i-NanoTool is an European project, funded by LIFE+2012 Programme, aimed to the development of an interactive tool for the implementation of environmental legislation in nanoparticle manufacturers. Duration: 01/07/2013 – 31/12/2015
ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM TARGETED
Nanomaterials production involves several potential environmental risks directly related to the production process (production, functionalisation and incorporation into nanocomposites), and nanowastes generated could comprise items such as contaminated wipes, filters and discarded components. Assessment of their impact is a function of their intrinsic characteristics, the manufacturing process, size of batch production, storage and distribution.
In general, companies involved in nanotechnology have a high technological background. However, usually there is a lack of knowledge related to environmental aspects, their impact, the laws that the companies must comply and the required administrative/bureaucratic procedures.
The objective of i-NanoTool is to contribute to the efficient implantation of the environmental policy and legislation in nanomaterials manufacturers companies, especially SMEs. It includes the development of an interactive platform (etool) for environmental self-diagnosis addressed to nanoparticles manufacturers in European countries.
Its specific objectives are:
• To facilitate nanoparticles producers the implementation and effective application of the environmental legislation.
• To provide updated information related to environmental impact of their activity and current legislation.
• To provide updated information related to environmental management of their activity.
• To improve the environmental situation of European nanoparticles producers industries.
iNanoTool will allow for the environmental impact reduction of the manufacture process of nanoproducts, through the consolidation of knowledge, implementation, updating, monitoring and evaluation of the environmental policy and legislation, at regional, national and European level of the nanoparticles manufacturers.
The developed eTool is estimated to be implanted in about 20 nanomaterials manufacturers in Europe. Then there will be an accumulative positive impact of the eTool after the life of the project.
i-NanoTool is estimated to be disseminated to about 50% of the nanomaterials manufacturers in Europe because of the dissemination capabilities of the consortium members, from 4 different European countries and its contacts in other countries, creating an environmental improvement possibility in around 150 companies.