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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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Travelling by air around waste management and food’s carbon footprint

Blanca-Alcubilla and Batlle presenting their projectes at the Workshop. Credits: Laura Cugat.

Blanca-Alcubilla and Batlle presenting their projectes at the Workshop. Credits: Laura Cugat.

“We are at the Barcelona-El Prat airport , ready to catch a flight to New York City,” with these words started the workshop “La huella de nuestra alimentación. ¿Conoces su impacto?” (“Our food's footprint. Did you know its impact?"). Immediately, the assistants were involved in an activity consisted in catching an airplane due to start a travel aimed at reflecting about waste management and the carbon footprint from catering food. The researchers at the UNESCO Chair of Life Cycle and Climate Change Gonzalo Blanca, from the Waste Management Research Line, and Laura Batlle, from the Agro-alimentary one, were the responsibles for flying the plain. The session was held on November 24 at ESCI, as a part of the European Week for Waste Reduction.

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“The answer is science: make a life cycle assessment and seek to minimise environmental impact”, says Pere Fullana

The director of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, Pere Fullana, led a lecture in the UNESCO’s Week closing act at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans.

Fullana presented the Chair’s research lines on life cycle assessment of products and the environmental evaluation criteria.

Xarxa Civil UNESCO a Catalunya was the organiser of the seventh edition of UNESCO’s week on November 11-18.

Pere Fullana at the UNESCO's day commemoration ceremony. Credits: IEC

Pere Fullana at the UNESCO's day commemoration ceremony. Credits: IEC.

On November 17, the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC) hold the UNESCO’s day commemoration ceremony in Barcelona. The event brought a close to the UNESCO’s week, from November 11 to 18, after carrying out hundreds of activities around Catalonia. The director of the Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, Pere Fullana, participated in the ceremony by presenting the Chair’s research lines on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the products and the environmental evaluation criteria, through practical examples.

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The ARIADNA study at the UGT - Ecoembes Conference "The Environment unites us"

On October 19, Ecoembes and UGT jointly organised the conference "The Environment unites us".

The director of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, Dr Pere Fullana, has participated in the session through the presentation of the ARIADNA Project.

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“The Environment unites us" brought together about 100 environmental union delegates. Credits: Ecoembes.

On October 19, the Ecoembes and UGT joint conference “The Environment unites us" brought together about 100 environmental union delegates from all over Spain, with the aim of promoting selective waste collection and take care of the environment. Dr Pere Fullana, director of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, has participated in the session through the presentation of the ARIADNA Project, which analyses the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of the implementation of a mandatory Deposit and Return System (DRS – in Spanish SDDR) in Spain.

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The Sardinia Symposia on Waste Management hosts the presentation of the ARIADNA Project

The Chair participates in the “Sardinia 2017 - 16th Waste Management and Landfill Symposium”, through the oral presentation of the ARIADNA Project.

Blanca Diaz, PhD Student at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, hold the presentation.

The sixteenth edition of the Sardinia Symposia has been devoted to case studies and new technologies of Waste Management.

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Members of the Chair during the Symposium. From left to right: Dr. Pere Fullana, director of the Chair, Blanca Diaz and Gonzalo Blanca, researchers at the Chair.

On October 2-6, the Sardinia 2017 - 16th Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, organised by the IWWG - International Waste Working Group, was hold in Forte Village Complex at S. Margherita di Pula (Cagliari), Italy. The sixteenth edition of the Symposia brought together more than 600 participants, with 88 oral sessions and 40 specialized workshops for a total of eight parallel tracks, discussion forums and roundtables, a continuously accessible poster area and an extensive exhibition space for companies working in the field of waste management. The UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF Chair participated in the event through the oral presentation of the ARIADNA Project by Blanca Díaz, PhD Student of the Waste Management and Resources Research line at the Chair.

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