TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION is a private, independent and non-profit research organisation. Legally a Foundation, TECNALIA is the leading private and independent research and technology organisation in Spain and amongst the largest in Europe, employing near 1,400 people (214 PhDs) with an income of more than 100 Million € in 2016. TECNALIA is an equal opportunity employer, as shown in its current ratio of female/male employees (44/56).
TECNALIA is committed to generating major impacts in economic terms by means of innovation and technological development, addressed by 6 business divisions, covering the economic sectors of Energy and Environment, Industry and Transport, Sustainable Construction, Health, ICT and Technological Services. TECNALIA has been granted over 396 patents and promoted more than 30 spin-off companies.
TECNALIA is a key agent in the ERA – European Research Area. TECNALIA actively participates in the governing bodies of several European Technology Platforms, PPPs and JTIs (EEB, FOF, SPIRE, ARTEMIS, etc.). TECNALIA participated in 377 FP7 EU funded projects (coordinating 85 of them) and it is currently participating in 142 H2020 projects (coordinating 29 of them). TECNALIA is a member of EARTO and EUROTECH, linking together the most important research organisations in Europe.
TECNALIA’s Energy and Development Division transforms energy and environmental challenges into opportunities for economic development. We focus our RTD activities on the development of technologies, products and services for a wiser use of energy and environmental resources, aiming at the enablement of a cleaner energy sector, climate resilient cities and societies, as well as more sustainable production and consumption systems.
The Circular Economy Team at the Energy and Environment Division addresses the main challenges faced by the industry and society as a result of multiple environmental pressures linked to current human activities. Our mission is to contribute to the design of more sustainable futures through the enablement of a circular economy. In particular, we focus our activities in contributing to the development of innovative metrics and product design tools as support elements towards a transition to a circular economy. Our main research focus deals with the monitoring and assessment of existing methods, the development of new indicators, and the implementation of state-of-the-art metrics for a comprehensive characterization of environmental burdens on various sectors.
We have extensive experience in the application of LCA-based tools such as C-LCA, LCC, SLCA, LCSA, carbon, environmental and water footprints. Most of these assessments have been implemented in collaboration with industrial partners for the development of new products within real industrial contexts. Additionally, we have also developed integrated sustainability assessment indicators at different territorial levels, including cities and regions, most of which have been developed together with other EU RTD partners in the framework of joint research initiatives funded under a number of EU programmes, including FP 6 and 7, H2020, ESPON and INTERREG.
We have a direct involvement in most European networks working on industrial sustainability, representing Tecnalia at the KIC Raw Materials and PPP SPIRE platforms.