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By on June 17, 2017
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Name of university
ESCI-UPF

Department
UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change

Contacts
Address
Passeig Pujades, 1
E-08003
Barcelona

Phone
(+34) 93 295 47 10

Official Focal Point
Jaume Albertí
jaume.alberti@esci.upf.edu

Alternate Focal Point
Pilar del Río
pilar.delrio@esci.upf.edu

Authority approving the partnership
Nacho Dualde, Managing Director ESCI-UPF
nacho.dualde@esci.upf.edu

Contact
jaume.alberti@esci.upf.edu

Website
http://unescochair.esci.es/

Description
The UNESCO Chair has participated and / or coordinated numerous national and international projects on life cycle analysis (LCA), ecodesign, green procurement and environmental communication (ecolabels) of products, carbon and water footprints, governance in environmental management and integration of social and economic aspects into environmental impact assessments. These projects, funded by both public and private entities, provide compatible solutions that are meeting the demands of the market, social expectations and respect towards the environment, integrating the three areas of sustainability.

The goal of the UNESCO Chair is to promote research, education, the establishment of cooperative networks and the generation of documentation aimed at sustainable development of products and processes worldwide. This allows a remarkable improvement of the life cycle methodology applied to climate change and its prevention, adding value to the state of the art. Furthermore, UNESCO Chair promotes activities in an international framework facilitating partnerships among worldwide well-known researchers and lecturers of Universities and other institutions from Europe, Latin America, Caribbean and Africa, and other regions of the world.

Suggested Collaboration Opportunities
Consortium / Partnership to test and disseminate the application or City LCAs and the CPI.

Within the Construction and Energy Research Line, research on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) applied to construction products, components, systems and even buildings has been carried out. The further step needed is to analyse the applicability of current LCA methods, not only to a group of buildings but also to the more complex system which is a City. Cities include more facilities and conceptual differences, which should be tackled from a new perspective. This is, taking into account all the methods, criteria and concepts used in the lower levels of study but considering that cities are not just an addition of construction products and buildings. Instead, cities may be a more complex concept which could require a more holistic approach. We are considering to achieve this holistic approach through the utilization of the City Prosperity Index developed by the UNHabitat.

Areas of Expertise related to UN-Habitat
  • Water
  • Information and Monitoring
  • Evaluation
  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Economy
  • Climate Change

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