LCA4Climate research’s boost from the UNESCO

  • 22/01/2019
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El acuerdo entre la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO) y la Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), en relación a la Cátedra UNESCO de Ciclo de Vida y Cambio Climático ESCI-UPF, se ha renovado por otros 4 años, hasta enero de 2023.

The renewal has been awarded “in light of the good results achieved by the Chair, confirmed by the positive report on the evaluation of its activities.” The Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems at UNESCO, that coordinates the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme has congratulated the Chair on its work and invited the research group to continue contributing to the UN global priorities by addressing climate change issues within the framework of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves, in close cooperation with UNESCO.

“This recognition reflects the commitment of the Chair towards developing applied research, training programmes, and dissemination at national and international level,” highlights director at the Chair Pere Fullana i Palmer. “It will also contribute to joining efforts with the UNESCO to achieve the Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030,” he adds.

The UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change was established in 2010 at ESCI-UPF, by agreement between the UPF and the UNESCO. It was built on top of the already running Research Group on Environmental Management (GiGa), as a centre of excellence in life cycle assessment and its applications to climate change mitigation, being the first of the UNESCO Chairs worldwide related both to life cycle perspective, and climate change.

According to the objectives of the agreement with UNESCO, the Chair aims at promoting scientific research, cooperation, education and communication on sustainable development of products and services at national and international level for the benefit of the environment and society. Thus, it facilitates partnerships between internationally renowned Researchers and Academicians of universities and other institutions in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa, among others, such as the Middle East and Asia.

The Chair is, together with the Mango Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility and the Research in International Studies and Economics (RISE) group at ESCI-UPF, part of a research division dealing with the three dimensions of sustainability: environmental, social and economic.


Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, which involves over 700 institutions in 116 countries, promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. The programme supports the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in key priority areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence, such as education, the natural and social sciences, culture and communication.

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