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GaBi Software Training at ESCI-UPF with thinkstep

Registrations are open for the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Software training, to take place on 22 and 23 October, and 12 and 13 November 2018 in Barcelona.

This LCA training is organised by the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF and thinkstep.

LCA professionals will work along with thinkstep consultants to learn the capabilities, functionalities, and shortcuts of using the software and related databases.

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The GaBi Software Training will take place on 22 and 23 October, and 12 and 13 November 2018, and will offer a unique opportunity for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) professionals to affect business results by helping to save money, reduce risk, communicate product benefits and increase revenue. This training is jointly organised by the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF and thinkstep, and involves 4 one-day modules focused on Sustainability and LCA, and GaBi knowledge, that can be taken separately. Each module is limited to 12 participants and will be held at ESCI-UPF facilities in Barcelona. Registration is now open via thinkstep website.

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Scientists shed light on how the sustainability of cities can be measured

Researchers at the Chair propose the inclusion of social and economic aspects in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of cities.

Published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, this study goes beyond the state of the art by connecting the three dimensions of sustainable development.

Understanding the performance of city LCAs with sustainability perspective paves the way to the standardisation of Environmental City Declarations.

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Graphical Abstract for Scientific Publication.

Cities are widely recognised by multilateral bodies and the scientific community as relevant actors in the generation of impacts and as an opportunity for reducing environmental burdens worldwide. At the same time, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has been demonstrated to be a good tool for the diagnosis of potential environmental impacts. However, there have not been any developments in the LCA methodology yet to adapt it to contribute to assess and improve the environmental sustainability of cities and help city-level decision makers to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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The Chair lends support to the global research agenda on cities and climate change

The UNESCO Chair ESCI-UPF endorses the CitiesIPCC Joint Statement “The science we need for the cities we want: working together to implement the global research agenda on cities and climate change.”

From March 5-7, 2018, several leading urban and scientific global organisations presented this statement at the CitiesIPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, gathered in Edmonton, Canada.

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Jakarta, Indonesia, featured image of the conference promotion campaign. Source: CitiesIPCC.

In order to pursue a significant improvement in methodologies supporting life cycle applications to climate change mitigation in cities, the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF has endorsed the CitiesIPCC Joint Statement aimed at stimulating research on cities and climate change, and encouraging science-based action. “The science we need for the cities we want: working together to implement the global research agenda on cities and climate change,” is the claim of this statement on the occasion of the 2018 CitiesIPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, held in Edmonton, Canada, March 5-7. As highlighted by the science, policy and practitioner participants at the event, “the need for structured engagement between city stakeholders and the scientific community is long overdue, and urban climate science is needed to provide the rigorous evidence-base for urban policy-making.”

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Leading a change towards a sustainable economic and energy model at ESCI-UPF

ESCI-UPF strengthens its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions beyond required by legislation through the Catalan Government’s Voluntary Agreement Programme.

The school and its UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change are one of the 154 institutions recognised as an adhered organisation for leadership on climate change action.

Voluntary Agreement Programme

Voluntary Agreement Programme for the reduction of GHG emissions.

The Catalan Office for Climate Change has published the 2017 annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory of ESCI-UPF and the measures proposed and implemented in 2018 to reduce its emissions beyond required by legislation, within the framework of the Voluntary Agreement Programme for the reduction of GHG emissions signed by the institution in 2012. The signing of this agreement was done in the Catalan Government facilities and involved Nacho Dualde, managing director at ESCI-UPF, and Pere Fullana i Palmer, director at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change. This tool creates the technical and institutional framework to assist the 154 organisations, groups and entities recognised for leadership on climate change action, including ESCI-UPF. By the agreement, “we commit to monitor our GHG emissions annually and establish measures to reduce them,” stresses Fullana i Palmer.

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The Chair participates in the presentation of the study "Citizens and the circular economy"

The director of the UNESCO Chair ESCI-UPF participates in the debate about the role of citizens in the challenges of the circular economy held during the presentation.

The study carried out by the Creafutur Foundation involves the participation of ESCI-UPF, among the 14 public and private entities responsible for the work.

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Panel discussion “How to involve citizens in the challenges posed by the circular economy?”.

The director of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, Pere Fullana i Palmer, has participated in the panel discussion “How to involve citizens in the challenges posed by the circular economy?”, during the presentation of the study “Citizens and the circular economy”. This study, carried out by theCreafutur Foundation,, promoted by the Generalitat de Catalunya and ESADE, involves 14 public and private entities, including the Mango Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) ESCI-UPF. The work analyses the behaviours, attitudes and perceptions of citizens regarding sustainability and the adoption of circular economy practices such as reuse or recycling. In addition, it identifies good practices at local and international level to accelerate the transition to the circular economy.

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