The LiMaS project is developing a practical technique and web application suite for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) seeking to introduce lifecycle thinking (LCT) and eco-innovations into their businesses. A particular target group are SMEs that manufacture energy-using products and/or electrical and electronic devices or components.
An innovative aspect of the project is that SMEs will be able to manage various environmental issues (such as lifecycle assessment, environmental design, legislative requirements, environmental product declarations, quantification of key environmental parameters) using just a simple technique, without the need for expert knowledge of environmental issues. The technique yields easily understood environmentally relevant data, which help companies identify the best available technology and corresponding ecological design guidelines for ecologically optimizing their products and processes. An added bonus is increased competitiveness.
The tools already developed by the LiMaS project can be downloaded from the project website. One example is the free-of-charge EuPeco profiler, which is used to assess the environmental impact of products over their entire lifetime using a simplified version of lifecycle analysis (LCA). The site also provides other (Excel-based) software tools that address the following environmental aspects:
- Legal compliance (RoHS, WEEE, REACH and the European Ecodesign Directive)
- Environmental management system for processes
- Monitoring of hazardous substances (in products or processes)
- Environmental communication (ecolabels for your products)
- Template for entering data into the EuPeco profiler software
Die Betaversion der Websuite (onlinebasiertes Tool) kann unter http://limas.simpple.com/de genutzt werden.
Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) Call: CIP-EIP-Eco-Innovation-2008