As Pere Fullana explained, one of the first things we can do to fight climate change is take consciousness about the problem, try to rethink everything we have learned and change our daily habits. Changing the way we live and consume can impact the way products and services are produced. The Director of the ESCI-UPF UNESCO Chair said that nowadays we have enough knowledge and information to start mitigating climate change, but what we need to do is to transform this knowledge into activism. In Pere Fullana’s own words, “it is never too late to act”.
Later on, Pere Fullana explained that Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) takes into account all life cycle stages and all its different impacts that a product or service has during all its life, from its production to its waste management. On the other hand, he spoke about the circular economy model. This model tries to rethink the products and services in a way that they can keep within the economy: the main objective is trying not to need matter and energy from the outside economic circle. Furthermore, Fullana said that as far as the classic 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) continue to be valid, the R from “reject” and “rethink” are even decisive in waste management.
At the end of the interview, the Director of the ESCI-UPF UNESCO Chair pointed out the importance of facing one of the biggest crises of our times: not the pandemic but the climate emergency. In his opinion, sooner than later people are going to lead this “green revolution” by changing their habits.
Cristina Campos, the researcher at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change of ESCI-UPF, is in Dubai from the 30th of November to the 6th of December as a COP28 observer. In this article, she discusses the highlights of the first week of the Conference.
The researcher at the ESCI-UPF’s UNESCO Chair and professor Ilija Sazdovski sums up the visit the students of the Master of Science in Sustainability Management did at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center to understand how climate modelling and predictions are made. This master’s degree is jointly offered by ESCI-UPF and UPF-BSM.
Sahar Azarkamand, investigadora de la Beca ARECO de la Cátedra UNESCO de Ciclo de Vida y Cambio Climático ESCI-UPF, escribe en el blog de ARECO sobre la necesidad de gestionar los recursos de manera sostenible y cómo podría ayudar a ello el uso de envases reutilizables de transporte (ERTs).