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ESSEM COST Action 628
Life Cycle Assessment of Textile Products, Eco-efficiency and Definition of Best Available Technology (BAT) of Textile Processing

The main objectives of the Action were to expand multi disciplinary life cycle assessments to cover the whole fibre production and textile product chain, as well as to develop eco efficiency indicators for the different phases in the textile product chain. Organisations for the European textile industry, as well as separate textile companies, have been involved when defining the objectives of the Action.

The research within the COST Action 628 has produced a suggestion for technology indicators for the ISO (Type III) environmental declaration for textile products. The suggestion is based on Life Cycle Inventories, which have been carried out by participating nations, for textile products by textile industries in different European countries. It was further developed a wide, high quality environmental data base on fibre and textile production, a product specific environmental impact assessments. The Action also submitted an environmental product declaration development to ISO and an eco-efficiency evaluation on economic consequences of replacing present technologies with cleaner ones, was carried out.

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