURE PROJECT

[11/04/2017] - The GUF Tool is on its way!

The project consortium has continued to work on the design and development of the GUF Tool during the last six months. The design of the tool structure and features has been completed, as well as the graphical image and interface. The core programming framework has already been developed and the tool functionalities are now being programmed, including:

 

Criteria for green public procurement (GPP) of urban furniture, which will allow public authorities to include environmental clauses for urban furniture in their call for tenders and evaluate the offers received accordingly.

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[11/04/2017] - FOCUS ON GPP CRITERIA

The GPP criteria used in LIFE FUTURE will allow an easy inclusion of green requirements in public tender documents. These are mainly based on the EU GPP Toolkit  and complemented with criteria from other sources (Umweltbundesamt, ICLEI, Pianoo, US EPA, and so forth). The criteria aim to reach a good balance between environmental performance, cost considerations, market availability and ease of verification.

Sustainability of plastics through GPP criteria for furniture

Plastics, including both thermoplastics (with PS, PVC and PP being the most widely used for outdoor furniture) and thermosets (phenolic resins as adhesives, epoxy ...

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[11/04/2017] - Ensuring future use of the GUF Tool, which characteristics to take into account?

The beta version development of the GUF Tool is one of the most decisive moments of the project. All the work done so far must be reflected and basic criteria should be established to ensure the future uses of the tool. The study of the state of the art in Life Cycle Assessment software helped us to extract the following criteria:

- As end users may not be familiar with the Life Cycle Assessment methodology, the GUF Tool must be user friendly, intuitive and allow an easy data introduction or also to guide this data introduction.

- Manufacturers and public a...

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[11/04/2017] - Participation of the Universitat Jaume I in life future project

The Universitat Jaume I (Spain), abbreviated UJI, is a young institution founded in 1991. Currently, it has around fourteen thousand students scattered across a wide range of degree, master and doctoral programmes in almost all disciplines from medicine, economy, law, humanities to studies of science and engineering. 

Six European institutions participate in LIFE FUTURE project, including UJI. Rosario Vidal, Teresa Gallego and Núria Sánchez-Pantoja, professors and researchers of the Mechanical Engineering and Construction Department, with extensive teaching and research experience in the fields...

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[11/04/2017] - AIJU, sharing knowledge in the industrial environment with LIFE FUTURE project

AIJU is a research centre specialized in toys, children’s products and leisure, based in Spain (Europe) and also established in China (Asia).

AIJU is made up of a multidisciplinary team of over 70 experts in child safety, advanced manufacturing, market, consumer psychology, education, etc.

AIJU’s objective is to optimize the process of creating and developing children’s products from the initial idea until its launch onto the market. With over 25 years of experience, AIJU advised hundreds of companies (small, large, multinational), on thousands of products to ensure their success.

AIJU offers you a wide rang...

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[11/04/2017] - How to elaborate new proposals of urban furniture through different strategies of ecodesign?

The Project LIFE FUTURE has been a great opportunity to stimulate the ecodesign of urban furniture among the students of the Universitat Jaume I (Spain). 

During the last two academic years, students of the degree in Engineering in Industrial Design and Product Development have developed new proposals of urban furniture following different ecodesign strategies, such as the reuse of tires or the optimization of distribution using local materials. 

One of the tools to facilitate ecodesign is the EcoDesign Wheel or Wheel LIDS, which allows d...

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[11/04/2017] - Using circular economy for urban furniture, the example of a LIFE FUTURE Stakeholder

Interested organisations (public authorities, producers, NGOs, academics, etc.) have the possibility to get involved directly in the LIFE FUTURE project and benefit from the project outputs by becoming a stakeholder.

One of them is a company in Valencia, CMPLASTIK, which offers innovative and environmentally friendly solutions to urban furniture following a circular economy philosophy and recycles plastic waste that have been left in the landfills giving them a second life. 

This company is developing a lot of projects in the urban furniture and traffic areas, both nationally and internationally, and they are being implemented s...

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[11/04/2017] - WHAT'S NEXT

During the next six months of the project, the consortium will continue working on the development and simplification of the GUF Tool. LCA studies of urban furniture are being performed to simplify the tool based on their results. These studies will be completed and published by the end of April 2017, while the completion of the GUF Tool is foreseen by the end of September 2017. The consortium will continue to disseminate the project among stakeholders to engage them in the project. For example, AIMPLAS will present the LIFE FUTURE project in the event "Circular economy: the road towards the recycling targets 2020-2030", which will be held on the 27...

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[20/09/2016] - Valencia: sustainability and public procurement in the city

Valencia, located on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, with almost 800,000 inhabitants, is the third largest Spanish city. According to Cities in Motion Index, it has recently been described as one of the fifty best cities in the world. Sustainability and environmental criteria, as well as urban services place it near the top of the ranking of cities with the best quality of life.  

This city is best known by its beaches, its food and its festivities–the famous Fallas–, which turned it into a tourist destination of excellence. Valencia is also an important enclave for knowledge, culture, research and technology. It has two pu...

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[20/09/2016] - PROGRESSES OF THE PROJECT

The project consortium has been working on the development of the GUF Tool during the last six months. The work has focused primarily on the collection, evaluation and simplification of GPP criteria, which will allow public authorities to include environmental clauses for urban furniture in their call for tenders. These criteria are being processed in order to make them more accessible and understandable to the public staff. Furthermore, the project consortium has collected and evaluated characterisation factors that allow to assess the life cycle environmental impacts of the various materials that can be present in urban furniture products. Both GP...

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[20/09/2016] - FOCUS ON GPP CRITERIA

The GPP criteria used in LIFE FUTURE will allow an easy inclusion of green requirements in public tender documents. These are based on the EU GPP Toolkit,  which provides a specific set of environmental criteria for various types of product categories, including furniture products (currently under revision). These criteria aim to reach a good balance between environmental performance, cost considerations, market availability and ease of verification.

SUSTAINABLE USE OF WOOD IN GPP CRITERIA FOR FURNITURE

Wood is one of the most frequently used raw materials for manufacturing urban furniture. We can found in our cities a wide rang...

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[20/09/2016] - Buying Green Handbook in your language!

The “Buying Green! – A Handbook on green public procurement” published by the European Commission is now available in all 23 EU languages online. 

It is the main guidance document of the European Commission to support the acquisition of good and services with a lower environmental impact by public authorities. It can also be used by policy makers and companies responding to green tenders.

This third edition of the Handbook, published on April 2016, has been fully revised to provide the following:

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[20/09/2016] - Stay in touch

The GUF Tool is still under preparation but you can already make sure you will not miss any update on its development by staying in touch with us. Luckily, they are different possibilities to follow the project’s activities.

It is of course possible to regularly check the website for new information; but to be following even closely the project, you can become a stakeholder and express your support through a letter. By doing so, you will not only show your interest for the project but also receive the project’s updates directly in your mailbox. Organisations who are already stakeholders are all displayed on the stakeholder page o...

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[20/09/2016] - WHATS NEXT

During the next six months of the project, the consortium will continue working on the development of the GUF Tool, including the completion of the database and its connectivity to the online tool. Moreover, the consortium will intensify efforts to spread the project among public authorities, urban furniture manufacturers/suppliers and other stakeholders, in order to engage them in the project. For example, AIMPLAS will present the LIFE FUTURE project in the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy to be held on the 6th of October in Valencia. 

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[21/04/2016] - WHATS NEXT

During the next six months of the project, the consortium will work on the development of the GUF Tool, including the database containing GPP criteria and environmental profiles for materials and processes related to urban furniture products. The key issues of the tool that will be addressed during this period are the programming framework, including the connectivity to the database, the detailed structure and features and a preliminary interface. Efforts will be focused on functionality and user-friendliness.

Monitoring actions will be also performed during the coming months in order to determine the curr...

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[21/04/2016] - Koprivnica

Koprivnica is a city situated in northern Croatia, near the borders of Slovenia and Hungary. It is the 18th biggest Croatian city by size, with 30.872 citizens. First mentioned in 13th century, the city has a rich culture and history which is still preserved to this day.

Koprivnica is known as a city of knowledge, because it hosts the youngest state university, University North. But it also attracts small and medium enterprises (SMEs), thanks to its adequately developed business zones and efficient infrastructure and communal facilities. Great effort has been invested into creating a set of good basic business conditions, especially for SMEs...

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[21/04/2016] - FIRST PROGRESSES OF THE PROJECT

During the first six months of the project, the consortium completed the preparatory actions that will serve as a starting point for the development of the rest of the project. These actions included a technical update and the identification and characterisation of the different urban furniture products. A summary of the state-of-the-art on green public procurement (GPP) was produced, including current legislation and standards as well as existing procedures, tools and methodologies for GPP. Furthermore, thirteen urban furniture products were identified and characterised according to the different mater...

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[21/04/2016] - LIFE FUTURE Boosting the sustainability in cities

LIFE FUTURE is a 2.5 year European project that started in 2015, co-funded with support from the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union. It is led by a consortium of 6 partners representing both public authorities and research institutes. The partners are:

- AIMPLAS

- ACR+

- AIJU

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