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:
Deliverable A1.1: Report on the study of textile materials, DWOR finishing and alternatives
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:
Deliverable A2: Report on the state of the art technical and environmental data of the selected conventional and alternative DWOR
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 followed in six 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:
Deliverable B1.1: Report applications and characterization of DWOR and alternatives on the pre-industrial
Deliverable B1.2: Report on the industrial applications and characterization of DWOR and alternatives
In this action, LEITAT has evaluated the risks of 8 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 have been carried out in relevant exposure scenarios in the textile finishing industry for DWOR additives at the different life cycle stages.
Deliverable B2 – Report on Risk assessment of DWORs in textile finishing processes
The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology has been used to evaluate the environmental aspects associated with the products over its life cycle will be used. A comparison of the environmental impact of using conventional and alternative DWOR finishing products is presented in the deliverable.
Deliverable B3 – Environmental Life Cycle Assessment Studies of the Alternative DWOR Chemicals
Technical workshops for the textile and chemical industries were 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.
A Road Map was 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 was 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.
The objective of this action was 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.
Deliverable B6.1: Recommendation for the Textile Sector with BREF review
Deliverable B6.2: Recommendations to update REACH annexes
This monitoring action, led by LEITAT, identified and quantified the environmental impacts of the project implementation, and evaluated the potential environmental impact of the introduction of the implemented actions into the EU scenario.
Deliverable C1: Report on the environmental performance of project’s implementation
This action evaluated 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 led the study based on the social life cycle assessment (S–LCA) method. CLUTEX and LEITAT also participated in the assessment with the collaboration of all partners when needed.
Deliverable C2 – Report on socioeconomic assessment of the project implementation
This action monitored the cost-efficient, replicability or transferability of the project using the Life Cycle Cost (LCC) methodology. The project results have been demonstrated to be feasible not only at the environmental level but also at economic one. With such goal, LEITAT incorporated economic criteria to monitor the effectiveness of the actions and results.
Deliverable C3.1 Preliminary report on cost-efficiency methodology and system defined
Deliverable C3.2: Report on the cost-efficient replicability or transferability of the project
This action 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 was led by AEI TEXTIL and all partners contributed 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 covered the following activities:
Dissemination materials can be downloaded here.
Layman’s report was designed according to LIFE Programme requirements in order to provide a general and brief overview of the project and its outcomes. It is available in all project partner languages.
This action aimed 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 included 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 by the project partners have been:
The press impact report can be downloaded here.
This action 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 had the responsibility of full project management and implementation. For that, a group of activities were 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 were defined according to the European Commission and LIFE programme guidelines.
This action focused on the development of an After LIFE communication plan to ensure a wide post-project dissemination at a national and European level.
Deliverable E4 – After-LIFE Communication plan (EN)
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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