Deliverable 7.1 - Dissemination, Communication and Exploitation Plan
Dissemination, communication and exploitation activities play a vital role within the HARMONITOR project. The project aims at an adequate and effective dissemination of its results and fluent communication of its activities at every stage during the project lifetime. Exploitation activities aim at ensuring that project results and methodologies are used by policymakers and by the certification and labels community to keep improving their certification schemes and labels (CSLs). The main dissemination and communication tools (website, blogs, social media, participation in renowned conferences, meetings, networking events and workshops, scientific publications, etc.) are listed in detail in this plan. The relationship between tools and the different target groups is explained, alongside suggested indicators for actively monitoring effectiveness.
Deliverable 7.2 - Initial Data Management Plan
The data usage foreseen in the HARMONITOR project combines original data generated during the project with building on existing data from earlier work by partners and relevant published data. The type of data foreseen to be gathered includes Background information of existing European and International CSLs (Certification Schemes and Labels): qualitative data from open public consultation on existing CSL issues, qualitative data from interviews and meetings with CSL stakeholders, trade flow data of bio-based materials from Eurostat, Comext, STIX, or FAOSTAT, bio-based material product certification information and volumes, inventory of key aspects of CSLs, application of HARMONITOR system and indicators on CSLs, direct and Indirect costs to achieve, Cost Benefit Analysis Database.
Deliverable 3.1 - Selection of Bio-Based Value Chains
The HARMONITOR project aims to improve the effectiveness of certification schemes and labels (CSLs) in different sectors of the EU Bioeconomy and therewith strengthen their use as a co-regulation instrument. As part of this project, production and trade data will be collected on bio-based value chains and their levels of sustainability certification. As a first step, 35 value chains from biomass to bio-based products or materials needed to be selected for further assessment. Furthermore, this selection will be used for work to be performed in other tasks within the HARMONITOR project, i.e., the selection and assessment of certification schemes and labels (in short CSLs), and the assessment of costs, benefits, and economic feasibility of CSLs.
Deliverable 2.1 - Inventory and Characterisation of Identified CSLs and Selection of Bio-Based Value Chains
To achieve its objectives, HARMONITOR, in close cooperation with its sister projects SUSTCERT4BIOBASED and STAR4BBS, develops a monitoring system. Furthermore, dedicated assessment activities analyse the status of sustainability certification in the EU bioeconomy and finally, HARMONITOR develops a platform for the cooperation and continuous improvement of CSLs. The basis for these activities is a joint definition of starting points for the project, which include the development of an inventory of CSLs and bio-based value chains. These starting points can be used by all HARMONITOR tasks and partners for respective analysis and assessment steps.
Deliverable 2.2 - Summary of Public Consultation Inputs
In order to understand what is the most adequate way for adapting the current benefits and opportunities of CSLs to public policy and expanding their reach in the EU, it is of utmost importance to consult stakeholders involved in the use of such practices. For this reason, HARMONITOR conducted an open public consultation with stakeholders that have an interest in CSLs. The consultation gathered input from stakeholders on important matters that impact the efficiency and reliability of CSLs. The feedback obtained from the consultation will be used to initiate the HARMONITOR platform and establish a foundation for the work packages (WP) 4 (review and analysis of selected existing CSLs for biological resources, bio-based materials and products), 5 (development and application of a CSL monitoring system), and 6 (quantification of costs, benefits and economic feasibility of CSLs). This report describes the methodological steps of the stakeholder consultation and presents preliminary results based on the inputs obtained as of May the 8th which will be used as a starting point for a stakeholder consultation workshop at EUBCE Conference taking place in Bologna in June 2023.
Deliverable 2.3 - Methodology Handbook for Benchmarking and Monitoring
To ensure consistent and comprehensive results in analysing CSLs, cross-Work Package (WP) coordination is necessary. To facilitate this coordination, Task 2.3 in WP2 is meant to create a methodology hub to facilitate the analysis of bio-based value chains and CSLs and ensure consistency and compatibility of results and data flows. The hub, made through the contribution of all the project partners, will coordinate the selection of methodologies that can be used across different project WPs. Its tasks will include coordinating data collection, discussing methodologies development and selection, preparing coherent results, data transferring and exchanging information with other projects with similar objectives under the ZERO POLLUTION call. The hub will serve as a platform for identifying connections between tasks and interdisciplinary project activities. Additionally, the hub will enable partners to collectively identify data sources and define methodologies for reviewing, monitoring, and assessing selected CSLs.
Deliverable 4.1 - Literature review and inventory of certification schemes and labels requirements
Part of HARMONITOR is the development of an inventory detailing key aspects for selected CSLs, including their activities, covered materials, requirements, assurance and governance systems. In conjunction with the methodology outlined in HARMONITOR’s D2.3 Methodology Handbook, this inventory will facilitate a comparative analysis of each selected CSL. The methodology for developing and analysing the inventories adopted a phased approach. Initially, 22 CSLs were selected for examination. This was followed by a comprehensive analysis of the chosen CSLs, assessing their general information and characteristics, environmental, social, and economic requirements, assurance system requirements and respective governance structures.