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General information


Categories

 

The award has five categories: Categories A, B, C and D are for entrants from Catalonia, while categori E, Euro-Mediterranean Design, is aimed at entrants from the 21 neighbouring Mediterranean countries members to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean

 a) Category A: Product

Product already in the market, designed or manufactured inCatalonia, for which environmental considerations have been taken into account at the development stage, with the goal of minimising its environmental impact during its life cycle.

 b) Category B: Products under development

Project for a product, not yet manufactured or marketed (but at the prototype stage), which has been designed taking into account environmental considerations with the goal of minimising its environmental impact during its life cycle.

 c) Category C: Strategy

Initiative, policy, procedure or system, implemented or executed inCatalonia, which incorporates the use or promotion of products that have been designed taking into account environmental considerations at the development stage with the goal of minimising their environmental impact during their life cycle.

 d) Category D: Young design

Product already in the market, product at the development stage or strategy, developed by students or professionals at the beginning of their career, for which environmental considerations have been taken into account at the development stage with the goal of minimising its environmental impact during its life cycle.

 e) Category E: Euro-Mediterranean design:

Product already in the market, product at the development stage or strategy, developed in Euro-Mediterranean countries, for which environmental considerations have been taken into account at the development stage with the goal of minimising its environmental impact during its life cycle.

 

 

Evaluation criteria

 The evaluation criteria that will be taken into account are as follows:

 a) Basic criteria:

  • Incorporation of significant eco-design strategies in the product life cycle. For example: reduction in resource consumption; selection of materials with a smaller environmental impact; reduction of the environmental impact of the production process; optimisation of the distribution process; reduction of environmental impact during use; lengthening of the useful-life stage; and optimisation of the end-of-life stage.
  • Quality of the design: what the design offers in respect of emotional and functional aspects, paying special attention to usability, ergonomics, safety, aesthetics, functionality, its perception and acceptance by end users, and its capacity to meet a need.
  • Innovation: the added value offered by the product, project or strategy in respect of the possible alternatives that exist in the market.

 

For products under development, other considerations taken into account are whether the submitted entry has been comprehensively studied and developed, how close it is to completion, and its feasibility from an economic and market-based perspective.

 b) Additional criteria:

Application of environmental evaluation methodologies, for example: MET (materials, energy and toxicity) matrices, SEA (strategic environmental assessment) or LCA (life-cycle assessment).

  • Potential environmental benefit (estimate of the savings associated with the use of the product in terms of its overall impact, calculated taking into account the environmental improvement per product unit and the global sales volume).
  • Possession of labels that accredit the environmental benefits of the product (eco-labels granted by official bodies or recognised private organisations).
  • Implementation of the environmental management system in the design and development process (Eco-design, ISO 14006).
  • Socio-economic impact of the entry on the market or on its scope of application.

 

Implementation, quality and repercussion of the communication and awareness-raising strategies.

 

 

Evaluation of submitted entries

The accepted entries will be evaluated in two stages:

Stage1. The inicial selection is made by team of experts appointed by the Catalan Waste Agency.

Stage 2. The entries that pass the initial selection are evaluated by the judging panel, which will select the winning entries in the five award categories

 

Judging panel

 

The jury is composed of:

a) The Secretary for the Environment and Sustainability of the Ministry of Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia, acting as president of        the jury.

b) Two experts in ecodesign appointed by the minister of the Catalan Government with competence in environmental matters.

c) One expert in environmental communication appointed by the minister of the Catalan Government with competence in environmental matters.

d) One representative of the Catalan Waste Agency, of the Ministry of Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia, acting as secretary of              the jury.

e) One representative of the Directorate General for Environmental Quality, of the Ministry of Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia.

f) One representative (maximum) of each of the three international organisations in the area of the Euro-Mediterranean countries with competence in                   consumer affairs and sustainable production, to be determined by the Technical Secretary's Office.

g) One representative of the Industrial Design Association of the Arts and Design Promotion, ADI-FAD.

h) One representative of the Association of Professional Designers, ADP.

i) One representative of the Barcelona Design Centre, BCD.

d) One representative of the Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIÓ), of the Ministry of Business and Employment of the Government of Catalonia.

k) One representative of the consumer associations ofCatalonia, appointed by the Board of Consumers of Catalonia.

 

 

Award money

The winner of each category will receive 5.000 €

 

Award ceremony

 

The award ceremony will take place in the autum of 2015 in Barcelona, as part of the SWITCH-Med Action Network Event, which will bring together more than 300 participants re presenting businesses, entrepeneurs, public administrations and civil society organizations from the Mediterranean countries.

 

Exclusion from participation

 

Products already in the market, products under development or product promotion strategies are not eligible for submission to the award if they are in any of the situations listed below:

a) If they have already been submitted for the Design for Recycling Award on previous occasions, unless they have undergone a substantial redesign or improvement that makes a new evaluation necessary.

b) If they are submitted simultaneously in more than one of the listed categories, whether approached from the same or a different perspective.

c) If their main value is artistic (works of art).

d) If they are buildings or other complex architectural elements

e) If they are one-off items that cannot be mass-produced.

f) If a member of the judging panel has participated actively in the entry submission as a designer, as a manufacturing company or distributor of the product, or as the promoter of a strategy.

 
 
Updated date: 24.11.2014