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The CENTRE FOR INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY (CIE) at the University of Coimbra is a research group in the multi-disciplinary field of Industrial Ecology. The CIE develops and applies tools to enhance the sustainability of products and systems supported by life-cycle thinking.


The CIE is actively involved in the Energy for Sustainability Initiative at the University of Coimbra and is part of ADAI-LAETA (Associated Laboratory for Energy, Transports and Aeronautics).


The CIE promotes scientific research, development and innovation to support industry, public authorities, organizations, and consumers towards sustainable production and consumption. The CIE takes a holistic and systematic approach to the analysis of sustainable systems by exploring trade-offs and synergies between economy, environment and society.


The CIE has assembled a multidisciplinary team of faculty, researchers, doctoral/Master’s candidates, and visiting scholars. Research is carried out in collaboration with other Portuguese institutions and with international partners mainly in Europe, the United States and Latin America.


The CIE team has experience in both research and technical projects in the field of Industrial Ecology and provides expertise in:

    Life-cycle management

    Life-cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA)

    Environmental life-cycle assessment (LCA), Social LCA, and Life-Cycle Costing (LCC)

    Dynamic LCA, multi-objective optimization, and other extended life-cycle approaches

    Carbon, water, and environmental footprints


    Urban metabolism

    Circular Economy


Our expertise is applied in the following areas:

    Energy | renewables (bio-energy, bio-fuels, solar, and others), natural gas, electricity

    Transportation | sustainable mobility, vehicle components and systems (electric vehicles, trains, fleet analysis, batteries), power trains

    Buildings and Sustainable Architecture | building components, pre-fabricated architecture, sustainable construction and retro-fit, thermal insulation, sustainable urban development

    Agri-food and Forestry | fruits, vegetables, vegetable oils, animal-derived products, sustainable diets, wood-based materials, land-use change

    Waste Management | waste cooking oil, beef tallow, demilitarization, anaerobic digestion, building waste management



The CIE provides the following services:

    LCA studies and critical reviews (ISO 14040/44)

    Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), including DAPHabitat

    Product Carbon Footprint (PAS 2050, GHG Protocol, ISO 14067)

    Assessment of sustainability criteria for bio-fuels

    Sustainability assessment of buildings

    Development of eco-design tools (improvement of resource and energy efficiency, and waste minimization)

    Training and scientific meetings



O CENTRO PARA A ECOLOGIA INDUSTRIAL (CIE) na Universidade de Coimbra é um grupo de investigação na área multidisciplinar da Ecologia Industrial. A investigação do CIE visa promover a sustentabilidade de produtos e sistemas através do desenvolvimento e aplicação de abordagens de ciclo de vida.

O CIE tem um forte envolvimento na Iniciativa Energia para a Sustentabilidade da Universidade de Coimbra e faz parte da ADAI-LAETA (Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Aerodinâmica Industrial – Laboratório Associado em Energia, Transportes e Aerodinâmica).

O CIE reúne uma equipa multidisciplinar de docentes, investigadores, doutorandos, mestrandos e investigadores visitantes. A investigação é realizada em colaboração com outras instituições portuguesas e parceiros internacionais, principalmente na Europa, Estados Unidos e América Latina.

A equipa do CIE tem experiência em projetos técnicos e de investigação na área de Ecologia Industrial, nomeadamente em:

     Gestão do Ciclo de Vida

     Avaliação da Sustentabilidade de Ciclo de Vida

     Avaliação Ambiental de Ciclo de Vida (ACV), Avaliação Social de Ciclo de Vida, Avaliação Económica de Ciclo de Vida

     ACV dinâmica, otimização multiobjectivo, e outras abordagens de ciclo de vida

     Pegada de carbono, pegada da água e pegada ambiental


     Metabolismo urbano

     Economia circular


     Energia | renováveis (bioenergia, biocombustíveis, solar e outras), gás natural, eletricidade

     Transportes | mobilidade sustentável, sistemas de veículos e componentes automóveis (veículos elétricos, transporte ferroviário, análise de frotas, baterias)

     Edifícios e Arquitetura Sustentável | componentes de edifícios, arquitetura pré-fabricada, construção e remodelação sustentável, isolamento térmico, desenvolvimento urbano sustentável

     Agro-indústria e Florestas | frutas, vegetais, óleos vegetais, produtos de origem animal, dietas sustentáveis, produtos de madeira, alteração de uso dos solos

     Gestão de Resíduos | óleos alimentares usados, gordura animal, desmilitarização, digestão anaeróbia, gestão de resíduos de construção e demolição



     Estudos de ACV e revisões críticas (ISO 14040/44)

     Elaboração de Declarações Ambientais de Produto (DAP), incluindo DAPHabitat

     Avaliação da Pegada de Carbono do Produto (PAS 2050, GHG Protocol, ISO 14067)

     Avaliação de critérios de sustentabilidade de biocombustíveis

     Avaliação da sustentabilidade de edifícios

     Desenvolvimento de ferramentas de eco-design

     Formação e organização de encontros científicos





Opening Lecture EfS 2017/2018




Roland Clift

Emeritus Professor, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey, UK

Visiting Professor, Center for Industrial Ecology, University of Coimbra

Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada


September 20 | 14h30


Auditorium of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra





Fausto Freire, Carla Caldeira and Joana Bastos, researchers from CIE-UC. participated in the 2017 Joint Conference ISIE and ISSST - Science in Support of Sustainable and Resilient Communities, held in June 25 - 29, Chicago, IL, USA. The following papers were presented:

-   Bastos, J., Milando, C., Freire, F., Batterman, S. (2017) Exploring intra-urban variability of intake fractions for PM2.5: an application to the life-cycle assessment of road transport in Lisbon, Portugal.

-   Caldeira, C., Olivetti, E., Kirchain, R., Dias, L., Freire, F. (2017) Optimization of feedstock blends to improve biodiesel cost effectiveness and manage environmental impacts.






July 5, 10h-11h30 (PT)



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George E Davis Medal awarded to Prof. Roland Clift


The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has announced that Professor Roland Clift CBE is the recipient of the 12th George E Davis Medal, the highest award conferred by the Institution. The award recognizes his contributions to both theory and practice in engineering of particle-fluid systems and in engineering for sustainability.

The medal presentation will take place on Thursday 6 July 2017 following the 12th George E. Davis Lecture entitled “Seeing the Whole Picture: chemical engineering and the science of sustainability”. The event will be at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.

Professor Roland Clift has been several times at the University of Coimbra, as a visiting professor to the EfS Initiative and the Centre for Industrial Ecology.




On 11 April, Fausto Freire and Érica Castanheira from CIE visited "Soja de Portugal", namely the units of valorization of sub-products from the food industry.


Helena Monteiro, SES doctoral candidate at University of Coimbra, under the MIT Portugal Program, successfully presented her PhD thesis entitled “Comprehensive life cycle assessment of new houses in Portugal: Building design, envelope, and operational conditions” on 3rd May 2017, 14:30, at Sala dos Capelos, University of Coimbra. Congratulations!





The University of Coimbra participated in the I Agrifood Innovation Fair (I9AGRI), held at Castelo Branco from 4 to 6 April 2017. CIE was one of the research groups represented.




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Fausto Freire gave the lectureEcodesign com base na Avaliação (energética e ambiental) de Ciclo de Vida (ACV): Metodologia e Aplicação a Componentes Automóveis" in the conference “A Engenharia ao Serviço da Eficiência Energética” organized by Ordem dos Engenheiros, on March 29, at Marinha Grande.



Carla Rodrigues, SES doctoral candidate at University of Coimbra, under the MIT Portugal Program, successfully presented her PhD thesis entitled “Life-Cycle Environmental and Cost assessment of Building Retrofits: Evaluating Conventional and Streamlined Approaches” on 15th March 2017, 14:30, at the University of Coimbra (Sala dos Capelos). Congratulations!




14 March 2017, 2.30 pm


Jeremy Gregory, from the Materials Systems Laboratory at MIT, will give a talk on Quantitative building and infrastructure sustainability and resilience.

Local: Auditorium of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra (Polo II campus).

Admission is free. No registration is needed.


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Circular Economy and Waste Management

UrbanWINS Project: An innovative and participatory approach

10 March 2017, 2-6 pm, Leiria


CIE, Nova University of Lisbon, CEIFAcoop, and the Municipality of Leiria are organizing, under the UrbanWINS European project, a Seminar entitled "Circular Economy and Waste Management - UrbanWINS Project: An innovative and participatory approach". Admission is free, but registration is required. Please fill in this form and send it to geral[at]ceifacoop.pt by 9 March.


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Thematic Session “Life-cycle assessment (LCA) and management (LCM)”, organized by Fausto Freire, João Malça, Érica Castanheira and Carla Rodrigues, will be held at the 3rd Energy for Sustainability International Conference (EfS2017).






24 January 2017, 2 pm


Elsa Olivetti, from the Materials Science and Engineering Department at MIT, will give a talk on Environmental Assessment of Recycling and Beneficial use of Industrial Waste.

Local: Amphitheater II - Mechanical Engineering Department - University of Coimbra (Polo II campus).

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Carla Caldeira, SES doctoral candidate at University of Coimbra, under the MIT Portugal Program, successfully present her PhD thesis entitled “OPTIMIZATION OF FEEDSTOCK BLENDS TO IMPROVE BIODIESEL COST EFFECTIVENESS AND MANAGE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS” on 23rd January 2017, 14:30, at the University of Coimbra (Sala dos Capelos). Congratulations!



Fausto Freire and Pedro Marques from CIE and PhD visiting student Roberto Sartori (University of São Paulo, CENBIO - National Biomass Reference Center) visited Pinewells, a biomass pellets production plant on 13 January.




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Last updated on June 29 2017.