Since 1971, the Environmental Actions Programmes are addressing the EC in the environmental field, identifying priority areas and integrating environmental objectives into other policies for tackling environmental issues. In 2013, the EU agreed its 7th Environmental Action Programme, calling for measures to further improve the environmental performance of EU goods and services over their whole life-cycle including measures to increase the supply of environmentally sustainable products.

The Environmental Indicator Report 2014, was set up by the European Environment Agency (EEA) to evaluate such measures, focusing on Food, Clothing and Electric and Electronic Goods. This report appoints Eco-innovation and Eco-design as crucial transition factors that hit at how sustainable production and consumption patterns might look in the future, as more than 80% of the environmental impact of a product is defined at the design stage.

Furthermore the Bruges Communiqué on enhanced European Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training for the period 2011-2020 says that ‘…the transition to a green economy is a mega trend which affects skill needs across many different jobs and sectors’.

The EEA Report 2014 indicates some opportunities in education for the change to a sustainable production-consumption systems like educating designers on their choices implications across the product life-cycle. This could include raising awareness on the pressures associated with different raw materials. It could also include training on how selecting materials and increasing the reuse potential and eventual recycling.

The 3rd report of EEA (Environmental Impacts of Production-Consumption Systems in Europe) indicates that the EU economy is highly dependent on trading with the rest of the world. Electrical and electronic goods, clothing and food are production-consumption systems with globalized supply chains and large shares of imports to the EU economy. Production of these goods in Europe still contributes considerably (but decreasingly) to gross domestic products (GDP) and jobs, while these sectors continue growing in many less developed countries.

If the production stage is more often being carried out abroad, the design phase is mainly undertaken by European designers.

The overall objective is to highlight ways that production-consumption systems can be adjusted to augment societal benefits and minimize societal costs.


ECOSIGN is a Sector Skills Alliance co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, that started on 1st November 2015 and will end on 31 October 2018, aiming at creating an Eco-Innovation Skills partnership in four European countries (Slovenia, Spain, Romania and Italy) addressing the lack of knowledge of designers coming from the three economic sectors in which the Environmental Indicator Report 2014 focuses: food packaging, electronic goods and textile/ clothing.

ECOSIGN will allow industrial designers from those sectors to reduce environmental impact during the product life-cycle from the earliest stage of design, including the use of raw materials and natural resources, manufacturing, packaging, transport, disposal and recycling, avoiding the risk of uncoordinated product planning that could lead to a negative impact for the environment (for example, eliminating a toxic substance should not lead to higher energy consumption).

The main results of this alliance will be a new joint curriculum and a training course for European eco-designers that will add skills and competences to the designers regarding environmental technologies. Also, it will allow designers, from one specific sector, to change their industrial activity to other sector.

Target groups are:

  • Vocational Students
  • Food packaging Designers
  • Fashion and industrial textile designers
  • Designers of electronic/electrical goods

ECOSIGN aims and objectives will contribute to the Agenda for New Skills and Jobs, an EC initiative for reaching the employment target for 2020 by equipping people with the right skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow and improving the conditions for job creation.

As the theme is very wide and it’s needed a multi-sectorial perspective, the partners of the project are from different countries specialized in eco-innovation in different sectors, as research centres and associations, educational providers or authorities like VET centres or independent certification bodies.





Project Partners



Slovenian Tool And Die
Developement Center



University Of Maribor



Institute Of The Republic Of Slovenia
For Vocational Education And Training



Technical Research Centre Of Furniture
And Wood Of The Region Of Murcia



Centro Tecnológico Nacional
De La Conserva Y Alimentación



Servicio Regional De Empleo Y Formación
Región De Murcia



Innovation Experience




Aicq Sicev



Sectoral Commettee For Vocational Training
In Environmental Protection






Experts Committee


News & Events


Feb 17

Introductin to Eco-Design

What does industrial design mean? How can we introduce eco-design in this discipline?
See these 3 interesting and attractive videos to find out more:


Jan 17

Ecosign: A useful tool for designers to enhance their contribution for a sustainable circular economy

Attached an article about Ecosign project published on the January 2017 issue of Tex Innovation, a magazine focused on Technical & Innovative Textiles.

Ecosign article_published on Tex Innovation January 2017


Jan 17

Newsletter n. 3 – The role of design in the production process planning

In the Newsletter n. 3, it will be discussed the contribution of design to production planning as a contribution to sustainability and the enhancement of Circular Economy in the textile & clothing sector.

See enclosure: ecosign-newsletter-no-3_eng


Nov 16

Press Release M12

Press Release about M12 meeting partners in Bucharest, Romania, held on 27-28 September 2016



Oct 16

Newsletter n. 2

The ECOSIGN team has created a quarterly Newsletter to exchange knowledge and information focused on those sectors in order to reduce environmental impact during the products life-cycle, including the use of raw materials and natural resources, manufacturing, packaging, transport, disposal and recycling.

Much more information about the Eco-design topic can be found on Ecosign Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin profiles.

Ecosign project will end on 31 October 2018 with the main result to create a new joint curriculum and a training course for European Eco Designers that will add skills and competences to the designers regarding environmental technologies.

In the next issues of Ecosign Newsletter, updates about the project will be published.

If you need further information, you can contact the Ecosign team.



Sep 16

CETEM presents Ecosign Project at FMY in Yecla (ES)


CETEM participated at the 2016 edition of FMY – the oldest and most relevant Furniture Trade Show in Spain, that was held from 26th to 29th September in Yecla (Spain).

The ECOSIGN project was presented in the Cetem booth and brochures were given out to interested visitors.


Feb 17

Presentation of Ecosign Project during VIII Food Technology International Symposium

The MURCIA FOOD BROKERAGE EVENT 2017  will take place in Murcia on 9-10 May 2017. This is an international event that will present the latest innovations in the field of Food Technology and where companies from different countries will have the opportunity to meet and to find new ways of partnership.
On the same days, it will be held the “VIII Food Technology International Symposium” with lectures and presentations of the latest news regarding the food sector. It is also foreseen a specific session about Circular Economy that will see the participation of Mr Roberto Vannucci (Centrocot) with a lecture regarding “Principles of Circular Economy and EcoDesign. Ecosign Project”

Registration at:

Program enclosed

VIII INT SYMPOSIUM Programme 9 May 2017


Oct 16

Presentation of Ecosign project at the next CTC workshop on Food Packaging

Next 20 October 2016, CTC will organize a half day workshop that intends to give an overview of food packaging technologies
in plastic containers and glass.  One of the speeches will be focused on the objectives of Ecosign Project. The workshop is addressed to technical staff and auxiliary food companies,
technical staff of public and private organizations operating in this sector.

The workshop will be held in CTC premises (Murcia, ES). The final program is visible here: .ctc_20-oct-2016_food-packaging-conferecnce_presentation-ecosign


Jan 17

Profile of Textile Eco-Designer

Ecosign Project, started on 1st November 2015 and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union, aims to create a partnership in eco-innovation knowledge and to fulfill the designers’ lack of expertise in this field, focusing on the three following sectors: food packaging, electronic and electric devices  and Textiles & Clothing.

As a first step, it has been defined the profile of Textile Eco-Designer that will be a technician who will have to  match his/her own creative skills and a good knowledge of materials and processes, understand certifications, consider the legal and regulatory constraints, with attention  also to the requirements for export, and design in an eco-design logic without losing sight of the industrialization of the product. This figure, thanks to the ability to design taking into account constraints and opportunities, is a precious resource capable of interacting both with the production as with the commercial marketing area. More news and info at


Jan 17

Newsletter n. 3 – The role of design in the production process planning

In the Newsletter n. 3, it will be discussed the contribution of design to production planning as a contribution to sustainability and the enhancement of Circular Economy in the textile & clothing sector.

See enclosure: ecosign-newsletter-no-3_eng


Jan 17

European Commission has published the Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019

The EU Commission has published the Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019 providing crucial insights into how the EU’s energy efficiency rules will be developed in that period.

Under the 2005 Ecodesign Directive, it has been established that the Commission must publish a working plan every three years setting out the list of product groups to be considered as priorities for the adoption of future energy efficiency standards. Prior to the latest adopted plan, the Commission had published two working plans, for the periods 2009–2011 and 2012–2014.

This latest 2016-2019 working plan has identified seven new product groups which have not been included in previous working plans or in the 2005 Ecodesign Directive, that are: electric kettles, hand dryers, elevators, building automation and control systems, solar panels and inverters, refrigerated containers, and high pressure cleaners. They will now become the focus of preparatory studies with a view to adopting individual implementing measures for each group.

To be underlined the prominence given at page 8 to the Ecodesign Directive’s potential to contribute to the EU achieving its circular economy goals. In this regard, the Commission has committed itself to examining numerous aspects relevant to the circular economy when revising existing implementing measures and developing new ones.

This will involve the Commission assessing the possibility of establishing more product-specific requirements in the areas of durability, reparability and recyclability. It has also stated that it intends to develop a circular economy ‘toolbox’ for Ecodesign, with a view to developing improved material efficiency requirements. The working plan notes that these could ultimately be included in revised and new implementing measures.

To view the entire text of the Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019:


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