Beneficiary University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE)
Founded in 1176, UNIMORE is the third oldest University in the world, and has been ranked among the first Italian universities for quality of teaching and research since 2007.It counts about 20000 students, 3500 postgraduates, 900 faculty members, 13 PhD schools. It has over 300 international exchange and cooperation programs. A dedicated office, the Research International Office, promotes the European research among the University departments and manages proposals and funded projects. UNIMORE will be involved in the RISE project through the Department of Sciences and Methods for Engineering (DISMI). It conducts research, training and technology transfer in engineering and basic disciplines that support them. The activity of the department consists of methodological and applied researches, and education in various areas of engineering and basic sciences. One of the main research areas of the DISMI is the investigation of the environmental, economic and social life cycle assessment of products, processes and services through the well-known LCA, LCC and S-LCA methodologies. The sustainability impact assessment of the preservation and restoration of cultural heritage are research topics of the researchers’ group (LCA Working Group) involved in the project. LCA Working Group is able to identify the solutions bringing the best advantages in terms of improved sustainability and discard those, which would not improve over the current state-of-the-art or which would not be economically viable.
Role and Profile of key people
Anna Maria Ferrari PhD is Associated Professor in Chemistry and Life Cycle Assessment at the Department of Sciences and Methods for Engineering, her research activity is focused on LCA and LCC methodologies. She has published more than 110 papers in peer reviewed journals and acted in the coordination /management of 11 R&D projects (H-index 28 (Scopus)). Member of the Italian LCA network, UNEP/SETAC task force on health effects of fine particulate matter, Italian Chemical Society – Environmental Chemistry and Cultural Heritage Division, Italian Institute of Science and Technology of Materials.
Roberto Rosa PhD is Researcher in Chemistry. His research activity concerns the quantitative evaluation, through the use of dedicated software, of "green metrics" parameters as well as the application of the LCA methodology. He is author of over 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international scientific journals (H-index 14, source SCOPUS).
Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment
LCA Working Group, a research group of the Department of Sciences and Methods for Engineering (DISMI), focuses its attention on the use of Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) methodology as a tool to assess the potential environmental impacts of products, processes and services in order to contribute to strengthening the relationship between business and the environment and to create new synergies between industrial competitiveness and environmental protection (http://www.lcaworkinggroup.unimore.it/site/home.html). LCA Working Group also integrates environmental management systems and analytical tools (Life Cycle Assessment), directional accounting tools (Life Cycle Costing) and social management tools (Social Life Cycle Assessment - S-LCA). The research supports companies in eco-innovation processes of products, processes and services, as well as in environmental certification paths (EPD, PEF, Carbon and Water footprint). At the DISMI, headquarters of the project, will be used the following facilities: LCA/LCC software SimaPro 8.5.2; evaluation methods: IMPACT 2002+, ReCiPe, UseTox, EcoIndicator99, EPS2015, CML, EDIP2003, EPD2013. Social Hotspot Database. International database: EcoInvent 3.4, Agri-footprint, IPCC, ETH, ELCD, Industry IDEMAT, LCA Food, Input/Output USA, Input/Output CH, database LCA_UNIMORE. The research group has the support of the technical and administrative staff of the university and the DiSTA
Independent research premises
The activities are performed in the research offices of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) and are available to the researchers of the University. The activities of the computer labs equipped with LCA, LCC and S-LCA softwares are guaranteed by the technical staff of UNIMORE. Prof. Anna Maria Ferrari is the coordinator of LCA Working Group, dedicated to studies and research in Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment .
Previous Involvement in Research and innovation actions
LIFE ECLAT (LIFE15 ENV/IT/000369) “New model of circular economy that also predisposes the use of waste materials in other industries” 2016-2019. H2020 - DREAM “Driving up Reliability and Efficiency of Additive Manufacturing” 2016-2019. LIFE14 ENV/IT/000226 - LIFE Physical No Chemical "Stop the effects of the use of chemical metals pickling, substituted with an advanced physical eco-friendly method" 2015-2017 COST Action TU1303 (EU): Novel Structural Skins - Improving sustainability and efficiency through new structural textile materials and designs” 2013-2017 LIFE12 ENV/IT/001058 WEEENMODELS - Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment - New model for Logistic Solutions” 2013-2016. Industria 2015 Call Made in Italy supported by MAP "LU.CE. Project – Light for ceramic materials" 2012-2014. Bilateral Project Italy – Turkey 2012-2014 supported by MAE “Smart surfaces for traditional ceramic tiles” (Anadolu University) 2012-2014. LIFE10/ENV/IT/419 LIFE WASTE3 - Extreme energy free valorisation of copper metallurgical waste in heating elements and semiconductive nanoceramic enamels. 2011-2014
Current involvement in Research and Innovation actions
LIFE Force of the Future (LIFE16 ENV/IT/000307) "New circular business concepts for the predictive and dynamic environmental and social design of the economic activities" 2017-2020. Development and promotion of the Levulinic acid and Carboxylate platforms by the formulation of novel and advanced PHA-based biomaterials and their exploitation for 3D printed green-electronics applications (acronym: VISION) Projects of national interest (Progetti di Ricerca di Interesse Nazionale - PRIN). 2019-2022 Use of Plastic Recycling Materials for Mortars and Lightweight Structural Concrete. Emilia-Romagna Regional Operational Programme. 2019-2021