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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.

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"It is important to focus on the environment, there are so many things to do right now," says Elodie Lemaire

 Elodie Lemaire, PhD Candidate at the UNESCO Chair ESCI-UPF.

Elodie Lemaire, PhD Candidate at the UNESCO Chair ESCI-UPF.

“Open-minded and sociable person, easily adaptable to new environments,” this is how the new PhD student at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, Elodie Lemaire, presents herself. She holds a B.Sc. in Marketing, and a Master in Environmental Sciences and Management from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Focused on environmental issues, Elodie has now joined the Laura Batlle’s Agrifood Research Line at the Chair to apply the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology to analyse the environmental impacts of food throughout the supply chain in order to define and implement sustainable and healthy diets for society. Elodie is a PhD Candidate at the Chair, associated with the CERES-ProCon Project led by Batlle.

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Environmental research details the consequences of virgin olive oils packaging

The work is the first to report on the contribution of the 3 main types of primary packaging (glass, tin and PET) within the whole virgin olive oils life cycle.

The study also shows the environmental consequences of the Spanish regulation for public establishments, found to mean a 74% increase in greenhouse gases emissions.

LCA and ecodesign are presented as important tools to be promoted and applied in policy making to reduce non-desirable consequences of regulation.

Non-refillable olive oil bottle. Copyright: iStock.

Non-refillable olive oil bottle. Copyright: iStock.

A study headed by researchers at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF and the Igualada School of Engineering (EEI) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), shows that the contribution of Virgin Olive Oils (VOOs) usual packaging to the whole life cycle of the product varies from 2 to 196% of the environmental impact of the product, depending on the impact category considered and type of packaging: glass, tin or polyethylene terephthalate (PET). “Glass, which is related to higher quality perception by consumers, has been found to be the most influencing material due to its weight; however, this impact may be fairly reduced by applying ecodesign strategies, such as weight reduction and recycled-glass percentage increase,” explains Rita Puig, Research Professor at UPC and head of the study. The potential of life cycle perspective for environmental management and for the stage prior to regulations approval is also presented in this work.

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"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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