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myEcoCost newsletter November 2015

Newsletter #08

Subject: myEcoCost Newsletter November 2015 

 

myEcoCost project successfully concluded – Thank you!

After three exciting years the project myEcoCost– forming the nucleus of a novel ecological accounting system has successfully concluded by achieving all objectives we set to ourselves in this challenging FP7 collaborative project. One of the greatest successes of the project was the organisation of the project public demo. A major document providing an overview of the vision linked to myEcoCost is the project brochure. We would also like to celebrate numerous scientific publications, participation in relevant events and organisation of webinars that went along with the realisation of excellent research and development work. This effort was backed up with continuous guidance and feedback on real business needs and processes from the industry partners and the Advisory Board.

Many people made it possible to develop the myEcoCost project and many steps within the 3-year project time. We thank all of you for the interest showed and for the support to the project. We look forward continuing the collaboration in follow-up steps.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the whole project and especially when presenting the myEcoCost vision and the nucleus development to different audiences, we have been often addressed with a number of similar questions. We have collected them and created a Frequently Asked Questions section in the project website. There you can find the questions grouped into four topics: general questions, questions related with the processes, questions about technical aspects, and finally question regarding future potential plans. Visit it and find out even more about myEcoCost!

 

myEcoCost Video Clip

One more update on our website: do not miss checking out the myEcoCost video clip! This video explains in only 5 minutes how myEcoCost works. It will open your eyes to the numerous possibilities that such a system would offer to both businesses and consumers. A tool that could change our lives, making the possibility for all of us to drive a sustainable lifestyle a step closer to reality. Enjoy watching!

 

 

 

About myEcoCost

myEcoCost is a project co-funded by the European Commission and carried out by a consortium of nine industry and research partners with complementary expertise on the areas of environmental sustainability and accounting, ICT and software development. The team aims at developing an integrated software solution that in the long term will be able to measure the ecological cost of any product or service delivered through the supply chain.

Unlike other ecological or carbon calculators, myEcoCost draws on real supply chain data to calculate the total use of natural resources of a product or service, wherever they are in the supply chain. 

For more information, go to www.myecocost.com

 

myEcoCost Newsletter September 2015

myEcoCost Summary now available

The summary brochure “myEcoCost - Forming the Nucleus of a Novel Environmental Accounting System: Vision, prototype and way forward“ gives a brief introduction to the vision linked to myEcoCost: a network formed by a network of collaborative environmental accounting nodes collecting environmental data at each step in a product’s value chain. It shows why better life cycle data is needed and how myEcoCost addresses and solves this problem. Furthermore, it presents options for a future up scaling of highly automated environmental accounting for products and services. 

The brochure is written in plain language and available for free download from the project here.

 

myEcoCost participates to the FP7 resource efficiency cluster - final joint event

The myEcoCost Consortium was represented by Robert Stewart Mostyn and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH on the final event of the FP7 resource efficiency cluster that took place in Brussels on 16th of September. The presentation is available here.

 

Webinars

Two dedicated webinars were conducted in order to disseminate the myEcoCost project results and receive constructive feedback from stakeholders. The first webinar was open to the public from different businesses and the second one was for employees from naturskyddsforeningen, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), who is member of the myEcoCost Advisory Board. The overall feedback during the webinars was that myEcoCost is a very well developed solution for ecological accounting. There will be challenges to get critical mass on the market especially upstream the supply chain. So the most important factor to achieve the goals of myEcoCost is the credibility of the system. A good push could additionally be the support of global brand owners as supporters of myEcoCost.

The presentations of the webinars are available here.

 

About myEcoCost

myEcoCost is a project co-funded by the European Commission and carried out by a consortium of nine industry and research partners with complementary expertise on the areas of environmental sustainability and accounting, ICT and software development. The team aims at developing an integrated software solution that in the long term will be able to measure the ecological cost of any product or service delivered through the supply chain.

Unlike other ecological or carbon calculators, myEcoCost draws on real supply chain data to calculate the total use of natural resources of a product or service, wherever they are in the supply chain.

For more information, go to www.myecocost.com

Demonstration Event

On Thursday 18th of June 2015, the myEcoCost Consortium successfully conducted the first public demonstration of the myEcoCost system.

The event took place at GS1 Germany facilities in Cologne and was attended by industry, researchers, journalists, members of GS1 Academic Partnership Committee and members of the project’s Advisory Board. Two rounds of demonstrations took place, with a total attendance of over 50 participants.

 

 

During the demonstration, it was shown how different types of industries (a farm, a laundry liquid manufacturer and a distribution and retailer company), all with completely different types of internal business processes, could be accommodated in the myEcoCost system, so that ecoCosts were computed for their products and services.

 

 

The ecoCosts are expressed in terms of Material Footprint and of Carbon Footprint, as exemplary environmental indicators of one mass based indicator and one emission based indicator. These values were available at the shelves at the supermarket next to the price and could also be accessed by a smartphone App able to scan the barcode of the product and connect it to the myEcoCost system.

 

 

Additionally, the ecoCosts were handed out with the till to the consumer after the purchase and for consumers owning a myEcoCost loyalty card, the information was directly sent to their myEcoCost accounts, where they were able to access the data and monitor the environmental impact of their lifestyles.

myEcoCost Newsletter September 2013

 

myEcoCost Special Session at ADM 2013 Conference in Valencia

From 25th-28th September 2013, the 5th International Conference on Advanced Design and Manufacture (ADM2013) takes place in Valencia, Spain. The myEcoCost consortium is proud to organize the special sessions A1 and A2 on “Environmental Accounting” on the second day of the conference. The special sessions consist of seven presentations given by the project consortium, and four thematically complementary presentations from other conference participants. More information on the conference including the myEcoCost special sessions can be found here.

 

Work on System Architecture Completed

The software experts of the myEcoCost consortium have analysed the requirements of the myEcoCost system and transformed them into a software architecture during the last months. Companies participating in the system development will install a myEcoCost server software which will do all ecoCost accounting and calculation. This software adapts flexibly to the individual business needs. Consumer and business users access the system through standard web-browsers. The architecture is described in the report “Functional System and Software Architecture of the myEcoCost System” (Project Deliverable D1.2), of which a summary can be found here. With the architecture completed, the project has also taken the ‘System Requirements and Architecture Review’ milestone.

 

myEcoCost at the World Resource Forum in Davos

Consortium members will present the paper titled “A global collaborative accounting network to calculate the resource use of products and services” at the much acclaimed World Resource Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The paper gives a short summary about the overall project and shows interim results with respect to the resource accounting methodology. Information on the conference program can be found here.

 

 

myEcoCost Newsletter November 2014

 
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Less than one year ahead

In less than one year from now, by mid September 2015, myEcoCost will conclude three exciting project years. In this last phase of the project now starting, the main activities concentrate on the concept and system validation. While the resource accounting methodology and the software development and integration are being finalised in the next months, the plans for the different demonstration and validation activities have already started. We will keep you posted with the new achievements!

myEcoCost at the World Resources Forum 2014

From 19-22 October 2014, the World Resources Forum took place in Arequipa, Peru. In the scientific session on Innovation for Resource Efficiency, Klaus Wiesen, a member of the myEcoCost team at the Wuppertal Institute, presented a paper titled “myEcoCost - an Automated Accounting System for Natural Resources and Environmental Emission of Products”. The presentation and the related paper highlight the entire project and focus on the accounting framework including the structure of inventory data.

More information on the conference including the scientific session “Innovation for Resource Efficiency” can be found here.

Successful demo of ecoCost calculation during last progress meeting

Last September the sixth project progress meeting took place on the Isles of Scilly hosted by the partner Climate Friendly Food – Carbon Calculator. The software team performed a demonstration in which a fictive business created a production process, calculated the ecoCost of a product and sent it in form of an ecoInvoice from the business server through the myEcoCost network to a consumer smartphone. This achievement was possible due to the latest developments in all key service components: more functions on the business user software, computational features on the ecoAccounting module, access to LCI data on the data delivery network services, and the new information display on the myEcoCost App. On the left side of the figure, a screenshot of the business user software displays the process modeller which is the foundational accounting element of the system is based on current LCI data methodology and can support any number of inputs or outputs, accommodating very complex processes.

myEcoCost Computation




About myEcoCost

myEcoCost is a project co-funded by the European Commission and carried out by a consortium of nine industry and research partners with complementary expertise on the areas of environmental sustainability and accounting, ICT and software development. The team aims at developing an integrated software solution that in the long term will be able to measure the ecological cost of any product or service delivered through the supply chain.

Unlike other ecological or carbon calculators, myEcoCost draws on real supply chain data to calculate the total use of natural resources of a product or service, wherever they are in the supply chain.

For more information, go to www.myecocost.com

 
 
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myEcoCost Newsletter June 2013

 

Advisory Board set up

The Advisory Board of the myEcoCost project has been successfully established! The group is composed of 15 members, and includes acknowledged worldwide experts on key issues relating to the project. These include; Environmental accounting, data privacy, technical issues and dissemination. More information on the Advisory Board and their organisations can be found here at our project website.

 

Project flyer available 

The myEcoCost team has produced a project flyer. It summarises what myEcoCost is about, how the myEcoCost system is envisaged to work, the project objectives, expected benefits and the project structure. The flyer will be distributed by the team members in major events, but you can get your own copy from the project documents area in our website. The direct download link is here.

 

Progress within the project

The whole myEcoCost consortium has come together to discuss progress and plan next steps in two progress meetings, held in February and in June. Up to now, the collaborative work of the team has enabled finalising the “myEcoCost Application Scenarios and Service Requirements” report, of which a summary can be found here.
Over 100 requirements have been identified and form the basis of the functional system architecture currently being defined and of the first specification activities. 

 

myEcoCost invited to Chinese and British Universities

Professor Daizhong Su of Nottingham Trent University, a member of myEcoCost project consortium, delivered two invited lectures this year, one was at Derby University, UK on 20th February, and the other was at Harbin Engineering University, China, on 26th March. Both lectures were in the area of sustainable product design, and myEcoCost project was a major theme. The lectures were welcomed by the audience. The lectures not only publicised the project, but also enabled the audience to understand the latest research in the subject area conducted by the international collaborative team with the support of the European Commission.

 

 

myEcoCost Newsletter May 2014

 

First glance at the myEcoCost ‘app’
The consumers will be able to access their personal ecoCost not only via a web browser on their PC or laptop but also through smart phones and tablets. The consortium members already tested the first version of the consumer client for mobiles last December. Since then, the user interface was polished up and quite a number of new features were added. The pictures below provide a first glimpse of the app on smartphone and tablet displays, respectively (data shown is for testing and does not represent correct values).

                

 

First demonstration of the myEcoCost nucleus implementation
Emerging from a major effort of the software design team, the core elements of the myEcoCost nucleus have been designed, implemented, integrated and successfully tested and demonstrated for the first time. The initial nucleus functionality focuses on the end-to-end transmission of test data through a modelled product supply chain, from basic input resources to the end consumer.

With this demonstration, the project also achieved the important CDR milestone (Critical Design Review).

 

Presentation and demonstration of myEcoCost at TigerLogic developer conference
Enviro Data will present the myEcoCost project at a developer conference for Omnis Studio developers in Frankfurt on May 21, 2014. The presentation will include demonstrations of the various consumer clients for different types of devices and will also cover the challenges encountered when designing client systems for parallel deployment on multiple types of devices. Moreover, another focus of the presentation will be on the overall myEcoCost approach and the importance of making the end consumers and procurers aware of the total cost of their consumption – not only financially but also regarding resource use and environmental impact.

myEcoCost is here!

Welcome to the first myEcoCost Newsletter!

The entire team of the myEcoCost project welcomes you to the first project newsletter. The newsletter will regularly inform you about progress made on the project or news related to environmental accounting. If you are reading this news directly from our website and do not want to miss future news, click here to subscribe to our newsletter service.

 
Project Kick-Off Meeting in Brussels

Our first milestone - envisaged for a long time - was the kick-off meeting of the myEcoCost project.

The project was successfully inaugurated on 15th of October 2012 in Brussels. The following day we had the chance to meet all consortia that have been contracted to work on Resource Efficiency under FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage call.

Since then our work has progressed. The team has currently finished exploring the application scenarios of the myEcoCost system and is now working on studying at a deeper level industrial processes involved in the supply chain, defining the system functional architecture and establishing the resource accounting framework.

 
Our Project website is now live!

The project website was launched in December 2012. Do not miss the chance to visit us at the website and learn more about the project. And do not hesitate to leave your messages in the Comments area!

Here is the link: www.myecocost.eu

 
myEcoCost at the ADM2013 in Valencia

myEcoCost is organising a special session dedicated to Environmental Accounting during the 5th International Conference on Advanced Design and Manufacture (ADM2013). This will be held from 25th to 28th of September in Valencia, Spain. We hope to meet you there!

You can find the conference details here: http://www.adm-global.org/ADM2013/home.php

myEcoCost Newsletter December 2013

 

First peer-reviewed paper on the myEcoCost approach published

The first peer-reviewed paper on the myEcoCost approach and interim results has been published: Entitled “Forming the Nucleus of a Novel Ecological Accounting System: the myEcoCost Approach”, it is published in the Journal “Key Engineering Materials”, Volume 572 (2014) ISSN 1013-9826, pp78-83. Available as open access article here.

 

myEcoCost team organised a Special Session at ADM 2013 Conference in Valencia

The myEcoCost team organised a Special Session “Environmental Accounting” at the 5th International Conference on Advanced Design and Manufacture, Valencia, 26th September 2013. Chaired by the myEcoCost project leader Dr. Markus Werner (TGS) and Dr. Justus von Geibler (WI). 10 speakers representing several European FP7 projects (including 6 from the project team) have provided input to interesting discussions. Conference proceedings on the special session have been edited by Prof. Daizhong Su (NTU) and Dr. Markus Werner (TGS). Related material from the special sessions can be found here.

 

Our Advisory Board has met for the first time

The first face-to-face meeting of the myEcoCost Advisory Board has successfully taken place in Wuppertal, 19 November 2013. Eight members of the Advisory Board and eight members of the Consortium participated in the meeting. During the meeting the role of the AB and the status of work and work plans have been presented and discussed. Furthermore recommendations from AB members for the project team have been discussed. More information on the Advisory Board and their background can be found here at our project website.

 

Teaching activities at London Imperial College and at University of Wuppertal

Students at Imperial College London attending “The Series” have been introduced to myEcoCost in a 28th November 2013. The purpose of The Series is for students to learn/discuss about social, developmental and environmental projects and issues. The title of the lecture has been “A method to influence consumer behaviour to address global warming – myEcoCost”, presented by Robert Mostyn.

Another teaching activity will take place at University of Wuppertal within the Module “Sustainable Supply Chain Management: Practical Cases and Experiences”, offered in the new Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programme „Sustainability Management“ at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal. It will be offered in the remainder of the winter term 2013 / 2014 by Justus von Geibler. More information can be found here (in German).

 

myEcoCost presents at World Resources Forum in Davos

Klaus Wiesen and Sten-Erik Björling represented the myEcoCost team at World Resources Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The presentation “A global collaborative accounting network to calculate the resource use of products and services“ illustrated the accounting framework and brought up an interesting discussion with an overall positive feedback by the audience. Generally there was great interest in the project. Information on the conference program and the presentations can be found here.

 

The whole myEcoCost team wishes all our readers and their families a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and peaceful New Year.

 

 

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