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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2017-09-04
17:11
11 p, 1.4 MB Flower and fruit development in Arabidopsis thaliana / Robles, Pedro (Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche. Instituto de Bioingeniería) ; Pelaz Herrero, Soraya (Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats)
The study of flower development has experienced great advances over the last 15 years. The most important landmark was the proposal of the ABC model in which three different functions of overlapping activities account for the development of the four rings of organs of the eudicot flower. [...]
2005 - 101387/ijdb.052020pr
The International journal of developmental biology, Vol. 49, no. 5-6 (2005) , p. 633-643  
2017-07-27
13:39
40 p, 1.6 MB Floods and consequential life cycle assessment : integrating flood damage into the environmental assessment of stormwater Best Management Practices / Petit, Anna (Petit Boix) (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Sevigné Itoiz, Eva (Imperial College London. Centre for Environmental Policy) ; Rojas Gutierrez, Lorena A. (Universidade Federal de São Carlos. Escola de Engenharia) ; Barbassa, Ademir P. (Universidade Federal de São Carlos. Departamento de Engenharia Civil) ; Josa Garcia-Tornel, Alejandro (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Civil i Ambiental) ; Rieradevall, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
Stormwater management is essential to reducing the occurrence of flooding events in urban areas and to adapting to climate change. The construction of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) entails a series of life cycle environmental impacts but also implies avoided burdens, such as replacing urban infrastructure after flooding. [...]
2017 - 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.06.047
Journal of cleaner production, Vol. 162 (Sep. 2017) , p. 601-608  
2017-05-29
13:37
Analysis of the technical, environmental and economic potential of phase change materials (PCM) for root zone heating in Mediterranean greenhouses / Llorach-Massana, Pere (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Peña, Javier (Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny i Enginyeria de Barcelona) ; Rieradevall, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Montero Camacho, Juan Ignacio (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries)
Root zone heating systems offer increasing crops quality and productivity. However, these systems are based on the use of nonrenewable fuels. This paper reports on a study of different design solutions for a root zone heating system, based on thermal energy storage with PCM. [...]
2017 - 10.1016/j.renene.2016.11.040
Renewable Energy, Vol. 103 (April 2017) , p. 570-581  
2017-05-24
17:00
40 p, 1.6 MB Building-integrated agriculture: a first assessment of aerobiological air quality in rooftop greenhouses (i-RTGs) / Ercilla-Montserrat, Mireia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Izquierdo Miguel, Rebeca (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Belmonte, Jordina (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Biologia Animal, de Biologia Vegetal i d'Ecologia) ; Montero Camacho, Juan Ignacio (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries) ; Muñoz Odina, Pere (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries) ; Linares Fernández de, Concepción (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Biologia Animal, de Biologia Vegetal i d'Ecologia) ; Rieradevall, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Building-integrated rooftop greenhouse (i-RTG) agriculture has intensified in recent years, due to the growing interest in the development of new agricultural spaces and in the promotion of food self-sufficiency in urban areas. [...]
2017 - 10.106/j.scitotenv.2017.04.099
Science of the total environment, Vol. 598 (November 2017) , p. 109-120  
2017-05-22
18:15
N2O emissions from protected soilless crops for more precise food and urban agriculture life cycle assessments / Llorach-Massana, Pere (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Muñoz Odina, Pere (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries) ; Riera Riera, M. Rosa (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Rieradevall, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Montero Camacho,Juan Ignacio (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA)) ; Villalba Méndez, Gara (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
Due to population growth and the subsequent increase in the demand for food, low carbon food chain production systems are a necessity to reduce the effects on climate change as much as possible. Urban agriculture is of great interest because of its potential in reducing the indirect CO2 emissions of a city's food supply by reducing transportation distances, the packaging required and the food losses that occur during transportation. [...]
2017 - 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.02.191
Journal of cleaner production, Vol. 149 (April 2017) , p. 1118-1126  
2017-01-20
16:48
Environmental performance of rainwater harvesting strategies in Mediterranean buildings / Angrill Toledo, Sara (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Segura-Castillo, Luis (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Civil i Ambiental) ; Petit, Anna (Petit Boix) (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Rieradevall, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Josa Garcia-Tornel, Alejandro (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Civil i Ambiental)
Purpose: The rapid urbanization and the constant expansion of urban areas during the last decades have locally led to increasing water shortage. Rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems have the potential to be an important contributor to urban water self-sufficiency. [...]
2017 - 10.1007/s11367-016-1174-x
The international journal of life cycle assessment, Vol. 22, Issue 3 (March 2017) , p.398-409  
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. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
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. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; 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  
2016-12-02
17:46
Introducing eco-ideation and creativity techniques to increase and diversify the applications of eco-materials: the case of cork in the building sector / Sierra-Pérez, Jorge (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; López-Forniés, Ignacio (Universidad de Zaragoza. Departamento de Ingeniería de Diseño y Fabricación) ; Boschmonart-Rives, Jesús (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
Cork is an eco-material that has recently been attracting growing interest due to the expanding strategy of sustainable product design, which aims to replace non-renewable materials in the building market. [...]
2016 - 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.07.121
Journal of cleaner production, Vol. 137 (Nov. 2016) , p. 606-616  
2016-02-03
17:59
27 p, 1.4 MB 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. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Rieradevall, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; 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 management, Vol. 30 Issue 3 (February 2016) , p. 1117-1130