main objective of the Environmental Research Group is to foster
the development of knowledge in the fields of Environmental
Technology, Environmental Management Systems and Tools, the
optimal use of Ecosystem Services, and contribute to the
sustainable development in a challenging mutating world which
faces and will face overwhelming threats in a near future as a
result of oil exhaustion, increasing pollution and raw materials
depletion, limited access to good quality water and increasing
Under this increasingly challenging and demanding context, the
Environment Research Group strives to create and disseminate new
1 - The development of environmental management systems and
tools, such as the application of Environmental Management
Systems to non industrial sectors, aiming a more efficient,
conscientious and therefore sustainable use of resources and
production system's optimization.
2 - The use of new management tools, such as environmental
auditing, ecological footprint, LCA, etc, to attain production
3 - To model and better understand and use the environmental
services provided by the natural ecosystems.
4 - Better understand the reactions and transport processes of
pollutants occurring in the atmosphere.
5 - To find new solutions for emerging pollution problems, such
as the fly ashes from municipal solid waste incineration.
6 - To find the best mitigation responses to challenges posed by