ABOUT THE PROJECT
The application of Life Cycle Approaches – including Life Cycle Assessment, ecodesign and environmental labelling – is becoming an increasing reality for business, and a growing challenge in many economic sectors. Businesses are facing increasing legal and market requirements to enhance resource efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of their products & services. To significantly address this challenge, the Life Cycle in Practice (LCiP) project was conceived, aiming to promote the uptake of LC approaches particularly in SMEs.
The LCiP project helps SMEs in France, Belgium, Portugal and Spain reduce the environmental impacts of their products and services across the entire Life Cycle in three sectors: Buildings & Construction, Waste Management and Energy Equipment.
LCiP’s specific objectives are to foster the widespread uptake of these approaches by SMEs beyond the duration of the project, by:
- Demonstrating the environmental and business benefits of applying LC Approaches through practical application in 32 businesses,
- Providing physical and online resource centres to support regional application of LC approaches,
- Building capacity in the four project regions for on-going implementation of LC approaches through a network of Life Cycle Champions, composed of experts and organisations,
- (Re) designing practical tools & methods tailored to the needs of the three industrial sectors.
Key to the success of LCiP is the achievement of results that will continue to spread beyond the end of the project, furthering the promotion and uptake of LC approaches among SMEs in covered sectors in participating regions but also extending to other regions.
In order to enable these further developments, the LCiP project results in the following:
- 1 online LC resource centre and 4 physical resource centres,
- Building training capacity in 4 European regions: Belgium, France, Portugal and Spain, through the training of trainers and practitioners, the establishment of trainer clubs to share and co-develop training capacity,
- Implementation of Life Cycle approaches in 32 SMEs,
- Evaluation tool adapted to the reality of SMEs to assess the environmental and socio-economic impact,
- Practical tools and methods tailored to the needs of SMEs in participating sectors,
- A network of Life Cycle Champions (influential regional players in their industrial sector) to provide guidance and training to SMEs during and after the project,
- Life Cycle Awards in each participating region,
- European and Global dissemination of LC approaches,
- A baseline analysis of the maturity of Life Cycle approaches in the 4 participating regions, including surveys and interviews of key actors, and a cartography of existing resources available to practitioners.