SRI Methodology

The SRI Methodology is the process participating companies follows to set ecodesign targets for modalities in the scope and ensure that they are achieved.

The purpose of the SRI methodology is to:

  • Provide a transparent and continuous process to control the application of ecodesign targets while protecting company confidential information.
  • Set a priority sequence for the equipment evaluation.
  • Identify top environmental aspects.
  • Set environmental targets.
  • Systematically engage stakeholders.
  • Monitor and report progress.

The methodology is revised every year through a constant improvement process on the basis of the lessons learnt and experience gathered in applying it to different modalities.  

On occasion of the 2nd SRI Annual Forum meeting the SRI Steering Committee presented the third version of the methodology, the SRIV3.

COCIR believes that the SRI Methodology would prove helpful also for other industrial sectors willing to start an ecodesign initiative.


The SRI methodology is based on six iterative key steps.

  • Step 1: Gather baseline data
  • Step 2: Prioritization and selection of modalities
  • Step 3: Identification of significant environmental aspect(s) for the selected modality
  • Step 4: Definitions of environmental targets for the selected modality
  • Step 5: Implementation into company processes
  • Step 6: Monitoring and reporting

The iterative process ensures that once a modality has been selected (via the priority list resulting from Step 1 and 2), it will remain in the continuous improvement circle (Steps 3 to 6). This means that once a modality has been selected and the industry has achieved the target to minimize the aspect with the highest environmental impact and potential for improvement, another assessment of the most significant aspects will be done. Following the methodology, the industry will choose the aspect with the highest impact and derive a new target.

The duration to achieve the adopted target depends on the modality and its specific innovation cycles (between 3 and 10 years).