MATHER is a Life project that aims at designing and developing a highly innovative ICT tool to collect, monitor and make accessible and interoperable chemical data used in mass market products (like home appliances) including tracking of current and future EU regulations in the field of chemicals and environment, such as RoHS and REACH.

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For companies

Objectives

Spreading awareness

Enhancing the consciousness of human and environmental impacts of materials and chemicals used in purchased components for own products to sustain a more informed decision making about materials and components selection, during products design and production

Providing data

Providing EU Health Units with precious data about composition, quantity and environmentalhuman possible impacts to allow assessing the exposures from chemical mixtures

Reducing costs

Highly reducing internal costs, related to the continuous updating of materials databases and dramatically reducing the time-to-compliance with regulations of products before accessing the market

Supporting change

supporting companies and policy makers in a more conscious selection and use of chemicals in products and guaranteeing the prompt implementation of EU policies&directives related to chemicals in EU products and production processes

Actions&Deliverables

A

Preparation

  1. Study for health/environment data and EU legislationDA1.1 Report on health/environment data and EU legislation
    Analysis of environmental and health data related to materials used in the manufacturing process and literature review of EU legislation

B

Implementation

  1. User/technical requirements and collection of market materials data 

    DB1.1 Requirements from specific sectors
    Results of the analysis of requirements from specific sectorsDB1.2 User/technical requirements and collection of market materials data
    Specification of user and technical requirements of the monitoring data tool


 

2. LIFE MATHER Chemical monitoring data tool design and implementation

DB2.1 LIFE MATHER Chemical monitoring data tool demonstrator
LIFE MATHER Platform demo


3. Tests, optimisation and demonstration

DB3.1 Tool validation through material substitution
Report explaining the material substitution function and main results achieved
DB3.2 Report on the established link and activities between IPCheM and the LIFE MATHER project
Detailed description regarding the functionality of the IPCheM connection
DB3.3 Report on demonstration activities
Full description of demonstration activities implemented during action B3


4. Replicability potential evaluation and Exploitation & Business Plan (For companies / For Policy Makers and Health Units)

DB4.1 Exploitation and business plan
Economic report for medium-long term forecast of the sustainability of the project
DB4.2 Replicability – Transferability Plan
Details and results of replicability activities implemented during Action B4

 

C

Monitoring the impact

  1. Performance Indicators measurement and Environmental Impact and Human Health Exposures Assessments and LCA 

    DC1.1 LCA and exposures assessment on the validation data
    Evaluation through Life Cycle Assessments of environmental and human health impacts


 

  • Socio-economic impact assessment 

    DC2.1 Report on socio-economic impact assessment
    Full Socio economic analysis of the LIFE MATHER project

 

D

Public awareness and dissemination of results

  1. Communication and DisseminationDD1.1 Dissemination Plan
    Dissemination and communication activities planned at project beginning
    DD1.2 Project website
    DD1.3 Stakeholders’ feedbacks on project’s outputs
    Report presenting stakeholders’ feedbacks on project’s outputs after 2 years of project implementation
    DD1.4 Notice boards
    See pictures on the right side of the page
    DD1.5 Dissemination activities final report
    Description of dissemination achievements and project impacts to the wider audience.
    DD1.6 Layman Report
    Description of project results in terms that are more accessible / readable to people that are non-expert in the field of chemicals, LCA and manufacturing


  2. Guidelines and Roadmapping for Policy makers and Health unitsDD2.1 Roadmaps & Guidelines for Health Units
    DD2.2 Roadmaps & Guidelines for Policy Makers


  3. Networking ActivitiesDD3.1 Networking activities report
    Description of the activities done to establish links with other LIFE and EU funded projects and the network created.

E

Project Management

  1. Project Management by WHEMEADE1.1 Project Management and Quality Plan
    Overview of project management procedures for partners participating in the project
    DE1.2 AfterLife Plan 
    Plan for communicating and disseminating the main project results once this has finished
    DE1.3 Green Procurement Report
    Description of main environmental criteria used and applied in the frame of LIFE MATHER project activities to adhere to the Green Procurement principles

Timeline

Expected Results

Development of a new chemical monitoring data tool

Linking each chemical substance used by a company with both the regulatory framework and its impacts on human health and environment

Visibility of composition of the materials

in the manufactured products, covering up to 95% of the total material

Shared knowledge

of all restricted and controlled substances along the whole supply chain

More effective, faster and flexible compliance

of the manufactured products with EU environmental and chemicals directives and regulations, with time to identify products impacted by a new regulation reduced by more than 90%

Proactive reaction

to the updating of EU environmental and chemicals directives and regulations.

Reduction of the global warming potential (GWP)

associated with the WHEMEA products.

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