Sustainability and Environmental Protection (Sostenipra)

The objectives of the Research group Sustainability and Environmental Protection (Sostenipra) are to develop and apply tools for the sustainability and environmental protection. These tools within the Industrial Ecology framework are Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), ecodesign, ecoefficiency, material and energy flow analysis applied to different scales such as a process or a product, regional, national or global. These tools are applied to prioritized sectors, such as services, biomass and agriculture, the chemical industry, waste management, urban systems, forest and natural landscape.
SostniPrA is made up of researchers and professors from (ICTA) Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals the department of Chemical Engineering of the UAB, IRTA Cabrils (Institut de Recerca en Tecnologia Agroalimentària) , and the spin-off company Inedit Innovació. The group also teaches in the masters program of Environmental Studies of the UAB , and the JEMES and the JEMES program, supervising both masters and doctoral thesis.

   
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2016-12-21
19:51
40 p, 1.6 MB Urban rainwater runoff quantity and quality : a potential endogenous resource in cities? / Angrill Toledo, Sara (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Petit, Anna (Petit Boix) (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Morales Pinzón, Tito (Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. Facultad de Ciencias Ambientales) ; Josa Garcia-Tornel, Alejandro (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Civil i Ambiental) ; Rieradevall, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Rainwater harvesting might help to achieve self-sufficiency, but it must comply with health standards. We studied the runoff quantity and quality harvested from seven urban surfaces in a university campus in Barcelona according to their use (pedestrian or motorized mobility) and materials (concrete, asphalt and slabs). [...]
2017 - 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.12.027
Journal of environmental management, Vol. 189 (March 2017) , p. 14-21  
2016-12-21
19:38
40 p, 1.6 MB Building-integrated rooftop greenhouses: An energy and environmental assessment in the mediterranean context / Nadal, Ana (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Llorach-Massana, Pere (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Cuerva, Eva (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria de Projectes i de la Construcció) ; López Capel, Elisa (Newcastle University. School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development) ; Montero Camacho, Juan Ignacio (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries) ; Josa Garcia-Tornel, Alejandro (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Civil i Ambiental) ; Rieradevall, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Royapoor, Mohammad (Newcastle University. Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research)
A sustainable and secure food supply within a low-carbon and resilient infrastructure is encapsulated in several of The United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals. The integration of urban agriculture in buildings can offer improved efficiencies; in recognition of this, the first south European example of a fully integrated rooftop greenhouse (iRTG) was designed and incorporated into the ICTA-ICP building by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. [...]
2017 - 10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.11.051
Applied energy, Vol. 187 (February 2017) , p. 338-351  
2016-02-03
17:59
36.5 KB Integrated structural analysis and life cycle assessment of equivalent trench-pipe systems for sewerage / Petit, Anna (Petit Boix) (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Rieradevall, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Josa Garcia-Tornel, Alejandro (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Terreny, Cartogràfica i Geofísica) ; Roigé, Núria (Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria de la Construcció) ; De la Fuente, Albert (Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria de la Construcció) ; Pujadas, Pablo (Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria de la Construcció)
The demand for sanitation infrastructures is increasing due to a rise in the urban population. To meet the need for wastewater collection, the construction of sewer networks must comply with a series of technical parameters that indicate whether a solution is feasible or not. [...]
2016 - 10.1007/s11269-015-1214-5
Water resources manage, Vol. 30 Issue 3 (February 2016) , p. 1573-1650  
2016-02-02
20:30
35 p, 884.3 KB Contribution of plastic waste recovery to greenhouse gas (GHG) savings in Spain / Sevigné Itoiz, Eva (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Martínez Gasol, Carles (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Rieradevall, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
This paper concentrates on the quantification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of post-consumer plastic waste recovery (material or energy) by considering the influence of the plastic waste quality (high or low), the recycled plastic applications (virgin plastic substitution or non-plastic substitution) and the markets of recovered plastic (regional or global). [...]
2015 - 10.1016/j.wasman.2015.08.007
Waste management, Vol. 46 (Desember 2015) , p. 557-567
3 documents
2016-02-02
20:01
22 p, 8.9 MB Environmental assessment of façade-building systems and thermal insulation materials for different climatic conditions / Sierra-Pérez, Jorge (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Boschmonart-Rives, Jesús (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
In the European Union, the building sector accounts for more than 40% of the total energy consumption and environmental impacts, representing the area with the greatest potential for intervention. In addition to the existing policies that promote energy efficiency in buildings, the embodied energy and the environmental impacts contained in the building materials should be considered. [...]
2016 - 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.11.090
Journal of cleaner production, Vol. 113 (February 2016) , p. 102-113  
2016-02-02
19:37
23 p, 1.1 MB Municipal sewer networks as sources of nitrous oxide, methane and hydrogen sulphide emissions : a review and case studies / Eijo Rio, Elena (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Petit, Anna (Petit Boix) (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Villalba Mendez, Gara (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Suárez-Ojeda, María Eugenia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Rieradevall, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Marín, Desirée (CETaqua) ; Amores, Maria José (CETaqua) ; Aldea, Xavier (CETaqua)
Sewers are known as longitudinal reactors where gases such as methane, nitrous oxide and hydrogen sulphide can be produced. However, gaseous emissions have been mainly assessed in wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). [...]
2015 - 10.1016/j.jece.2015.07.006
Journal of environmental chemical engineering, Vol. 3 Issue 3 (September 2015) , p. 2084-2094
2 documents
2016-01-26
20:03
25 p, 1.3 MB Techniques and crops for efficient rooftop gardens in Bologna, Italy / Sanyé Mengual, Esther (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Oliver i Solà, Jordi (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Rieradevall, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Montero Camacho, Juan Ignacio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Orsini, Francesco (Università degli Studi di Bologna) ; Gianquinto, Giorgio (Università degli Studi di Bologna)
Urban rooftop farming favours local food production. Although rooftop farming is perceived as 33 a sustainable system, there is a lack of quantitative studies on rooftop farming. There we set up 34 experiments in the community rooftop garden of a public housing building in Bologna, Italy, 35 between 2012 and 2014. [...]
2015 - 10.1007/s13593-015-0331-0
Agronomy for sustainable development, Vol. 35, issue 4, (October 2015) , p. 1477-1488  
2016-01-26
19:38
23 p, 1.3 MB Environmental metabolism of educational services : case study of nursery schools in the city of Barcelona / Sanjuan Delmás, David (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Petit, Anna (Petit Boix) (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Martínez Blanco, Julia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Rieradevall, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
The environmental analysis of public nursery schools is of great interest since they are crucial in the early education of children and are expected to show high environmental standards. This paper aims to analyse the environmental profile (energy, water and transport flows) of this sector. [...]
2015 - 10.1007/s12053-015-9403-X
Energy efficiency, October 2015, p. 1-12  
2016-01-25
20:24
44 p, 1.9 MB Environmental and geometric optimisation of cylindrical drinking water storage tanks / Sanjuan Delmás, David (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Rieradevall, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Hernando-Canovas, Elena (Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria de la Construcció) ; Pujadas, Pablo (Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria de la Construcció) ; De la Fuente, Albert (Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria de la Construcció) ; Josa Garcia-Tornel, Alejandro (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria, Terreny, Cartogràfica i Geofísica)
Purpose: Urban water cycle construction processes are an important element to consider when assessing the sustainability of urban areas. The present study focuses on a structural and environmental analysis of cylindrical water tanks. [...]
2015 - 10.1007/s11367-015-0963-y
The International journal of life cycle assessment, Vol. 20, issue 12 (Desember 2015) , p. 1612-1624  
2016-01-20
17:36
29 p, 669.2 KB Environmental consequences of recycling aluminum old scrap in a global market / Sevigné Itoiz, Eva (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Martínez Gasol,Carles (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Rieradevall,Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
For decades, aluminium recycling was a regional concern traditionally concentrated in the regions with high aluminium demand and a well-organized aluminium recycling industry. Today, however, aluminium scrap is a global raw material commodity. [...]
2014 - 10.1016/j.resconrec.2014.05.002
Resources, conservation and recycling, Vol. 89 (August 2014) , p. 94-103