StartIPP - Starting with the promotion of IPP approach in Mediterranean countries

LIFE04 ENV/P/000716

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Contact details:

Project Manager: Paula TRINDADE
Tel: +351 217 165 141
Fax: +351 217 154 084
Email: paula.trindade@ineti.pt

Project description:


Integrated Product Policy (IPP) has become an important topic for the EU. All products and services have an environmental impact, and IPP attempts to bring together different strands of legislation to better contribute to sustainable development goals and better integrate environmental considerations into other policy areas. Greener products mean better conservation of energy and natural resources, and less waste and pollution. Better information on green products and suppliers could help change production practices. Cultural change within organisations and a more environmentally friendly orientation are also needed.


The main aim of the StartIPP project was to initiate the implementation of the IPP in Portugal and in Greece. This was to be achieved through the development of a set of methodologies that allow the integration of environmental considerations during the lifecycle of products and services, in Mediterranean countries, as well as the practical application of IPP instruments in which there is low experience.

The project would initiate an IPP approach in Greece and Portugal by:

  • Promoting the communication on IPP for achieving greater results at EU level.
  • Developing a methodology for identifying strategically important products for IPP.
  • Test methodologies at pilot scale in industrial SMEs.
  • Improve information flow between key stakeholders.
  • Create a basis for extension of StartIPP to other EU countries.
  • Prepare foundations for national studies on products.
  • Develop country studies on IPP.
  • Propose IPP strategy at national level.


    The project successfully achieved its objectives. StartIPP carried out an assessment of the status of the implementation of the IPP in Europe, as well as national studies in Portugal and Greece, with the goal of identifying the priority products/services for the IPP. These were for Portugal: food & beverages, transportation, energy, housing, equipment, forest, textiles and tourism; and for Greece: food industry, fuels, chemicals, construction, communication equipment and tourism.

    The next step was to improve their potential through the application of three different methodologies allowing the integration of environmental considerations into the life cycle of products and services and a comparison of the results obtained. A compilation of lifecycle assessment (LCA) studies was also carried out for the products that have potential for IPP in Portugal and in Greece, identifying the lifecycle stages with the greatest impacts.Another important result was the development of an IPP Toolbox tool, which finds synergies between the IPP instruments and identifies the most feasible for a given organisation, product or service. It addresses all the relevant information about the following IPP instruments: Ecodesign, cleaner production, EMAS, environmental labels, environmental product declaration, green procurement, sustainability reports and self-declared environmental claims.

    The IPP Toolbox and the practical application of the IPP instruments were tested in pilot projects in three Portuguese companies and one Greek company. As a follow-up the project produced an IPP Information & Training Package to complement the IPP Toolbox. It aims to guide organisations (public and private) in the implementation of IPP, allowing them to take informed decisions.

    The project also drew up a proposal for national IPP action plans in Portugal and Greece, and produced a CD-Rom containing the results of the project. The methodologies and tools developed in the scope of the project can easily be transferred to other countries.

    This project has been selected as one of the 17 "Best" LIFE Environment projects in 2008-2009.


Environmental issues addressed:


Environmental management - Life Cycle Assessment-Management
Environmental management - Integrated management


life-cycle management

Target EU Legislation

  • Industry and Product Policy
  • Directive 96/61 - Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) (24.09.1996)
  • COM(2001)68 - "Final Green Paper on Integrated Product Policy (IPP)” (07.02.2001)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Instituto Nacional de Engenharia e Tecnologia Industrial
Type of organisation Research institution
Description The beneficiary is the Instituto Nacional de Engenharia e Tecnologia Industrial (INETI), working through its Centre for the Sustainable Entrepreneurial Development (CENDES). INETI is a public department for research, development and demonstration within the Portuguese Ministry of Economy and is devoted to R&D, training and services in eco-efficiency, cleaner production and dematerialization, application of preventive environmental tools, eco-design and product/service lifecycle management.
Partners National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece Durit-Metalurgia Portuguesa do Tungstenio Lda, Portugal EPTA Ltd., Greece Ecological Recycling Society, Greece RAM Europe, Greece AERLIS (Associação Empresarial da Região de Lisbõa), Portugal Valdemar dos Santos Lda (VALSAN), Portugal Moldit-Industria de Moldes SA, Portugal Instituto do Ambiente, Portugal


Project reference LIFE04 ENV/P/000716
Duration 01-OCT-2004 to 30-SEP -2007
Total budget 893,612.00 €
EU contribution 443,531.00 €
Project location Attiki(Ellas) Norte(Portugal) Lisboa e vale do Tejo(Portugal)


Read more:

Project web site Project's website (PT/EN/GR)
Project web site Link to view the IPP Toolbox (PT)
Publication: After-LIFE Communication Plan After-LIFE Communication Plan (EN)
Publication: Layman report Layman report (EN)
Publication: Layman report Layman report (PT)


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