The SUSTRACK project and the European Bioeconomy Network (EuBioNet), have created a working group on “Standardisation, certification, labelling and monitoring”.

As part of the collaboration among different projects, SUSTRACK hosted a mobilization and mutual learning (MML) workshop on 14th of February 2023 from 10.00 to 12.00 CET (online).

Some of the objectives of this workshop were:

  • Facilitate the awareness and knowledge exchange among the projects of the working group;
  • Discuss collaboration opportunities and joint activities;
  • Define common action plans.

There, Patrick Reumerman from BTG Group, was in charge of providing a short presentation of the ALIGNED project, including its objectives, expected outcomes, and sectors of interest.



The ALIGNED project is glad to be part of ECOSYSTEX, an initiative of the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency (REA), the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) and the Circular-Biobased Europe Joint Undertaking to accelerate collaboration in textile sustainability.

The main objectives behind this initiative will focus on:

  • Interproject collaboration to share best practices and exchange new knowledge.
  • Engagement with policymakers to provide support in designing and implementing effective policies and programmes
  • Dissemination to ensure the interested, public expert community can be informed about the latest developments and results of EU research and innovation projects addressing textile sustainability and circularity.

Collaboration between academics, technological developers, leaders in the textile sector, and other stakeholders from around Europe is an important aspect of ECOSYSTEX. The mission of ECOSYSTEX is to establish itself as the principal knowledge center in Europe and the premier source of up-to-date knowledge on all topics pertaining to the circularity and sustainability of the textile industry.

The ALIGNED project is part of this group since our initiative is collaborating with different industries and representatives from five Bio-Based sectors: Construction, Woodworking, Pulp and Paper, Bio Chemicals and Textile which is the sector where ECOSYSTEX will work on.

Know more information on the ECOSYSTEX LinkedIn Profile

Sources: https://textile-platform.eu/ecosystex


How will ALIGNED and CALIMERO contribute to improving the Life Cycle Assessment methodology in five bio-based sectors?

The ALIGNED and CALIMERO projects aim to improve the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology in five bio-based sectors: construction, woodworking, biochemicals, pulp and paper, and textile. The ALIGNED project focuses on harmonizing assessment methods by developing tools to understand the environmental and social impact of producing biobased products, and testing these methods through collaboration with industrial partners. CALIMERO aims to develop a comprehensive Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) methodology that addresses relevant issues for bio-based systems such as dynamic carbon accounting, impacts on biodiversity, and socio-economic trade-offs.

The ALIGNED and CALIMERO projects share several synergies, including the involvement of common stakeholders and the coordination of harmonization efforts. Both projects aim to reach industry, consultants, policymakers, and the European Commission and will collaborate on events to maximize outreach.

The CALIMERO project will develop a toolbox to assess industrial case studies from the five targeted bio-based sectors and will propose, simulate, and analyze plant-level solutions using multi-objective optimization with sustainability criteria. This will provide decision-makers with evidence-based recommendations on how to improve the sustainability performance of bio-based industries in Europe. Similarly, the ALIGNED project will provide a methodological framework and an ecosystem of modelling approaches and tools for the assessment of bio-based products in the five sectors.

“I see several potential synergies with the sister-project CALIMERO. First of all, we can learn from each other regarding how to conduct the very process of harmonization of methods. In ALIGNED this is done via scientific consensus, which means that the researchers in the group select methods based on their experience and a set of quality criteria, and then this selection is discussed together in the consortium, but we might benefit from including CALIMERO in this process and by comparing with their approach” states Massimo Pizzol, ALIGNED Project Coordinator

The results of these projects will support initiatives such as the European Union Industrial Policy Strategy, the European Green Deal, the 2030 Climate Target Plan, and the Bioeconomy strategy. The development of a harmonized LCSA methodology that considers environmental, economic, and social objectives from a life cycle perspective will provide the bio-based industries with a common and integrated tool to assess and improve their sustainability performance, ultimately leading to a greener and more sustainable Europe.



On February 8, Massimo Pizzol professor at Aalborg University and the project coordinator of the ALIGNED project, had the opportunity to give a seminar in the framework of “Prospective assessment and uncertainty in LCA for technology development”.

The event was organised by The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA) at the IDA Conference centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. There, Massimo explained how environmental life-cycle assessment has an important role to play in the transition to a greener and more sustainable society and how we can improve the uses of Life Cicle Assessments (LCA) in the early development phases of new technologies. In this context, Massimo introduced the ALIGNED project and the upcoming work with low-TRL biobased technologies for lignin valorisation, and with uncertainty analysis, within ALIGNED.

The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA) is a professional association for technology natural sciences an IT specialist with over 140000 members.


ALIGNED, part of the GRETE Network

We have been invited by the GRETE project to join their Networking space. This project is focused on developing innovative technologies for the first part of the wood-to-textile value chain.

As part of this network, stakeholders involved in textile and biobased industries can be connected and share their expertise and experience from other similar initiatives. It is a platform for knowledge sharing and discussions, that facilitates the identification of synergies and fosters exploitation activities.


Consultation rounds – we want to hear from you

The ALIGNED project is excited to announce a new section on our website dedicated to gaining further insights into the five bio-based sectors within our project: construction, woodworking, textiles, pulp and paper, and biochemicals.

To ensure that our project accurately represents and benefits each sector, we will be holding sector consultations. These consultations give representatives from these five sectors the opportunity to have a direct impact on the shape of the ALIGNED project by sharing their knowledge and experience.

Specifically, the consultations will focus on environmental assessments, particularly on Life Cycle Assessments (LCA), and how they apply to the whole sector. This information will be used to create fitting recommendations for each sector.

For each of the five sectors, there will be two consultation rounds. The first round will be held near the start of our project to gather information and input from the sector, and the second round will be held near the end of the project to give the sector the opportunity to comment on and value our results.

We encourage representatives from the construction, woodworking, textiles, pulp and paper, and biochemicals sectors to participate in these consultations and help shape the future of our project.

Please visit our new section for more information and to participate in the sector consultation that applies to you. Together, we can create a sustainable future for our bio-based sectors.


The European Bioeconomy Network welcomes ALIGNED

ALIGNED has joined the European Bioeconomy Network (EuBioNet) an alliance of more than 100 projects and initiatives dealing with Bioeconomy promotion, communication and support. The main goal is to maximise the efforts, increasing knowledge sharing, networking, mutual learning, and coordination of joint activities and events.

Our project expects to benefit from the mutual promotion of outcomes, new partnerships, joint event planning and knowledge sharing.

LCA network

ALIGNED present in the Prospective LCA network

Our project coordinator, Aalborg University, had the chance to present the ALIGNED project in the “Prospective LCA network” initiative.

As part of this initiative, between 6-8 researchers are closely working within the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) field and organise online seminars (quarterly) about this topic. During the last seminar on November 7, Massimo Pizzol (Life Cycle Assessment researcher and teacher) introduced the ALIGNED project to more than 70 attendees and invited them to follow the project on social media channels.

The presentation used in the seminar can be found here.


The ALIGNED project kicks off with a meeting in AALBORG (Denmark)

On October 26 and 27, consortium partners had the opportunity to meet for the first time in person in Aalborg, Denmark.

Our project coordinator, Aalborg University, welcomed partners for two days of fruitful discussions on the first activities and actions that will be taking place in the upcoming semester, with a special focus on project management, first communication actions, upcoming webinars/workshops and the engagement of stakeholders from the different sectors.

Partners are excited to start working on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and its application to assess and promote sustainability in the targeted bio-based industries: construction, woodworking, textile, pulp and paper, and bio-chemicals.


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