ECOLABEL evaluates appropriate indicators to define methodology at fouth PMG
On 28-30th January 2015, the ECOLABEL project held a three-day meeting at project partner ERF. The meeting was divided into the fourth Project Management Group (PMG) with the project Consortium on 28th and 30th January 2015 and a European Workshop on 29th January 2015, which gathered representatives from various DGs of the European Commission as well as the Joint Research Centre (JRC) which is currently leading the Green Public Procurement (GPP) initiative. At the same time as the European Workshop, parallel sessions were held in the FEHRL office for WPs 2 and 3.
Discussions focused on the workshops organised in different countries aimed at evaluating and identifying the most appropriate performance indicators to bring them into the project considering the holistic approach of ECOLABEL. Some have already been held in Spain, the Netherlands, Poland and Turkey and others are still planned in France and Germany. In parallel, all the partners are currently involved in the elaboration of the methodology regarding the construction, maintenance, rehabilitation and operation engineering project, types of pavements, materials and their applications.
The new methodology is considering traditional elements (energy consumption, gas emissions, etc), new factors and technologies (i.e. energy harvesting, drainage systems to reduce environmental impacts and advanced road route design) as well as the definition of methods to derive weighting factors and set weights for all the ECOLABEL indicators within each of the Life Cycle Engineering aspects covered. Partners have committed to unveil methodology by April 2015.
On the first day of the PMG (28th January), members of ACCIONA, ERF and AENOR also joined a JRC meeting on GPP for roads.