Research and transfer groups

Circular economy and industrial sustainability

This is a dynamic research group working closely with industries, business associations and public organisations in the Basque Country, Spain and Europe to support their sustainable transition towards the circular economy.

The main goal of the research group is to help companies improving their resource efficiency and economic performance, without compromising the environment and society. We believe that generating a net positive impact is the only way to become truly circular and sustainable. For this reason, we bring multidisciplinary expertise to our research projects by applying system thinking. 

The research group integrates experts from the fields of industrial design and industrial engineering, environmental and social science and business management. Accordingly, we are able to address the whole innovation cycle of industrial projects, from the product and technology ideation and/or conceptualization, to the experimentation and piloting, the validation of results and the final implementation and scaling up, including business development. Always from a circular and a sustainable perspective in order to drive positive change towards more resource efficient, low-carbon and, ultimately, sustainable production and consumption systems.

The vision of the research group is to become one of the most active and relevant excellence groups in the Basque Country and Spain undertaking high-quality and high-impact R&D projects in the fields of circular economy and sustainable development. Accordingly, our research activity is particularly oriented to respond to the challenges defined in the RIS3 Euskadi and the HORIZON Europe agendas.

More specifically, the research group can provide value to industrial projects through the development of the following activities:

  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Costing (LCC) and Social Life Cycle Analysis (S-LCA).
  • Eco-design of cleaner production technologies.
  • Circular product design and servitization.
  • Eco-efficiency and eco-effectivity of production and consumption systems.
  • Development and application of tools and techniques to prolong the lifespan of products and technologies (reuse, repair, refurbish, remanufacturing).
  • Development and application of methodologies and toolboxes to support circular and sustainable business model innovation.
  • Definition and calculation of circularity and sustainability indicators.

HIGHLIGHTED PROJECTS

 NETcircular+ Development of an innovation game-based toolbox to support circular and sustainable business model innovation. Funding body: Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa.

 

 RAMANEX: Development of an excellence guide for remanufacturing companies. Funding Body: IHOBE.

 

 Circu-City: Development of an evaluation model to drive the design of more circular and sustainable cities. Funding body: EIT Raw Materials.
 CircularTRANS Development of a digital platform to guide the transition of industrial companies towards the circular economy. Funding body: Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa.

 

 REMACOMPIND: Techniques for the remanufacturing of industrial components. Funding Body: Ihobe.

 

 Basque Ecodesign Hub: Methodology to facilitate the design for assessmbly and disassembly of industrial projects. Funding Body: ORONA, IHOBE and Basque Government.

 

 

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The effects of corporate social responsibility on customer loyalty : the mediating effect of reputation in cooperative banks versus commercial banks in the Basque Country

ARTICULO  |  Journal of Business Ethics. First Online 17 January,

Year: 2019  |  ISBN/ISSN: 01674544

Author: GOMEZ PESCADOR, IRUNE  

Iniciativas sociales, económicas y ambientales: su impacto en la opinión de la base asociativa de una Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito de Costa Rica = Social, economic and environmental initiatives: Impact on the opinion of the membership base of a credit cooperative in Costa Rica

ARTICULO  |  CIRIEC-España, Revista de Economía Pública, Social y Cooperativa. Nº 86. Pp. 100-122. Abril,

Year: 2016

Author: GOMEZ PESCADOR, IRUNE   ARZADUN, PAULA  

Balore eta konportamendu Kooperatibo konstruktiboen sustapena antolakuntzen emaitzak hobetzeko

COMPETITIVO

Start Date:  2017-09-01  |  End Date:  2018-06-30

Financing: Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa

Participation: HUMANITATE ETA HEZKUNTZA ZIENTZIEN FAKULTATEA, S. COOP. LTDA;MIK, S.COOP.;MONDRAGON GOI ESKOLA POLITEKNIKOA JOSE Mª ARIZMENDIARRIETA, S. COOP.;UNIVERSIDAD DE LA IGLESIA DE DEUSTO;UNIVERSIDAD DE NAVARRA;UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO / EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA

Author: BEITIA AMONDARAIN, AMAIA (INVEST)   ELORZA IÑURRITEGUI, UNAI (INVEST_PRINCIPAL)   GOMEZ PESCADOR, IRUNE (INVEST)   MADINABEITIA OLABARRIA, DAMIAN (INVEST)   Uribetxebarria Andres, Urtzi (INVEST)   ZUBIZARRETA MUGICA, MIREN ITZIAR (INVEST)  

Garapen Batera 2017-2018

CONTRATO

Start Date:  2017-12-05  |  End Date:  2018-06-30

Financing: Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa

Participation: BETERRI BURUNTZAKO UDALAK;BIDASOA ACTIVA;DEBEGESA;OARSOALDEA S.A.;UGGASA;UROLA KOSTAKO UDAL ELKARTEA

Author: GOMEZ PESCADOR, IRUNE (INVEST)   MADINABEITIA OLABARRIA, DAMIAN (INVEST_PRINCIPAL)   SANCHEZ ZEZIAGA, ANE (INVEST)  

Bateratzen hezkuntzan hedatzen

COMPETITIVO

Start Date:  2017-09-01  |  End Date:  2018-06-29

Financing: Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa

Participation: MONDRAGON GOI ESKOLA POLITEKNIKOA JOSE Mª ARIZMENDIARRIETA, S. COOP.

Author: GOMEZ PESCADOR, IRUNE (INVEST)   SANCHEZ ZEZIAGA, ANE (INVEST)   VIVAR SIMON, MARIA (INVEST)   ZUBIZARRETA MUGICA, MIREN ITZIAR (INVEST_PRINCIPAL)  

PARTAIDETZA 4.0

CONTRATO

Start Date:  2017-09-01  |  End Date:  2017-12-11

Financing: Proyectos al exterior

Participation: MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA, S.COOP.

Author: ELORZA IÑURRITEGUI, UNAI (INVEST_PRINCIPAL)   GOMEZ PESCADOR, IRUNE (INVEST)   LIZARRALDE AIASTUI, AITOR (INVEST)   MADINABEITIA OLABARRIA, DAMIAN (INVEST)   SANCHEZ ZEZIAGA, ANE (INVEST)   Uribetxebarria Andres, Urtzi (INVEST)   ZUBIZARRETA MUGICA, MIREN ITZIAR (INVEST)