What have we done until now?

A. PREPARATORY ACTIONS

A1. Selection of the most representative textile materials and finishing technologies

  • 100%

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: Selection of textile materials and finishing technologies

Deliverable A1.2: Survey on textile companies

A2. Pre-screening of functionality and environmental impact of DWOR

  • 100%

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 A2.1: Report on the pre-screening of functionality and environmental impact

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What are we currently doing?

B. IMPLEMENTATION ACTIONS

B1. Demonstration of DWOR and alternative material processing (IN PROGRESS)

  • 50%

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:

Deliverable B1.1: Report applications and characterization of DWOR and alternatives on the pre-industrial

B2. Risk assessment of Durable Water and Oil Repellents in textile finishing process (IN PROGRESS)

  • 15%

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.

B3 .Comprehensive analysis of the environmental impact of the best available technologies (IN PROGRESS)

  • 50%

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.

B4. Technical Workshops for the textile industry (IN PROGRESS)

  • 55%

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.

B5. Roadmap and tool (IN PROGRESS)

  • 5%

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.

C. IMPACT MONITORING

C1. Monitoring the project impacts on the environment

  • 22%

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.

C2. Monitoring the socio-economic impact of the project on the local economy and population

  • 34%

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 (SLCA) method. CLUTEX and LEITAT also participate in the assessment with the collaboration of all partners when needed.

C3. Monitoring the cost-efficient replicability or transferability of the project

  • 32%

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.

Deliverable C3.1 Preliminary report on cost-efficiency methodology and system defined

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D. PUBLIC AWARENESS AND DISSEMINATION OF RESULTS

D1. Project website

  • 51%

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.

D2. Dissemination and communication materials

  • 40%

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:

  1. Newsletters
  2. Brochures
  3. Project Panel
  4. Press release
  5. Notice Board.

Dissemination materials can be downloaded here.

D4. Other communication and dissemination activities

  • 45%

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:

  • AEI TEXTIL: ETP Annual Conference 2016 (13-14 April’16, Brussels-Belgium): distribution of leaflets and networking with other projects.
  • AEI TEXTIL: CITEXT’16 (27-28 April’16 Troyes-France): distribution of leaflets and presentation of the roll-up.
  • CLUTEX: mTex fair (30/5-2/6 16’ Chemnitz, Germany): Presentation of the project by the leaflets on the CLUTEX stand.
  • CLUTEX + IQAC-CSIC: 24th IFATCC International Congress (Pardubice, Czech Republic, 13-16th June 2016). CLUTEX: Presentation of the project as part of the cluster’ portfolio. IQAC-CSIC: Presentation of a poster. The title of the poster was Mitigation of environmental impact caused by DWOR textile finishing chemicals studying their nontoxic alternatives.
  • AEI TEXTIL: Participation in the 4th edition of the Texmeeting Conference (Barcelona, Spain), 29th
  • AEI TEXTIL: Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn, Austria, 20-22nd September 2016): distribution of leaflets and networking with stakeholders.
  • CS-POINTEX: FILO’s 46th International Yarns Exhibition (Milan Italy, 28-29th September 2016): distribution of leaflets and presentation of the roll-up.
  • AEI TEXTIL: ETP conference (Brussels, Belgium, 30-31st March 2017): presentation of the project within the session Sustainability – Resource Efficiency.
  • CS-POINTEX: FILO’s 47th International Yarns Exhibition (Milan Italy, 22-23rd February 2017): distribution of leaflets and presentation of the roll-up.

D5. Networking with other projects

  • 55%

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.

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E. PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND MONITORING OF THE PROJECT PROGRESS

E1. Project Management and Monitoring

  • 45%

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.

E2. Indicators

  • 15%

Indicators to assist the monitoring of the projects have been defined according to the European Commission and LIFE programme guidelines.

Which Actions are planned for the next months?

B6. Policy recommendations (chemical regulation, Ecolabel, Green Public Procurement).

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.

D3. LAYMAN’S Report

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.

E4. After-LIFE Communication Plan

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.

Actions which have been cancelled

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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