Profile: The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a Directorate General of the European Commission (EC). Its main mission is scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of policies to create a safer, cleaner, healthier and more competitive Europe. The JRC participates in projects with many partners in the Member States, and also liaises with many non-EU and global scientific and standards bodies.
The Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), located in Ispra (Italy), is a Directorate of the JRC and incorporates a number of interdisciplinary research activities. The IES is involved with HarWin through its “Sustainability Assessment” Unit. The "ENSURE: Environmental Assessment and the Sustainable Use of Resources" Action of this Unit contributes to the knowledge base of the European Commission’s 2020 Flagship on Resource Efficiency by developing and demonstrating new approaches for carrying out integrated environmental assessments. The Action focuses on what is needed in order to quantify the life cycle environmental performance of products/systems in policy and business. Its activities build on achievements made under the European Commission’s Integrated Product Policy Communication, the Sustainable Consumption and Production/Sustainable Industrial Policy Action Plan, and the thematic strategies on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and on Waste Prevention and Recycling. ENSURE has two main objectives: 1. Development of methodologies for Environmental Footprints/Assessments; 2. Collection of the data required to implement life cycle based assessments.
Expertise: The ENSURE Action is involved in two ongoing FP7 projects:
Recombio (call ENERGY.2008.2.2.2. Recovered Fuels combined with Biomass) for which the ENSURE Action leads work package 7, Life Cycle analysis
SoilTrec (call ENV.2009.2.1.3.1 Soil Processes and Modelling) for which the ENSURE Action leads work package 5.
Key project tasks: The JRC leads the work package 6 “Life cycle environmental analysis”, which seeks to ensure that appropriate environmental analysis methods and associated tool(s) will be developed and applied during the development of the new window concept and that environmentally sound decisions are taken. The JRC is also involved in all the other work packages to ensure that appropriate and quality-assured Life Cycle Inventory data are collected and that robust results of the environmental analysis are discussed and used in decision making processes. Recent methodological (e.g. ILCD Handbook, environmental footprint, recoverability assessment method) as well as data-related (e.g. ELCD database, ILCD Data Network) developments are to be used, adapted and, if necessary, further developed during the project.