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The most sustainable Christmas: Circular economy

More sustainable practices for a better Christmas.

Christmas holidays are getting close, accompanied by streets flooded with lights, dinners and lunches with relatives and friends, and gifts and enthusiasm. This year, from the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, we are launching a hopeful desire: a Christmas as sustainable as possible and moving around the criteria of the circular economy. "In the face of the obsolete model of the current linear system, the circular economy proposes a society that uses and optimizes stocks and flows of materials, energy and waste, and its objective is the efficient use of resources, as well as minimizing the amount of waste generated ," highlights the director of the Chair, Pere Fullana.

As the end of the year approaches, it is inevitable to be self-critical and ask ourselves: "What can I do to contribute to this new social model proposed by the circular economy?". The director and several researchers at the Chair offer us some ideas to implement that will guide us in this direction.

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5 tips for a more sustainable Christmas

PhD students at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF explain how to have an eco-friendly Christmas.

Is needed to reduce lighting during Christmas time.

There comes the time of the grand feasts, tons of gifts, with their respective packages, and lights on for hours; activities that can produce an important impact on the environment. Just during these dates, the generation of waste increases by 17% in cities such as Barcelona, according to data from the city council of this city. But, how to have an eco-friendly Christmas Holiday? PhD students at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF give us 5 tips to enjoy festivities respecting our environment.

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The director of the Chair joins the second “Foro de Energía y Desarrollo Sostenible” in Valencia

The Forum aims to generate a debate on the integration of energy policy and sustainable development in the European Union.

The director of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF Pere Fullana, performs a lecture about the impacts produced in the environment by the use of energy.

The Valencia Chamber of Commerce hosts the meeting in which companies and organizations related to energy and sustainability have participated.

At the right, Rafael Mossi Peiró, Director of the Competitivity Department of the Chamber; at the left, D. Joaquín Longares, Delegate of Iberdrola at Comunitat Valenciana. Credits: Cámara de Valencia.

On the right side of the image, Rafael Mossi Peiró, Director of the Competitiveness Department at the Chamber. On the left, D. Joaquín Longares, institutional delegate for Iberdrola at the Comunitat Valenciana. Credits: Cámara de Valencia.

The energy production and consumption on a global scale generate a significant  impact on the environment.  In order to carry out a sustainable lifestyle, what would be the most convenient energy model for our society? This issue is the vertebral axis of the second “Foro de Energía y Desarrollo Sostenible” (Energy and Sustainable Development Forum), celebrated this Tuesday December 12 at the Valencia Chamber of Commerce. The event is mainly addressed to companies and institutions related to sustainability and environment such as universities, trade unions , NGOs or research groups like the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF with its director, Pere Fullana, as representative and speaker during the sesion.

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Blanca Díaz: "I want to provide sustainable solutions in the business and social field"

Blanca Díaz, PhD student of the Residue and Resources Management Research line of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, begins a new professional stage, leaving behind two years in which the Chair has represented an important stage of acquiring new knowledge, says the researcher. Now, her next challenge is just around the corner: start a spin-off with the aim of reducing the amount of food that is currently wasted.

Blanca Díaz, PhD student of the Residues and Resources Management Research line of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF.

We move to the beginning. Tell us how was your arrival at the Chair...

The Director of the Chair, Pere Fullana, offered me to join the ARIADNA project, which analyses the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the implementation of a mandatory Deposit and Return System (DRS—in Spanish SDDR) in Catalonia and Spain; as well as the possibility to begin the doctorate based on the project, in parallel. At that time, I was in Ireland working in waste management, in the field of consulting business and the Chair was presented as an opportunity to enter the academy.

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The Chair participates in the 23rd SETAC Europe LCA Case Studies Symposium

ESCI-UPF hosts the 23rd edition of the Symposium on Life Cycle Analysis case studies of SETAC.

The director of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change, Pere Fullana, is a member of the Scientific Committee and the Local Organising Committee of the symposium.

On November 27-28, the 23rd SETAC Europe LCA Case Studies Symposium , entitled “Consequential LCA for Decision Support”, has brought together nearly one hundred participants at ESCI-UPF in Barcelona. It is the second time that a SETAC congress is held at ESCI-UPF educational center (the first one was 15 years ago, in 2002). The Symposium, organised by SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) in cooperation with the International Life Cycle Academy, has involved the participation of the UNESCO Chair of Life Cycle and Climate Change. Pere Fullana, director of the Chair and member of both Scientific and Local Organising Committees, conducted the second inaugural session with a brief presentation of the Chair and its different research lines.

Pere Fullana, director of the Chair, Henrik Wenzel, of the Univesity of Southern Denmark, and Guy Castelan, of the association of Plastics Europe; during the inaugural session of the 23rd edition of the Symposium on Life Cycle Analysis case studies of SETAC.

SETAC is a non-profit, worldwide professional organisation devotedto support the development of principles and practices for protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystems integrity. On the other hand, ILCA is an association of academics and academic institutions recognised internationally as LCA specialists aimed at promoting educational activities to build up a sustainable vision of the world. The Chair and ILCA signed an agreement in 2012 to work together to guarantee training of LCA professionals.

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