LIFE FUTURE is a European project that involves the development and validation of the GUF Tool, which is an online tool to support public bodies on the decision making related to the purchase of more environmentally friendly urban furniture.

LIFE FUTURE aims to promote green public procurement, focusing on the urban furniture sector. The project will allow to overcome the difficulties encountered by persons in charge of public procurement procedures when they have to include environmental clauses in call for tenders and assess the offers received, due to their limited knowledge on environmental matters.

The GUF Tool will guide users throughout the whole tender process, from the generation of the environmental requirements that they must include in the call for public tenders to the comparative environmental assessment of the products offered by different suppliers.

The GUF Tool will be used to perform real public procurements of at least 200 urban furniture products during the project. The number of products acquired with the support of the tool is estimated at 17,500 for the medium term (during the 5 years after the end of the project).



Preserve and improve the environment.


Create and expand markets for products that are environmentally friendly.


Encourage companies to develop better environmental solutions.


Promote opportunities for emerging "green" economies.


Boost the competitiveness of EU industry by promoting eco-innovation.

Green standards

Stimulate the use of green standards in public and private procurement.


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Expected results and degree of achievement (February 2018)

Identification and environmental characterization of the different elements of urban furniture


Design and development of the GUF Tool


Development of guidelines and support materials to be used by public bodies for the inclusion of environmental clauses in their purchasing procedures


Pilot implementation and practical demonstration through real public procurements of urban furniture using the GUF Tool


Dissemination of the results, including training seminars aimed at public bodies


The main outcomes expected from the project are the following:

- GUF Tool, accessible both to public bodies and urban furniture suppliers through the project website

- Validation and demonstration of the environmental, economic and social benefits of the GUF Tool

- Reduction of the environmental impacts of the urban furniture purchased by public bodies: 26.5% for global warming, 15.5% for energy consumption and 10.8% for waste generation

This project has been co-funded with the support of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union
[LIFE14 ENV/ES/000703]
This project has been co-funded by the Valencian Regional Government through IVACE aids aimed at fostering the activity and capacity to develop excellence of the Valencian Community technology centres [IMACID/2017/6].
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