IRISS project

The project aims to connect, synergize and transform the Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design community in Europe and globally.

IRISS – accelerating the transition to ​Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design

The IRISS project aims to connect, synergize and transform the Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design community in Europe and globally towards a lifecycle approach, with a holistic integration of safety, climate neutrality, circularity and functionality already in an early stage of designing and manufacturing materials, products and processes.

The project responds to meet the EU Green Deal, EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Fundamental in the IRISS project is the concept of Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design which includes focusing early in the supply chain on providing products that are part of circular models while avoiding properties that may be harmful to human health or the environment. It integrates circularity, climate neutrality, functionality and safety of materials, products, and processes throughout their life cycle.

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Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design

The concept of Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design is a pre-market approach to chemicals that focuses on providing a function (or service), while avoiding volumes and chemical properties that may be harmful to human health or the environment. In particular groups of chemicals likely to be (eco)toxic, persistent, bio-accumulative or mobile. Overall sustainability should be ensured by minimising the environmental footprint of chemicals in particular on climate change, resource use, ecosystems and biodiversity from a lifecycle perspective.

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Funded by EU

The project receives funding from the European Union’s HORIZON EUROPE research and innovation programme under grant agreement n° 101058245

UK participants in Project IRISS are supported by UKRI grant 10038816

Last updated: 2022-10-21

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