Dr. Pere Fullana i Palmer, responsable de la línia de Nous materials:

“Investiguem a partir de la nostra experiència en avaluació ambiental, econòmica i social de nous materials i tecnologies desenvolupats pels fabricants i els oferim alternatives basades en el desenvolupament sostenible, l’ecodisseny i l’economia circular. D’aquesta manera, podem guiar i informar fabricants, empreses i decisors polítics sobre els impactes ambientals d’aquests nous productes i d’aquestes noves tecnologies”.

COL·LABORACIÓ I XARXES

La Càtedra col·labora amb LEPAMAP (Laboratori d’Enginyeria Paperera i Materials Polímers) de la Universitat de Girona, amb qui comparteix diversos projectes sobre nanotecnologia en la indústria paperera.

A més de les col·laboracions amb universitats, la Càtedra també té col·laboradors dins de la indústria: GCR Group (Tarragona, Espanya) i la Càtedra col·laboren en l’avaluació de plàstics granulats amb càrregues minerals (actualment en la seva aplicació a envasos d’aliments).

Últims Articles

This study presents a method based on life cycle assessment to reduce and simplify the decision-making process and to identify the best available techniques of a product. This procedure facilitates the selection of a technical alternative from an environmental point of view and the reduction of emission levels and the consumption of energy and primary resources. This method comprises the following four steps: (i) the identification of the current techniques of a specific product, (ii) the application of a life cycle assessment to determine the hot spots, (iii) the proposal of the best available techniques and (iv) the development of a best available techniques reference document (step not implemented in our case study). The Cantabrian anchovy canning industry is selected as a case study due to the importance of this sector from economic, social and touristic points of view. An entire life cycle assessment of one can of anchovies in extra virgin olive oil is conducted. The results indicated that the hot spots of the life cycle were the production of aluminium cans (for packaging) and extra virgin olive oil and the management of the packaging waste. According to these results, the study proposes several improvements, such as packaging recycling and several best available techniques for the canned anchovy product.

Últims Projectes

One of the main drivers for companies to perform environmental improvements is economic benefit, either by obtaining a more valuable product or gaining new customers. Circular economy combines environmental improvements with these drivers to achieve higher and quicker benefits. This paper is a case study on packaging eco-design aligned with circular economy strategy along the production chain. Life cycle assessment (LCA) was used to identify the product life cycle stages where the application of eco-design strategies would be more efficient (in this case, raw materials production from virgin petrochemicals). To improve the environmental profile of this packaging, virgin petrochemicals were partially replaced by mineral fillers (calcium carbonate based) or/and post-consumer recycled plastics. Different technically compliant cosmetic tubes were produced by collaboration between a company producing the plastic granulates with mineral fillers and a company producing the cosmetic tubes and cradle-to-gate LCA were performed. The replacement of virgin petrochemicals by mineral fillers helped to reduce the environmental impacts by an average of 12% and the use of post-consumer recycled plastic further decreased emissions up to 29% for 6 out of the 9 evaluated impact categories. The option with better environmental performance was also the one with lower economic costs.

According to the involved companies, LCA combined with ecodesign helped to achieve efficient environmental and economic savings. The findings are important for the plastic packaging sector because they tackle with prime concerns, like plastic debris, climate change and resource depletion. They are of main interest for industrial activities where brand positioning is a priority (i.e. cosmetics).

El objetivo del proyecto es evaluar los impactos ambientales de los compuestos plásticos con aditivos minerales a través del uso de metodología ACV mejorada. La aplicación de los compuestos a diferentes aplicaciones de envasado de alimentos se analiza a lo largo del ciclo de vida de las mismas.

El objetivo del proyecto es fomentar la ecoinnovación y la mejora medioambiental de la fabricación de productos de arcilla para la construcción, al mismo tiempo que aumenta la competitividad de este sector en España. El resultado principal del proyecto incluye el desarrollo de una herramienta para ayudar a los productores españoles de materiales a base de arcilla para la construcción a obtener Declaraciones Ambientales de Producto (DAP) de manera rentable.

El objetivo general del proyecto es desarrollar una herramienta simplificada que permita a los fabricantes de productos cerámicos estructurales obtener Declaraciones Ambientales de Producto (DAP) de una manera más rápida y competitiva. El objetivo es promover la ecoinnovación y la mejora medioambiental en la fabricación de los productos cerámicos y aumentar la competitividad del sector español de cerámica estructural.

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