The UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF gives priority to the development of applied research, national and international training and awareness-raising programmes in higher-education institutions, as well as scientific research and professional training. It works closely with UNESCO to pursue the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


To work together with partners across the globe, using our combined resources in research and education, in line with UNESCO principles for introducing a life cycle perspective into decision making in order to meet sustainability challenges.


The UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF aspires to change the world for the better as a nationally and internationally trusted source of high-impact research, policymaking and business partnerships in the fields of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and circular economy and their application to the endeavour of mitigating climate change.


  • UNESCO and ESCI-UPF’s comparative advantage, relevance and added value
  • Expertise in ecodesign, LCA, environmental communication and design of environmental management systems for products, services and organisations
  • Innovation capacity to improve and share circular economy solutions
  • Power to rally others, leadership for sustainability
  • International scope

Long-term development goals

  • To play a role in fostering environmental sustainability by setting up an international pool of knowledge and expertise on Life Cycle Management, centred on research, education and activities with a particular focus on mitigating climate change
  • To promote capacity building through integrated research and education in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa by setting up cooperation and network relationships with overseas organisations
  • To promote and support interdisciplinary research projects integrating economic and social aspects, as well as environmental governance, in order to allow substantial improvement in methodologies supporting life cycle applications for mitigating climate change

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