The InteRnatIonal ecosystem for accelerating the transition to Safe-and-Sustainable-by-design materials, products and processes

Project: EU project

Project Details


The IRISS project aims to connect, synergize and transform the SSbD community in Europe and globally towards a life cycle thinking where there is a holistic integration of safety, climate neutrality, circularity and functionality of materials, products and processes throughout their lifecycle to meet the EU Green Deal, EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, and UN SDGs. The uniqueness of IRISS is that the consortium is built of core and network partners that represent the top components needed to build an EU-led permanent network (i.e. policy, industry, applied science, innovation and research & education), and that is self-sustaining and international in scope. IRISS responds to the work programme with the following objectives: 1. To develop a state-of-the-art SSbD ecosystem that is supportive for the uptake and utilization of safe-by-design (SbD) and sustainable-by-design (SusbD) strategies by industry, especially SMEs. 2. To contribute to criteria and guiding principles for SusbD development driven by the application of life cycle thinking in materials and product design and in line with ongoing work in European and international initiatives. 3. To establish a structure for a permanent, gender balanced, inclusive, international and sustainable experts? network accessible for all relevant stakeholders. 4. To develop SSbD roadmaps encompassing 3 agendas identifying: 1) scientific research needs, 2) skills, competences and education needs, and 3) knowledge and information sharing needs. The roadmaps will be developed in a co-creation and inclusive process for the implementation of SSbD in industry and society including prioritised steps within research, innovation, skill demands, management and governance. 5. To develop a monitoring and evaluation programme that systematically scans for state-of-the-art knowledge, information gaps and translates these into specific R&D questions and governance needs that feed into systematic roadmap updates.
Effective start/end date1/06/2231/05/25

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing
  • IKEM - Innovations- och kemiindustrierna i Sverige AB
  • IVL Swedish Environmental Research institute (lead)
  • European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA)
  • Fundación Tekniker
  • Agenzia Per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea (APRE)
  • National Technical University of Athens
  • European Federation for Construction Chemicals (EFCC)
  • University of Birmingham
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • National Institute of Chemistry Ljubljana
  • Centre Technique Industriel de la Plasturgie et des Composites (IPC)
  • National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
  • BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative (EMIRI)
  • Česká technologická platforma pro udržitelnou chemii (SusChem)
  • European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)
  • International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)
  • Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)

Funding category

  • Horizon Europe


  • governance
  • ecosystems
  • sustainable economy