On 30 April 2024 at 10:00 am CET the PRESERVE project is organising an online training in webinar format on the implementation of the Safe and Sustainable by Design (SSbD) framework in the project. This training is the first webinar of a new series which will touch upon key topics of interest in the realm of sustainable packaging and EU research and innovation projects such as SSbD, biodegradation or open science principles and practice.

The 4-year EU-funded project PRESERVE is, since 2020, developing five food and drink packaging demonstrators made with biobased materials, and 5 personal care items demonstrators made with secondary raw materials. These 10 applications need to be safe to protect human health and sustainable to protect the environment (and human health yet again). That is the goal of the Safe and Sustainable by Design (SSbD) assessment framework introduced by the European Commission in 2022 as a voluntary general approach.

The framework aims to:

  • Steer the innovation process towards the green and sustainable industrial transition;
  • Substitute or minimise the production and use of substances of concern, in line with, and beyond existing and upcoming regulatory obligations;
  • Minimise the impact on health, climate and the environment during sourcing, production, use and end-of-life of chemicals, materials and products.

At PRESERVE, the ITENE research centre is leading the implementation of the SSbD framework to assess the new chemicals and materials being developed within the project. ITENE is also the task leader of those activities related to release of microplastics, circularity assessment and food safety and regulations. Together with NTT, which is leading the work on safety, environmental and economic sustainability assessments, ITENE will provide an hour training on the basics, implementation, and the synergies of the SSbD.

A crucial aspect of EU funded projects and of PRESERVE is not only the transfer of knowledge and skills to project partners, but also to external stakeholders such as researchers, students, policymakers, and industrial stakeholders. The ambition is that knowledge, expertise, and skills generated within the project can be transferred to other experts and projects, thus, benefiting research and innovation in Europe as a whole. With that in mind, the project set up a multiyear and multidimensional training plan,