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The Fraunhofer Institutes IZM (Institute for Reliability and Microintegration) and ISI (Institute for Systems and Innovation Research) are part of the Fraunhofer Society for Applied Research in Germany, a non-profit corporation, which promotes applied research and assures the link between fundamental and industrial research. The research society has currently 72 institutes and research units all over Germany. Fraunhofer IZM, Berlin, covers with its research scope ICT hardware and a long track record in sustainability aspects of electronics. This includes product group studies right from the beginning of the ErP, then EuP Directive back in 2005. Fraunhofer ISI, Karlsruhe, complements the scientific and technological spectrum of the Fraunhofer Institutes through interdisciplinary research on the interdependence between technology, economy and society.
VITO, The Flemish Institute for Technological research (Belgium), is a renowned European research centre in the field of Energy, Environment and sustainable materials management that has already developed Ecodesign Directive Preparatory studies as input to the development of implementing measures for several product groups for the European Commission and advises regional and federal Belgian authorities on green public procurement policy and criteria development and life cycle analysis.