The central goal of the ENVRI project is to implement harmonised solutions and draw up guidelines for the common needs of the environmental ESFRI projects, with a special focus on issues as architectures, metadata frameworks, data discovery in scattered repositories, visualisation and data curation. This is going to empower the users of the collaborating environmental research infrastructures and will enable multidisciplinary scientists to access, study and correlate data from multiple domains for "system level" research. The collaborative effort has to ensure that each infrastructure can fully benefit from the integrated new ICT capabilities beyond the project duration by adopting the ENVRI solutions as part of their ESFRI implementation plans. In addition, the result will strengthen the European contributions to GEOSS - the Global Earth Observation System of Systems. All the nine Social Benefit Areas identified and addressed by GEO-GEOSS will take advantage of such approach.