The Director of the Chair takes part in UNESCO’s day celebration in Barcelona

From November 11 to 18, the “Xarxa Civil UNESCO a Catalunya” celebrates the seventh edition of the UNESCO’s Week.

The ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of UNESCO will take place on November 17 at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans in Barcelona.

Dr. Pere Fullana, Director of the Chair, will participate in the celebration presenting the Chair and talking about environmental evaluation criteria.

Portada del programa de la Semana UNESCO 2017.

Portrait of UNESCO’s 2017 week programme.

Under the slogan “UNESCO, a longing for firm and constant peace”, the Xarxa Civil UNESCO a Catalunya celebrates the seventh edition of UNESCO’s week November 11 to 18, once again demonstrating its commitment with the ideals, principles and objectives of the Constitution of UNESCO, signed on 16 November 1945, based on building peace. Within this context, next friday, 17th November, the UNESCO’s 70th anniversary commemoration at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC), will count with the participation of UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF’s Director, Pere Fullana, with a presentation of the Chair and a lecture on the environmental evaluation criteria. 

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The Chair participates in the Reflections “Grow without consuming: Experiences of Circular Economy” Cycle

Jaume Albertí, leader of the Sustainable Construction Research line, heads the workshop “Circular Economy in the building sector”.

The cycle of Reflections 2017-2018 deals with edification, feed and mobility.

Jaume Albertí y Pere Gaviria en el Palau Macaya.
Jaume Albertí and Pere Gaviria in the Palau Macaya. Credits: ERF.

This year's edition of the "Grow Without Consuming" Cycle of Conferences, organised by the Palau Macaya in Barcelona under the scientific direction of the ERF - Estudi Ramon Folch i Associats, focuses on circular economy studies and  practices through differents workshops and roundtables which started last september and will continue until next June . In this context, the researcher of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF specialized in sostenible construction, Jaume Albertí, has led the workshop “Circular Economy in the building sector”, about the optimization of the life cycle of buildings.

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Dídem Civancik presents the project “New Design Refuse Bag” in Barcelona Fira

Didem Civancik, researcher of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, attended the 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineers, which took place in Barcelona Fira from 1 to 5 of October. The World Council of Chemical Engineering (WCEC), the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) and the European Society of Sciences of Biochemical Engineering (ESBES) promoted this congress "three in one" together with the taxpayers from all over the world. The objective of this international congress was to find innovative solutions to respond to the main social challenges, in the areas of chemical engineering. Other issues like use of resources, the environment and sustainability were also discussed. During the congress, a wide variety of sessions, lectures, oral presentations and PhD workshops took place.

Civancik made the presentation named “Environmental improvement of a polyethylene refuse bag by adding a mineral filler (Granic 1522): a Life Cycle Study”, explaining the production of new design refuse bag that mix plastic components with minerals. In a context of progressive extinction of fossil fuel reserves and taking into account its high environmental impact, the design of this new bag can be key to a greener future.

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Presentació del Grau en Urban Sciences

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L'Institut d'Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya(IAAC) i ESCI-UPF van presentar  dijous 26 d’octubre a les 12.00 h. el nou Grau en Urban Sciences de 3 anys i 100 % impartit en anglès. L’acte, presidit pel dr. Xavier Cuadras, director d'ESCI-UPF i el sr. Willy Müller, cofundador i director de Desenvolupament del IAAC, va comptar amb la presència de dr. Mathis Wackernagel, director de Global Footprint Network i co-creador del concepte “empremta ecològica”. 

Per tal de lluitar contra un canvi climàtic imperant, la humanitat ha d’abandonar l’ús dels combustibles fòssils abans del 2015. Així mateix, ens trobem davant del repte d’innovar i buscar solucions a les limitacions de les societats actuals.

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Pere Fullana and Gonzalo Blanca attend the International Symposium on Waste Management and Landfill issues in Sardinia

Pere Fullana, director of the ESCI-UPF UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change and Gonzalo Blanca, researcher of the Chair, attended the 16th International Symposium on waste and landfill management in Sardinia from 2 to 6 October in Sardinia_2017. Organized by the IWWG - International Waste Working Group, it aims to provide information to professional communities around the world on ideas and experiences in the field of waste management and landfills.

The 2017 edition focused on the advances of science and technology in waste management, presenting case studies and discussing controversial issues, sharing experiences between countries, taking into account also social and economic aspects. The symposium included oral, specialized sessions, workshops as well as poster sessions, with a total of 676 participants and presentation of more than 550 scientific articles.

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Life Cycle Aassessment (LCA)

¿What is a Life Cycle Assessment?

LCA is a scientific methodology, standardized (ISO 14044) to analyze the environmental burdens associated with all stages of the life cycle of a product or service from cradle to grave, including raw material extraction, processing materials, manufacturing, distribution, maintenance, and waste management.

¿How do we do an LCA?

• Compile an inventory of relevant inputs and outputs of the system, as well as emissions.

• Evaluate potential impacts associated with these inputs and outputs through a set of indicators (including carbon footprint and water)

• Interpret the results of the inventory and impact phases in relation to the objectives of the study to assist in decision making.

¿What kind of information give us?

The LCA provides an overview of environmental characteristics, allowing improvement and avoiding environmental load transfer between parts of the production chain or between environmental impact categories.