"Life Zero Cabin Waste - Sustainable Management of Airline Catering Waste"

Media Mentions, FuturENVIRO - March 2018 

catering IBERIA Zero Cabin Waste

Iberia's catering. Credits: Iberia.

The magazine FuturENVIRO has published an extensive report by Gonzalo Blanca-Alcubilla about the Life Zero Cabin Waste Project, co-funded by the European Union through the LIFE Programme, and which involves the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF research line “Waste Management”, headed by Dr Alba Bala. This project seeks to create an integrated model to reduce, reuse and recycle waste collected on Iberia airplanes and lay the foundations to enable other airlines to replicate this model.

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Using life cycle assessment to analyse landfills’ waste

Francesco Mettifogo, Environmental Engineering visiting student at the UNESCO Chair ESCI-UPF, has presented his Master’s thesis on the impacts of emissions from landfills.

The results of his thesis show that climate change is the most significant impact in all analysed scenarios, and the use of gas emissions to produce electricity can decrease this worldwide problem.

A landfill, the central issue of the study. Source: Pexels.

A landfill, the central issue of the study. Source: Pixabay.

The master’s student in the Environmental Engineering programme at the University of Padova (Italy), Francesco Mettifogo, has presented his Master’s thesis entitled “Development of a Life Cycle Inventory model to evaluate the environmental load of different landfill configurations in Spain,” performed at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF during a four months' stay in Barcelona with supervisor Dr. Alba Bala. The goal of the Master's thesis is to create a landfill model in order to be flexible and applicable to different scenario, based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology. His project has obtained the highest qualification by the thesis committee.

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PhD Candidate at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF

The UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF is seeking a PhD candidate to work in the area of environmental sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

PhD Candidate at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF

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How to calculate the amount of water needed to make a pair of jeans?

The MANGO Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility and the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change at ESCI-UPF, analyse the water impact of a pair of jeans, from the cotton production to the transportation to the warehouse of an organisation.

In order to know the distribution of the use of water and reduce it, the researchers have developed a calculation tool for any organisation to obtain the results of the water footprint in a manufacture of a denim, applicable to other similar fabrics.

denim water footprint

Coinciding with the World Water Day, celebrated on March 22 every year at the initiative of the United Nations, the MANGO Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change at ESCI-UPF, publish the report “Calculation of the Water Footprint of a Product.” This study aims to determine the use of water (water footprint) in the manufacture of a pair of jeans for an organisation, “from the cotton production, denim fabric production, its manufacture and finishes in different areas, to the subsequent transportation to the warehouse of an organisation,” explains Xavier Carbonell, director of the MANGO Chair in CSR and responsible for the study. Based on this analysis, and with the objective to impinge favourably on the reduction of the impact on the use of water, the researchers have developed a calculation tool in Excel for any organisation to obtain the result of a product's water footprint.

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“The implementation of the DRS system would be economically unfavourable,” says Rosa Colomé

The ARIADNA Project analyses the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of the implementation of a mandatory DRS in Spain and Catalonia.

Rosa Colomé, director of the Careers Advisory Service at ESCI-UPF and researcher at RISE, is responsible for the coordination of the economic analysis.

Rosa Colomé,  director of the Careers Advisory Service at ESCI-UPF and responsible for the coordination of the economic analysis of the ARIADNA study.

Rosa Colomé, director of the Careers Advisory Service at ESCI-UPF and responsible for the coordination of the economic analysis of the ARIADNA study.

Researchers at the Research in International Studies and Economics (RISE) research group ESCI-UPF have participated in the ARIADNA study, devoted to analyse the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of the implementation of a mandatory Deposit and Return System (DRS – in Spanish SDDR) in Spain and Catalonia. “This is the most comprehensive sustainability study on DRS carried out to date in Europe, with respect to the three areas of analysis, economic, social and environmental, and from the aspect of materials and products,” explains Rosa Colomé, director of the Careers Advisory Service at ESCI-UPF and responsible for the coordination of the economic analysis of the study. Joan Ribas and Mercè Roca i Puigvert, academic coordinator at ESCI-UPF and members of RISE, have also taken part in the economic study.

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