A study of the textile materials and finishing technologies and products available on the market has been done by the three participating clusters and LEITAT. Five representative textiles (on which DWORs are applied), 2 current DWORs and seven alternatives were selected. The study includes a survey on finishing companies and chemicals producers from Spain (AEI TEXTIL), Czech Republic (CLUTEX) and Italy (CS-POINTEX). For more details the related deliverable documents are provided below:
A pre-screening of the technical performance and environmental impact of the selected current DWORs and of their alternatives was carried out BY LEITAT and CETIM, respectively. For more details the related deliverable documents are provided below:
This action has done application trials (on the selected textile materials) at pre-industrial scale in LEITAT facilities, the demonstration at industrial scale for the selected DWORs and alternatives will follow in textile finisher companies in the Czech Republic, Spain and Italy with the support of the cluster in each region. For more details the related deliverable documents are provided below:
In this action, LEITAT will evaluate the risks of 4 Durable Water and Oil Repellents (DWORs) for human and environmental health when they are used as hydro- and oleo-repellent textile finishing products. These studies are carried out in relevant exposure scenarios in the textile finishing industry for DWOR additives at the different life cycle stages.
The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology is used to evaluate the environmental aspects associated with the products over its life cycle will be used. CETIM will determine the environmental impact of using conventional and alternative DWOR finishing products.
Technical workshops for the textile and chemical industries have been organized by AEI TEXTIL, CLUTEX and CS-POINTEX in order to identify technical barriers for the replacement of current DWORs (long chain fluorocarbon based). These workshops have counted with the collaboration of LEITAT and CETIM for the more technical contents and presentations. In the next year, more workshops will be organized by the three clusters to share experiences with main stakeholders: fashion retail groups, finishing companies, textile manufacturing companies, associations, and chemical manufacturers.
A Road Map is being elaborated by CSIC-IQAC, with the collaboration of LEITAT, to define the steps to follow after the end of the project and guide the road to a precise direction during approximately the next 10 years after the project. The aim of this action is also to guarantee that the objectives of the project will be reached and new actions will be carried out after the project end to ensure its continuity and a noticeable reduction of the impact of long chain fluorocarbon based repellents.
This monitoring action, led by LEITAT, identifies and quantifies the environmental impacts of the project implementation, and evaluates the potential environmental impact of the introduction of the implemented actions into the EU scenario.
This action evaluates the socio-economic impact expected on the local economy and community by implementing the proposed DWOR alternatives and the related environmental and risk management measures into EU textile industry. CS-POINTEX leads the study based on the social life cycle assessment (S–LCA) method. CLUTEX and LEITAT also participate in the assessment with the collaboration of all partners when needed.
This action monitors the cost-efficient, replicability or transferability of the project using the Life Cycle Cost (LCC) methodology. The project results will be demonstrated to be feasible not only at the environmental level but also at economic one. With such goal, LEITAT will incorporate economic criteria to monitor the effectiveness of the actions and results.
This action is focused on launching and maintaining the project’s website to support both the operation and monitoring of demonstration and project implementation activities, and for managing project communication actions and holding links with EU Commission, LIFE Programme, other LIFE projects, and other information resources. This task is led by AEI TEXTIL and all partners contribute periodically with articles, news and the publication of public deliverables.
For this action, AEI TEXTIL hired a graphic designer to create the project’s image. The design was defined putting together the opinions of all partners and the final logo and color combination was voted from a selection of alternatives. The partners translated the brochures to Spanish, Italian and Catalan languages. Press releases are issued after each consortium meeting and/or dissemination event.
This action covers the following activities:
Dissemination materials can be downloaded here.
This action aims at managing the communication and dissemination activities related to MIDWOR-LIFE project, complementing action D2 and ensuring the quality of the activities to develop. This action includes the development of a communication and dissemination plan to guarantee the accessibility to the project results and disseminate the project at European scale for a greater scope of the project outputs.
The actions carried out until now by the project partners have been:
This action is focused on the establishment of direct contacts with other European projects (including LIFE projects) and European research groups working in the field of the project.
E1. Project Management and Monitoring
AEI TEXTIL as coordinator beneficiary has the responsibility of full project management and implementation. For that, a group of activities has been set to ensure the correct progress of the project, in order to make possible the fulfillment of the contractual obligations of the Grant Agreement and according to the working schedule.
Indicators to assist the monitoring of the projects have been defined according to the European Commission and LIFE programme guidelines.
The objective of this action is to set policy recommendations in order to promote the widespread implementation of alternatives to DWORs. The recommendations will be useful to establish future policies or voluntary schemes, at the European, regional and local level.
Layman’s report will be issued according to Life Programme requirements in order to provide a general and brief overview of the project and its outcomes.
This action is focused on the development of an After Life communication plan to ensure a wide post-project dissemination at a national and European level.
E3. Financial Audit
According to an Amendment to the Grant Agreement, a Financial Audit is no longer mandatory for all projects. Now it is mandatory for each beneficiary under specific conditions.
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