The Horizon 2020 SPIRE Public Private Partnership goals of the European Commission have set a new challenge for the European process industry. Aiming for a green economy being energy and resource efficient, but also internationally competitive and socially responsible, cross-sectorial cooperation along the value chain is strongly encouraged. The vision of industrial symbioses also forces practitioners in sustainability assessment to rethink their often sector-specific toolboxes.
Consequently, current methods for sustainability assessment including in-depth life cycle based methods may need to be restructured and harmonized along the value chain. This standardization of methods is essentially required for a comparison of the overall benefit of alternative strategies on an equal basis avoiding problem shifts or double counting of improvements. Comprehensive approaches for different stages along the development of such a cooperation in a consistent framework are needed as well.
The European project MEASURE accepted the challenge to provide a roadmap highlighting life cycle based evaluation approaches, which support a sustainable supply chain management including the cooperation between manufacturers and cross-sectorial co-product, recycling and reuse options in practical use. The project brings together leading European process industries in chemistry, consumer goods, steel, automotive & waste with academic experts on sustainability assessment, regulators and standardisation bodies working on this ambitious goal.
The European project MEASURE stands for harmonised cross-sectorial sustainability assessment in the European process industries.
The project team is focussing on the following main topics:
The outcome is a roadmap providing recommendations for standards as well as best-practice methods and tools for life cycle based evaluation approaches in process industries and sustainable process design.
In order to get access to the project results, see Roadmap documents in Outcomes section.
WP 1: Coordination and project management
The project is coordinated by Dana Kralisch, Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
WP 2: Stakeholder analysis
In this work package, the needs of different stakeholders within sectors of processing industries were collated with respect of sustainability metrics and identify complementary and competing interests.
WP 3: Sector specific analysis of current state of sustainability assessment
WP3 revealed existing agreements and weak points in current state sustainability assessment.
WP 4: Dissemination and supporting actions
In WP4, the proper utilization of the knowledge gained by surveys, expert interviews etc. was ensured.
WP 5: Roadmap on sustainability assessment in process industry
Delivery of a profound roadmap for holistic, cross-sectorial sustainability assessment in European process industries.
The MEASURE team involves leading European process industries, academic experts, well-known research centres, professional associations and standardisation bodies with profound and complementing expertise in sustainability assessment.
Consortium members of MEASURE:
The MEASURE team kindly acknowledge the valuable support of the Advisory Board members:
M. Gernuks, J. Warsen, Volkswagen AG
S. Andrae, EXCO GmbH
I. Erdelmeier, Tetrahedron
I. Chaput, RDC Environment
S. Coles, KTN Ltd.
M.E. Monell, LEITAT Technology Center
D. Holtmann, DECHEMA Forschungsinstitut
S. Walraedt, essenscia
D. Brown, IChemE
K. Wührl, DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V.
R. Meeus, OVAM
R. Wegner, ReMetall Drochow GmbH
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The MEASURE roadmap document and all more detailed background documents can be downloaded from this page.
26 February 2015
18 November 2015
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Institute of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical Technology
PD Dr. Dana Kralisch