The project consortium has been working on the development of the GUF Tool during the last six months. The work has focused primarily on the collection, evaluation and simplification of GPP criteria, which will allow public authorities to include environmental clauses for urban furniture in their call for tenders. These criteria are being processed in order to make them more accessible and understandable to the public staff. Furthermore, the project consortium has collected and evaluated characterisation factors that allow to assess the life cycle environmental impacts of the various materials that can be present in urban furniture products. Both GPP criteria and environmental characterization factors are being included in a database that will feed the GUF Tool.

In the meantime, the consortium has been executing the dissemination plan in order to raise public awareness and engage relevant stakeholders, which are crucial for the success of the LIFE FUTURE project. At this moment, the project already counts on the support of fourteen stakeholders –including regional governments, city councils, manufacturers/suppliers of urban furniture and sectorial associations–, while many others will be encouraged to support the project during the next months.

Progresses of the project to date

100% - Identification and environmental characterisation of the different elements of urban furniture

35%  - Design and development of the GUF Tool

0% - 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

25% - Dissemination of the results, including training seminars aimed at public bodies



» Publication Date: 20/09/2016



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