The UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF has the function of continuously reviewing and improving the Recyclability Label from a scientific point of view, without stopping the application of the current versions. It shall also act as external reviewer of the certificates issued, in accordance with the procedures for managing the certificate.
The Chair is created by agreement between the Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (ESCI) of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 17 December 2010. In May 2011 Dr. Pere Fullana i Palmer is ratified as its Director.
The Chair has participated in and/or coordinated numerous national and international projects on life cycle analysis (LCA), eco-design, green purchasing and environmental communication (eco-labels) of products, carbon and water footprints, governance in environmental management and integration of social and economic aspects in environmental assessments. The research group from which the Chair originates began its first European project at ESCI-UPF in 2002, while the first life cycle study carried out by Dr. Fullana with application to environmental labels dates from 1995. The Chair has a special interest in the methodology of environmental communication through label and will dedicate its efforts to the continuous development of the Recyclability Label. Apart from a multitude of projects on LCA, carbon footprints or Environmental Product Declarations for individual companies.