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The Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) is a center for international cooperation with Mediterranean countries on development and innovation in the production sector and civil society, based on more sustainable consumption and production models.

The Centre develops its activity under the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) for the protection and development of the Mediterranean basin, an organization belonging to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).


The SCP/RAC was established in 1996 with the name of Regional Activity Cen
tre for Cleaner Production by means of a collaboration agreement between the Spanish Ministry of Environment (currently MAGRAMA) and the Government of Catalonia. The establishing of the Centre was based on a decision agreed by the Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution (known as the Barcelona Convention), the legal framework within which the MAP operates.

In 2013, the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention agreed to rename the center as Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) in order to update the name according to its mandate.


Likewise, in 2009 the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) was included in the SCP/RAC’s area of activity, upon being designated Regional Centre for application by the Parties. Since then, these pollutants are a priority in many of the SCP/RAC’s activities. 

 

The SCP/RAC works to build capacity and contribute to the exchange of knowledge in such areas as:

 

  • Adopting resource efficiency and cleaner production and pollution prevention as factors of competitiveness and economic performance for SMEs,
  • Reducing the generation of hazardous chemicals and their use by means of the best available techniques (BAT) and the best environmental practices (BEP),
  • Promoting initiatives for innovation and entrepreneurship that contribute to a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle for citizens,
  • Introducing environmental criteria in the purchasing processes of public authorities (green public procurement),
  • Introducing the concept of sustainability on university and business school curricula,
  • Incorporating education on sustainable consumption and lifestyles into the work plans of civil society organizations.
 
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Spin-off UNESCO Chair

Cyclus Vitae Solutions, SL was founded in October 2010 as a spin off technology-based UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate of the Business School of International Trade (ESCI) at the University Pompeu Fabra. In addition, Cyclus’ expertise is enriched by both the Research Group Igualada (GIR in Spanish) at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and the Catalan environmental consultancy Randa Group, which has been integrated in Cyclus.

The spin-off, managed by Dr. Pere Fullana i Palmer, offers to private companies and public national and international organizations to build development and innovation structures to improve methodologies which support life cycle applications of products and processes.

Cyclus Vitae Solutions, S.L. provides you with extensive experience in Life Cycle Analysis, (LCA) Carbon Footprint, Ecolabelling, training in LCA, GaBi software and environmental communication among others.

¨Cyclus will allow you to acknowledge your impacts on the environment, to optimize your products and processes and to communicate those achievements to boost your position in the market. We go walk with you all the way towards the sustainability¨.

 

Institutional links

La Cátedra UNESCO mantiene colaboraciones con otras entidades del sector en numerosos países y cooperaciones y alianzas con algunas de las más importantes empresas del sector.

Para ver algunas de las que entidades que colaboran habitualmente en proyectos de investigación con al Cátedra UNESCO clicar aquí.

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