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The Center for Industrial Ecology (CIE) at the University of Coimbra was established to provide an organizational focus for research and teaching in industrial ecology. CIE brings together faculty, researchers and doctoral/master students from the University of Coimbra and elsewhere to develop new knowledge at the forefront of the field. Research is carried out in collaboration with other institutions and with international partners mainly in Europe, USA and Latin America.

Current research activities include:

  • Life cycle assessment and management;
  • Sustainability assessment of energy systems;
  • Bio-energy (including biofuels for transportation) and bio-products;
  • Buildings and sustainable architecture;
  • Eco-design, extended producer responsibility and product end-of-life issues;
  • Life cycle activity analysis and other extended life cycle approaches.

CIE has strong involvement in the Energy for Sustainability initiative at the University of Coimbra (www.uc.pt/en/efs), and is also part of the research group Energy, Environment and Comfort (at ADAI - Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Aerodinâmica Industrial) of the Associated Laboratory for Energy, Transports and Aeronautics (LAETA).

 


 

O Centro para a Ecologia Industrial (CIE) da Universidade de Coimbra foi criado para estabelecer uma estrutura organizacional para promover a investigação e o ensino em Ecologia Industrial. O Centro para a Ecologia Industrial reúne Professores, Investigadores e Estudantes de Doutoramento/Mestrado da Universidade de Coimbra, para desenvolver novos conhecimentos na vanguarda desta área científica. A investigação é levada a cabo em colaboração com outras instituições e parceiros internacionais, principalmente na Europa, EUA e América Latina.

Investigação actual inclui:

  • Gestão e avaliação de ciclo de vida;
  • Avaliação da sustentabilidade de sistemas de energia;
  • Bioenergia (incluindo biocombustíveis para os transportes) e bio-productos;
  • Edifícios e arquitectura sustentável;
  • Eco-design, responsabilidade alargada do produtor e questões relacionadas com o fim de vida dos produtos;
  • Modelos de optimização económica e ambiental integrada (Life Cycle Activity Analysis) e outras metodologias abrangentes de ciclo de vida.

O CIE tem um forte envolvimento na iniciativa Energia para a Sustentabilidade (http://www.uc.pt/efs) e faz parte do grupo de investigação “Energia, Ambiente e Conforto” (da ADAI – Associação para o desenvolvimento da Aerodinâmica Industrial) do Laboratório Associado em Energia, Transportes e Aeronáutica (LAETA).

News

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2nd DISCUSSION FORUM ON INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY AND LIFE-CYCLE MANAGEMENT

March 5-6 2015

Auditorium of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra (UC), Pólo II

 

*NEW deadline for abstract submission: Dec 30*

 

Keynote Speakers: 

Prof. Roland Clift, Emeritus Professor, University of Surrey, UK

Prof. Paulo Ferrão, University of Lisbon, Portugal

 

Organization: Center for Industrial Ecology, UC

 

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Amir Safaei, SES PhD student at University of Coimbra, under the MIT Portugal Program, successfully discussed his thesis entitled “Life-cycle optimization model for distributed generation in buildings” on November, 10th, at Sala dos Capelos, Universidade de Coimbra.

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29 October | 14h | Auditorium of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra

 

Invited lecture:

Robust decision making in life-cycle assessment of vehicles: the need for uncertainty propagation”, by Maarten Messagie

 

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Carlos Ferreira participated in the NATO AVT-243 Specialists Meeting on "Next Generation Greener Energetics and their Management“, 16-17 October, Brussels, Belgium. He presented the communication: “Evaluation of alternatives substances to those banned by REACH supported with Life-Cycle Assessment”.

 

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Researchers from CIE-UC participated in the expert workshop “LCA Aspects of Electricity Production, Distribution and Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles”, organized by the IEA HEV Task 19 “LCA of EVs“, 15-16 October, Barcelona. Prof. Fausto Freire presented the communication: “LCA of electricity generation, distribution and charging of electric vehicles: Addressing recent changes in the Portuguese electricity technology portfolio and alternative charging systems”.

 

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Rita Garcia presented the communication:

Garcia, R., Gregory, J., Freire, F. (2014). “Dynamic fleet-based LCA of the Portuguese light-duty fleet: the introduction of electric vehicles”, in the LCA XIV Conference, 6-8 October 2014, San Francisco, CA, US.

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EfS Opening lecture:

“Sustainability of Biofuels in Brazil”, by Prof. Suani Coelho (Professor of bioenergy in the University of São Paulo, Brazil), September 17, 15:00, auditorium C21 of the Chemical Engineering Department, University of Coimbra.

 

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Prof. Fausto Freire was invited to give the lecture “Avaliação de Ciclo de Vida: Metodologia e Aplicação em Sistemas Sustentáveis de Energia” at Seminário APEB - “Gestão Eficiente da Energia nas Organizações Industriais”, Auditório da Ordem dos Engenheiros, Lisbon, November 6.

 

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Workshop: “Eco-efficiency in the Portuguese wine and olive oil production sector”, Anfiteatro do Centro Cultural de Mirandela, 9:00 am, July 11. Co-organized by CIE.

 

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Érica Geraldes Castanheira, SES PhD student at University of Coimbra, under the MIT Portugal Program, will discuss her thesis on June, 26th (2:15 pm). The discussion of the thesis “Environmental Sustainability Assessment of Soybean and Palm Biodiesel Systems: A Life-Cycle Approach” will take place at University of Coimbra (Sala dos Capelos).

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Workshop

DISCUSSION FORUM ON INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY AND LIFE-CYCLE MANAGEMENT

April 7- 8 2014

Auditorium of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra (UC), Pólo II

 

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Roland Clift, Emeritus Professor, University of Surrey, UK

Organization: Center for Industrial Ecology, UC

 

[Workshop website]

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Last updated on October 14 2014.