The Chair participates in the SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting in Rome

From May 13 to 17, the capital of Italy hosts more than 2,000 scientists from around 60 countries to discuss cutting-edge research in environmental toxicology and chemistry.

Alba Bala, senior researcher and head of the Waste Management Research Line at the Chair, is attending this five-day event to hold a Poster Corner discussion on Wednesday 16 May.

The overarching theme of this meeting is “Responsible and Innovative Research for Environmental Quality”.

Ivan Muñoz and Alba Bala at the SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting in Rome.

Ivan Muñoz and Alba Bala at the SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting in Rome.

The UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF is participating in the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe 28th Annual Meeting in Rome, Italy, from 13 to 17 May, to discuss the latest worldwide research in environmental sciences. The meeting has attracted between 2,000 and 2,500 scientists, assessors, regulators, and managers from academia, business and government, representing an average of 60 countries, under the main theme of “Responsible and Innovative Research for Environmental Quality”. Among them, Alba Bala, senior researcher and head of the Waste Management Research Line at the Chair, is participating in the parallel session: “Life cycle assessment and foot-printing,” by presenting the ARIADNA Project on the implementation of a mandatory Deposit-Refund System (DRS) in Spain, and exhibiting the CERES-ProCon* Project about the carbon footprint of an average Spanish diet, led by Laura Batlle, researcher at the Chair and leader of the Agrifood Research Line.

Ivan Muñoz, researcher at the International Life Cycle Academy (ILCA) and 2.-0 LCA consultants, Denmark, also participates in the event with the oral presentation: “Social footprint of a packaging waste deposit-refund system in Spain.”

LCA Scientific Posters

The scientific programme of the event consists of 7 tracks for parallel sessions and 1 track for special sessions. The Chair is taking part in the parallel session 5 devoted to: “Life cycle assessment and foot-printing.” Today, Wednesday 16 May, from 5.45 to 6.15 p.m, Alba Bala will be holding a Poster Corner discussion on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), by presenting the Poster “ARIADNA Project. Analysing the sustainability of implementing a mandatory Deposit-Refund System in Spain,” and responding to the experts’ questions from academia, business and government. It will be part of the session 5.06: “LCA and beyond – Integrating sustainability and/or other dimensions to improve decision support (PC),” co-chaired by Serenella Sala, Roland Hischier, and Yan Dong.

“The ARIADNA Project analyses the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of the implementation of a mandatory DRS in Spain and Catalonia. The study compares the current system of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for managing the waste with a hypothetical situation of both systems (ERP and DRS),” explains Bala. “The introduction of a DRS in Spain, under the studied conditions, is not advisable, because It implies higher environmental impact in most of the impact categories analysed, and greater economic and social costs compared with current packaging waste management system,” she concludes.

The ARIANDA’s social analysis will be presented by Ivan Muñoz, researcher from the ILCA and 2.-0 LCA consultants, on Thursday 17 at 9.35 am (Session Room C). Within the session 5.02: “Challenges, methodological developments and practical solutions for Social Life Cycle Assessment in industry and policy,” co-chaired by Andreas Ciroth (GreenDelta, Germany), and Andrea Porcari (Airi – Italian Association for Industrial Research, Italy), Muñoz will hold the oral presentation “Social footprint of a packaging waste deposit-refund system in Spain.

The session 5.09: “Product benefits and positive outcomes: Valuation and beyond (P),” co-chaired by Enrico Benetto, Till Bachmann, and Katerina Styliano, will also host the Wednesday 16 Poster Presentations, including the Chair’s CERES-ProCon Project Poster: “Developing a National Food Inventory to estimate the Carbon Footprint of the diet of an average Spanish. Future requirements and policy recommendations,” by Laura Batlle, researcher and responsible for the Agrifood Research Line at the Chair.

CERES-ProCon Project is aimed at “developing a Life-Cycle Inventory (LCI) database for food production and consumption in the Spanish context, and ultimately assessing the carbon footprint of current Spanish dietary patterns,” explains Batlle. “This allows us to get a clearer picture on LCI data gaps, and set future requirements and recommendations for further research,” she adds. One of the main conclusions of this work is that primary production phases (cropping, farming, and fishing) contribute to 74% of the carbon footprint. The study also points out that 65% of the Greenhouse gas emissions of current Spanish dietary pattern result from animal-based products. “We suggest the inclusion of environmental data in food policy tools, for example, adding the carbon footprint of food products and dietary patterns within the National Dietary Guidelines,” concludes Batlle.

About SETAC Europe

SETAC Europe is Europe's only dedicated congress integrating environmental toxicology and chemistry. According to organisers, SETAC 2018 Annual Meeting in Rome is the place where scientists coming from various disciplines in academia, business/industry and government can find new opportunities to present, debate and disseminate the most recent scientific knowledge, developments and applications for reducing and regulating the use of chemicals, remediating soil, air and water and proposing more sustainable chemicals for responsible and innovative research.


View the SETAC Rome complete programme


* The CERES-ProCon Project: "Food production and consumption strategies for climate change mitigation" (CTM2016-76176-C2-1-R) (AEI/FEDER, UE) has received funding from the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, through the Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) and Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER).




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