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EU PROJECTS

 

Circular economy program for the life cycle of products and services

CIRC4Life is an innovative collaborative project supported by the European Commission’s H2020 Circular Economy program.

The project consortium consists of 17 partners across 8 EU countries. This three-year project which will run from May 2018 until April 2021 aims to develop and implement a circular economy approach for sustainable products and services through their value and supply chains.

The new circular economy business models will be demonstrated in four industrial areas: Domestic and industrial lighting products, Vegetable farming and food, Meat supply chain, and Recycling and reuse of computer tablets. ​

 

ONA is in charge of Demo 1 which will develop a new modular lamp based on the feedback collected via consumer reviews, consumer workshops and surveys using industrial scrap materials.

Information will be provided to consumers on the environmental impact of each lamp available in the online shop, by showing the Eco Shoppings.

Using Eco Shoppings, ONA will also offer discounts on new products, or incentivise consumers to bring back unused lamps.

As part of the project a Social Life Cycle Assesment (S-LCA) was conducted on ONA’s products in order to measure the impact they have on the health, safety and well-being of the workers and the wider impact in the community they operate. 
 
This method is used to asses the social and sociological aspects of products, their actual and potential positive as well as negative impacts along the life cycle. 
 

Concerning the gender pay gap, ONA has a 35% better performance compared to other Spanish companies in the manufacture of domestic appliances sector. Ona has a strategy to maintain a low gender paygap and further reduce it.

In relation to the impact on the Local community and use of Industrial water, the use of water is very low and has a 50% better result compared to other companies in that sector. Innovations carried out by ONA do not entail the use of industrial water. When producing new lamps, material resources used do not have an impact on mineral consumption or fossil fuel depletion.

Finally, concerning the Worker’s health and safety, ONA has a very low risk for accidents as they also have a policy to maintain this level
low.

 

RECYCLING OF PLASTICS FROM ELECTRONIC WASTE FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

The PolyCE project is an European Commission funded project that has taken on the challenge to transform the lifecycle of e-plastic materials into a more sustainable one.

Formed by a consortium of 20 expert organiszations that are working together the aim is to reduce the use of virgin plastics and enhance the use of recycled plastics in new electronics applications.