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Sustainable Development Website Launched

Akzo Nobel’s Surface Chemistry business is one of the driving forces behind a new website dedicated to promoting sustainable development.

Already a year into its three-year program, the DANTES project is co-funded by the EU LIFE program and is being devised in conjunction with Swiss company ABB, Finland’s Stora Enso and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

The aim of DANTES (Demonstrate and Assess New Tools for Environmental Sustainability) is to provide an online resource packed with tools, strategies and important information about many aspects of environmental sustainability which can be used by any interested parties.

The website has already gone live and will be continually upgraded and updated with more information until the project phase ends in August 2005.

“Surface Chemistry wanted to do more in the area of sustainable development, with a particular focus on the environment,” explained project manager Klas Hallberg, who is also manager of the Product Stewardship and Sustainability group at the Surface Chemistry BU, based in Stenungsund, Sweden.

“We became aware of the EU LIFE Environment program—which promotes projects for the protection and enhancement of the environment—and realized that we could get funding for what we wanted to do.”

After contacting colleagues at Chalmers University, Hallberg was soon talking to ABB and Stora Enso and so DANTES—which is a demonstration project, not a research project—was born.

“We’re looking to work with different tools in three main areas, life cycle assessment, environmental risk assessment and life-cycle costing,” added Hallberg. “But as well as providing the tools and helping other people to assess their efforts in these areas, we also want to show how these tools could be used in a strategic way.”

The site features a wide range of sustainability tools grouped under five different headings— management tools, assessment tools, communication tools, other info and software. The DANTES site can be visited at www.dantes.info

(Released: March 29, 2004)

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