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The Chair in the “Commission for the Study of Climate Change” at the Congress of Deputies

El director de la Cátedra UNESCO de Ciclo de Vida y Cambio Climático ESCI-UPF, Pere Fullana, ha intervenido este martes en la Comisión, en relación a la importancia de la variable ambiental en el sistema legislativo.

Pere Fullana ha destacado la importancia del análisis de ciclo de vida como método de evaluación medioambiental frente a los miembros de la cámara.

Pere Fullana (centro de la imagen) durante su intervención en la sesión.

Pere Fullana (centro de la imagen) durante su intervención en la sesión.

Con el objetivo de introducir la ciencia ambiental en el ámbito de la política, el director de la Cátedra UNESCO de Ciclo de Vida y Cambio Climático ESCI-UPF, Pere Fullana, intervino el pasado martes 13 de febrero en la Comisión para el Estudio del Cambio Climático del Congreso de los Diputados, en Madrid. Durante su ponencia, informó a los asistentes sobre cómo orientar la legislación vinculada al cambio climático y remarcó la importancia de tener en cuenta la variable ambiental en la actividad legislativa, a partir del Análisis de Ciclo de Vida (ACV) como método de evaluación medioambiental de los productos y servicios.

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science at the Chair

Didem Civancik-Uslu, PhD student, and Nur Khalil, technician at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, send a message to those girls with a scientific vocation to encourage them to get on with science.

¿What do you want to be when you grow up? Children between six and seven years old are projected equally as future scientists and technologists. However, a study published in the journal Science in 2017 shows that, after the age of 8, many girls abandon their scientific dream, claiming it is a career for smart people and they do not look capable. These findings suggest that gendered notions of brilliance are acquired early and have an immediate effect on children’s interest.

Image Credits: Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT).

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To those girls with a scientific vocation: “Believe in yourselves, you can do it,” says Didem Civancik-Uslu

Didem is doing her PhD Thesis at the New Materials Research Line of the Chair.

Didem is doing her PhD Thesis at the New Materials Research Line of the Chair.

Gender inequality already exists in our lives, it is a very complex issue to change but, slowly, little changes are being done. This reflection have never discouraged Didem Civancik-Uslu, PhD student at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, who decided to study Environmental Engineering at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. Since the first moment that she decided to study an engineering and enter in one of the best universities in Turkey, she suggests herself to never give up and try to achieve her goals.

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“Rather than looking out for answers in others, I wanted to find them myself, that was what drove me to science,” says Nur Khalil

Nur Khalil, technician at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF.

Nur Khalil, technician at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF.

When we are children we ask ourselves thousands of questions about who we are and what the world around us consist of. This spontaneous curiosity is what motivated the technician at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, Nur Khalil, to be interested in the environment and all the problems derived from the bad practices of our society. The environment specialist has never given up, she has tried to find the answers to all her doubts without contemplating the option of abandoning the challenge. Therefore, she encourages her female colleagues and those girls with a scientific vocation to feed our dreams: “Let’s solve all the riddles that worry us, we are capable of doing what what we set out to do.”

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How sustainable is Google?

Gal·la Millán and Marta Camins, students of the Sustainability Management course taught by the members of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, imerse us in the sustainable initiatives of the Internet giant. This subject is part of the curriculum of the degree in business and international marketing at ESCI-UPF, given in the third or fourth year.

Gal·la Millán and Marta Camins, authors of the article.

Gal·la Millán and Marta Camins, authors of the article.

There are many companies that in the recent years have incorporated strategies to become sustainable, fundamentally through the conversion of their processes towards renewable energy. This same objective is what motivates the Internet giant Google, to begin a process to operate 100% with renewable energy and become “the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world,” in 2017. Nowadays, their commitments reach 2.6000 megawatts of eolic and solar energy, and Google’s data centers use half the energy of industry typical facilities. In the United States, all data centers have received voluntary certifications of management systems ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, becoming the first large technology company to receive this type of external certification.

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