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

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.

pack
textile
tech

FOOD PACKAGING

TEXTILE & CLOTHING

ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONICS


Project Partners

tecos

Tecos

Slovenian Tool And Die
Developement Center

feri

Feri

University Of Maribor

CPI

Cpi

Institute Of The Republic Of Slovenia
For Vocational Education And Training

cetem

Cetem

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

ctc

Ctc

Centro Tecnológico Nacional
De La Conserva Y Alimentación

sef

Cnfpo-sef

Servicio Regional De Empleo Y Formación
Región De Murcia

cetntrocot

Centrocot

Innovation Experience

clubtextec

Texclubtec

aicqsicev

Aicq Sicev

cfpms

Csfpm

Sectoral Commettee For Vocational Training
In Environmental Protection

iba

Iba

Bucharest

Ecoevalind

Ecoevalind

Experts Committee

[ SECTORS ]

News & Events

16

May 17

Another step towards a circular economy development model with the European Parliament Vote

On 14 March 2017, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted to demand that the share of waste in the EU should be recycled up to 70% by 2030, from the current figure of 44% under the draft legislation that has been proposed by the European Commission (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/20170308IPR65671/waste-boost-recycling-cut-landfilling-and-curb-food-waste-parliament-says).

This is an important step to try to reverse the trend to increase the use of raw materials by the adoption of a circular development model which keeps materials and their value in circulation.

With the 3 “R” “Re-use, Recycling and Recovery” waste will cease to be a problem and instead become a resource. By 2030, at least 70% by weight of so-called municipal waste (from households and businesses) should be recycled or prepared for re-use, (i.e. checked, cleaned or repaired).

For packaging materials, such as paper and cardboard, plastics, glass, metal and wood, MEPs demanded an 80% target for 2030, with interim 2025 targets for each material.

The issues voted through on 14 March 2017 represent the European Parliament’s negotiating position, ahead of negotiations with the EU Council of Member State ministers, which has yet to adopt its own position.

Regarding one of the materials mentioned above, namely plastics, the European Commission has already published a roadmap that is expected to result in the publication of an official Communication on a strategy on plastics in a circular economy by the end of 2017. Its aim is to inform stakeholders about the Commission’s work in order to allow them to provide feedback and to participate effectively in future consultation activities.

The text is available at the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/smart-regulation/roadmaps/docs/plan_2016_39_plastic_strategy_en.pdf

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Mar 17

Newsletter n. 4 – A New generation of Designers: the Eco-Designers

Which are the competences and skills needed by Designers to be considered ECO-Designers? read the newsletter attached.

ECOSIGN Newsletter no 4_ENG

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Feb 17

Presentation of Ecosign Project at ETP Conference, Brussels 30-31 March 2017

The 12th annual Conference of the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textile and Clothing will take place in Brussels on 30-31 March 2017. The focus of the event will be “Textile Research in HORIZON 2020”. On the first day of conference there will be 2 sessions dedicated to Sustainability: “Circular Economy” and “Resource Efficiency”.  that will see the contribution of Ms Daniela Nebuloni, Centrocot, that will present Ecosign project with a lecture regarding “Ecosign: Green jobs, new skills for sustainable competitiveness”. The draft programme is available at the following link

 

 

21

Feb 17

Introduction 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:


17

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: www.b2match.eu/murciafood2017

Program enclosed

VIII INT SYMPOSIUM Programme 9 May 2017

16

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

10

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

9

Nov 16

Press Release M12

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

ecosign_press-release_1_nov-2016

3

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.

ecosign-newsletter-no-2_eng

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Sep 16

CETEM presents Ecosign Project at FMY in Yecla (ES)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

22

May 17

Research about Circular Economy in Italy for packaging

The report presents the results of a research commissioned by CONAI in the year 2016 at “Istituto di Gestione della Scuola Sant’Anna di Pisa” and  “IEFE Bocconi Circulatory Observatory (GEO)”.
The research involved company members of CONAI with more than one million euros turnover and more than 10 employees, with the aim of understanding the level of adoption of circular principles in the different phases of the production process, from the supply of raw materials to product design, production and distribution. The research focused on the four main categories of CONAI member companies, such as:

  • pacakaging producers;
  • industrial packaging users;
  • distributors/wholesaleers;
  • producers of secondary raw materials

Each phase of the circular economy – supply, design, production, distribution and use – as defined by the European Commission – was treated in a section of the research in which the level of adoption of the Circular Economy practices by companies was measured by using specific key performance indicators (KPIs). It was also considered the implementation levels of a set of actions aimed at circularity, today and in perspective.
Another aim was to understand why companies adopt virtuous behaviors, what are the barriers and difficulties that prevent them from implementing the path to full circularity, and what actions are needed to support the transition from a linear enterprise strategy to a more sustainable,circular approach.

The report is available in Italian language at the following link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316994452_L’Economia_Circolare_in_Italia

17

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: www.b2match.eu/murciafood2017

Program enclosed

VIII INT SYMPOSIUM Programme 9 May 2017

6

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

15

May 17

Dissemination conference on circular economy (17 May 2017 – Milan, Italy)

Regione Lombardia organizes a dissemination conference on Circular Economy on 17 May 2017 in Milan (Italy). During the conference TexClubTec, partner of Ecosign project, will present a speech regarding the textile sector and results / objectives achieved by Ecosign project as a tool to promote circularity in the traditional linear textile business model. Program & registration form are available at: https://lnkd.in/dvhSdnd

28

Feb 17

Presentation of Ecosign Project at ETP Conference, Brussels 30-31 March 2017

The 12th annual Conference of the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textile and Clothing will take place in Brussels on 30-31 March 2017. The focus of the event will be “Textile Research in HORIZON 2020”. On the first day of conference there will be 2 sessions dedicated to Sustainability: “Circular Economy” and “Resource Efficiency”.  that will see the contribution of Ms Daniela Nebuloni, Centrocot, that will present Ecosign project with a lecture regarding “Ecosign: Green jobs, new skills for sustainable competitiveness”. The draft programme is available at the following link

 

 

10

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 www.ecosign-project.eu

10

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

18

May 17

New training concept for Eco-Designers in electronics sector

Enclosed the article  focused on Ecosign Project presented at the International Conference on Industrial Tools and Advanced Processing Technologies ICIT&APT 2017 http://www.tecos.si/icit/  organized by TECOS on 24-26 April 2017.

ECOSIGN_article_ICITAPT 2017_TF_v4_April 2017

 

7

Mar 17

EU Commission proposes amendments for used electronics

On 26 January 2017, the European Commission unveiled a new proposal to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2); the current EU legislation setting out restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). The proposed amendments are aimed at further facilitating the reselling and repair of EEE, in an effort to reduce hazardous waste, prolong the lifetime of products and contribute to the EU’s circular economy objectives.

Teh text of the proposal is visible at the following link

13

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: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/sustainability/ecodesign_it

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