• AIMPLAS and ACR+ presented LIFE FUTURE in the EU Assembly of Regional and Local Representatives as a best practice project for Circular Economy on the 12th October

  • 1st monitor visit to our LIFE FUTURE project on the 12th May in AIMPLAS (Spain)

  • 2nd Meeting, April 2016 (City of Koprivnica)

  • The Best LIFE Environment projects 2014

  • Kickoff meeting - November 2015 (AIMPLAS)

ABOUT THE PROJECT

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).

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

Environment

Preserve and improve the environment.

Market

Create and expand markets for products that are environmentally friendly.

Companies

Encourage companies to develop better environmental solutions.

Opportunities

Promote opportunities for emerging "green" economies.

Eco-innovation

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

Green standards

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

PARTNERS

AIMPLAS, Plastics Technology Centre

SPAIN

AIMPLAS, Plastics Technology Centre, offers solutions to companies of the plastics industry: R&D projects, analysis and testing, technical assistance, competitive intelligence and training.

Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable Resource management (ACR+)

BELGIUM

ACR+ is an international network of cities and regions who share the aim of promoting smart resource consumption and sustainable management of municipal waste through prevention at source, reuse and recycling.

AIJU Instituto Tecnológico de producto infantil y ocio

SPAIN

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 experience, we have advised hundreds of companies (small, large, multinational), on thousands of products to ensure their success.

Valencia InnDEA Foundation

SPAIN

The Valencia InnDEA Foundation is a body promoted by the Valencia Town Council with the aim of supporting and encouraging development in the city by innovation in its various forms. The objective of InnDEA Valencia is to support and encourage development in the municipality of Valencia by promoting R+D+i in all its facets.

City of Koprivnica

CROATIA

The City of Koprivnica is local municipality with 30.000 inhabitants, settled on the north-western part of Croatia with its vision to become green, energy efficient and self-sufficient, prosperous city with a new culture of living and great focus on knowledge.

Universitat Jaume I

SPAIN

The Universitat Jaume I (UJI) is a public university, founded in 1991, with approximately 13,000 students in 31 degree programs. The Universitat Jaume I is a pioneer in using new information technologies, aware that communication and creativity are the most important future instruments.

Expected results and degree of achievement (March 2016)

Identification and environmental characterization of the different elements of urban furniture

100%

Design and development of the GUF Tool

35%

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

0%

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

0%

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

25%

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



The development of this web server has been co-funded with the support of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union
[LIFE14 ENV/ES/000703]

This publication reflects only the author's view and that the Agency/Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains

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