LIFE FUTURE - Sustainable Urban FUrniTURE: Tool design to perform environmental assessments in the green procurement framework

LIFE14 ENV/ES/000703

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Contact details:

Contact person: Eva Verdejo
Tel: 34961366040
Fax: 34961366041
Email: proyectos@aimplas.es

Project description:


Green Public Procurement (GPP) is an important instrument to accomplish the general goal of sustainable development, since it enables public authorities to address current challenges relating to legislation and sustainability. GPP criteria can contribute to reductions in energy consumption, greenhouse gases and waste production, and can promote the use of renewable resources and eco-design.

GPP is of crucial importance to the Europe 2020 Strategy, since it is a market-based instrument for accelerating the shift towards a resource efficient and low-carbon economy, while improving framework conditions for business to innovate in green technologies. However, in terms of sustainable urban furniture (aka street furniture), there are barriers to be overcome, for instance, due to insufficient knowledge of the products by personnel and the lack of standard criteria.


The main objective of the LIFE FUTURE project is to develop a tool – the Green Urban Furniture (GUF) Tool – to perform an accurate and simplified environmental analysis of urban furniture to facilitate Green Public Procurement (GPP). The GUF Tool will be based on the methodology of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The project will study different elements of urban furniture, focusing on two categories selected to validate the functionality of the tool. Moreover, the tool will be used by public bodies for real-life procurement processes to demonstrate its effectiveness and practical applicability for GPP, with at least 200 urban furniture items being acquired using the GUF Tool. The use of the tool will help ensure a range of environmental benefits, for example, in terms of climate change, eco-toxicity and resource depletion. In particular, the project will:

  • Help users to understand GPP criteria;
  • Aid in the selection of the best solutions in terms of GPP; and
  • Encourage public bodies to include green procurement clauses, based on GUF Tool results, in their tenders.
  • Expected results:

  • Updated analysis of GPP for urban furniture in the EU, in particular focusing on Spain and Croatia;
  • Validation and demonstration of the economic advantages of the proposed system for analysis and evaluation (GUF Tool); and
  • Reduction of the environmental impacts of urban furniture using the GUF Tool. The average environmental impact benefits of urban furniture after applying eco-design criteria are predicted as follows: - Global warming: 26.5% (reduction of 1 870 kg CO2 equivalent per urban furniture item); - Acidification: 28.7% (reduction of 51 kg SO2 equivalent per urban furniture item); - Eutrophication: 25.5% (reduction of 0.9 kg PO4 equivalent per urban furniture item); - Energy consumption: 15.5% (reduction of 27 000 MJ per urban furniture item); and - Amount of waste: 10.8% (reduction of 116 kg of waste per urban furniture item).



Environmental issues addressed:


Information - Governance - Environmental training - Capacity building
Environmental management - Life Cycle Assessment-Management


decision making support

Target EU Legislation

  • Environmental management & assessment
  • "Directive 2004/18/EC - Coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, publi ...
  • COM(2008)400 - “Public procurement for a better environment" (16.07.2008)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Asociacin de Investigacin de Materiales Plsticos y Conexas AIMPLAS
Type of organisation Large enterprise
Description AIMPLAS is a technological institute focused on the plastics sector, with expertise in compounding, processing, recycling, product development and the analysis of plastic materials for diverse industries, such as construction, automotive, packaging and agriculture.
Partners ACR+(Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable Resource management (ACR+)), Belgium AIJU(Asociación de Investigación de la Industria del Juguete, Conexas y Afines.), Spain Koprivnica(City of Koprivnica), Croatia UJI(UNIVERSITAT JAUME I), Spain InnDEA(Fundación InnDEA Valencia), Spain


Project reference LIFE14 ENV/ES/000703
Duration 01-OCT-2015 to 31-DEC -2018
Total budget 605,496.00 €
EU contribution 340,613.00 €
Project location Vlaams Gewest(België - Belgique) Région Wallonne(België - Belgique) Bruxelles-Brussel(België - Belgique) Kontinentalna Hrvatska(Croatia Hrvatska) Comunidad Valenciana(España)


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