La sostenibilidad debe formar parte de la estrategia de las empresas. Tener conocimientos sobre la operativa y cómo aplicar criterios de sostenibilidad será imprescindible para cumplir las nuevas regulaciones europeas.
In the frame of the EUCLIDES Network, consisting of 4 European Universities: the University of Girona, the University of Antwerp, KU Leuven, and Hochschule Merseburg, an annual training programme called International Weeks is organized on different topics. This year the title of the programme is Circularity of Polymers, the host is the University of Girona, and they offered unique training opportunities for 21 graduate and post-graduate students from the Network.
The training provided an inside into the complexity of plastics usage from different aspects, while at the same time enabling them to find new approaches and come to solutions for plastics pollution so urgently needed in Europe.
UNESCO Chair, represented by Prof. Pere Fullana and doctoral candidate Ilija Sazdovski, presented the sustainability aspects and environmental impacts of plastics usage and recycling in different systems. Prof. Fullana presented the tools for assessing the sustainability of plastics with a focus on Life Cycle and Social Assessment. Ilija Sazdovski focused the lecture on the difference between bio-based and fossil-based polymers and changes in their qualitative properties in multiple recycling cycles.
Researchers of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF have written a paper for Elsevier’s Science of The Total Environment journal about life cycle assessment on calcium zincate production methods for rechargeable batteries.
The researcher at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change, Ilija Sazdovski, writes about the last paper developed by the Chair. The article shows that including the variable of time in the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology is of the utmost importance for improving the accuracy of the traditional LCA model.