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Accelerating the transition to safe and sustainably designed materials and products (IRISS SSbD)

The EU initiative IRISS aims to accelerate the transition to safe and sustainably designed materials, products and processes. The consortium forms a global network of experts and stakeholders.

Ensuring that materials are sustainable for humans and the environment, increasing recycling and using resources more efficiently requires action from the earliest stages of design and manufacturing. The chemical industry and all value chains that manufacture materials and products are facing major changes to create safe, circular flows. IRISS will build a network of companies, researchers, government agencies and other societal actors to support the transition.

Fundamental to IRISS is the concept of Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design. It means that early in the supply chain, the focus is on providing products that are part of circular models, while avoiding characteristics that can be harmful to human health or the environment. It integrates circularity, climate neutrality, functionality and safety of materials, products and processes throughout the life cycle. The work centres on six value chains: textiles, construction, electronics, energy, vehicles and packaging. The IRISS consortium consists of European research institutes, industry organizations, companies, government agencies, and universities as well as national technical platforms within SusChem.

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Funded by the European Union The project receives funding from the European Union’s HORIZON EUROPE research and innovation programme under grant agreement n° 101058245. UK participants in Project IRISS are supported by UKRI grant 10038816. CH participants in Project IRISS receive funding from the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation (SERI)

Project facts

  • IRISS Accelerating the transition to safe and sustainably designed materials, products and processes
  • Budget: EUR 4.3 million
  • Funding body: EU, University of Birmingham and Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
  • Partners: IVL Swedish Institute for Environmental Research, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, BNN, BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, RIVM, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, University of Birmingham, Fundación Tekniker, Cefic, European Chemical Industry Council, EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, ETP, EU Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles & Clothing, CLEPA, European Association of Automotive Suppliers, EMIRI, Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative, EFCC, European Federation for Construction Chemicals, INL, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, IPC, Industrial Technical Centre for Plastics and Composites, KI, Kemijski Institut, VTT, Teknologiska Forskningscentralen, IKEM, Innovation and Chemical Industries in Sweden, APRE, Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea, Czech Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry, National Technical University Of Athens
  • Period: 2022 - 2025


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  • 3. Good health and well-being
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