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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).

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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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Rita Garcia is visiting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, from June to end of August 2014, to work with Prof. Jeremy Gregory at the Materials Systems Laboratory. She will be developing research on dynamic fleet-based life-cycle assessment incorporating uncertainty.

 

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Prof. Fausto Freire is participating in the Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology 2014 - Transforming the Industrial Metabolism, June 1-6, Lucca (Barga), Italy.

 

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Carla Caldeira was invited by Prof. Stelios Rozakis for a three months internship at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of the Agricultural University of Athens (Greece). Carla will stay at the University of Athens from April to the end of June to develop research on optimization of biodiesel systems.

 

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The 4th MIT Portugal Program Conference - New Frontiers for a Sustainable Prosperity- will take place in Coimbra, June 27th, 2014. The PhD candidates of MIT Portugal Program from CIE will present their research. The conference is an unique opportunity to gather all the students and Faculty, to discuss projects and to establish future collaborations.

 

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Fausto Freire was invited to give a lecture in the Technical Session: “Life-cycle assessment (LCA): methodology and applications” (Sessão Técnica: Avaliação de Ciclo de Vida (ACV): Metodologia e Aplicações), on May 14, at Auditório da Sede da Região Centro da Ordem dos Engenheiros, Coimbra.

 

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Fausto Freire gave the lecture “Biofuels Sustainability: Recent Approaches” included in the LNEG Cycle of Lectures, on April 28, at Auditorium XXI SOLAR LNEG, Campus Lumiar, Lisbon.

 

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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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Fausto Freire has been invited to be part of Academic Committee of the VI International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in Latin-America – CILCA 2015, to be held in 13-16 July 2015, in Lima, Peru.

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Érica Castanheira visited the Brazilian Reference Center on Biomass (CENBIO) at the University of São Paulo (Brazil) in the scope of the FCT/CAPES Project “Life Cycle Environmental Sustainability Assessment of Bioenergy” and gave a talk  in the Workshop “Recentes pesquisas em Bioenergia e Biocombustíveis – Brasil – Portugal” (14 March 2014): “Avaliação de ciclo de vida de biodiesel produzido em Portugal a partir de óleo de palma e soja importados da América Latina”.

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Fausto Freire was selected as the Portuguese representative of the Executive Committee of the Ibero American Life-Cycle network.

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Last updated on June 11 2014.