LCA,LCC and Non-technological aspects in Sustainable Leather

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Measure and communicate the life cycle environmental performance of the leather products and organisations.
Implement new solutions to reduce the environmental impacts by choosing sustainable materials, chemicals and processes.
Develop important soft skills for the sector.
Understand the importance of Animal welfare and Traceability
To know about carbon and water footprint of leather tanning


  • Basic notions on the leather industry are recommended.


The primary objective of this course is to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of various key concepts and considerations related to leather manufacturing, specifically in the context of sustainability, economics, and non-technological factors.

This entails a comprehensive understanding of the principles and methodology of LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) to assess the environmental impacts of leather production. Additionally, it aims to introduce the concept of LCC (Life Cycle Costing) and its relevance to leather manufacturing. The course will emphasize the importance of ethical considerations, including labor practices and animal welfare, throughout the leather production process. Furthermore, participants will learn about the calculation of carbon and water footprints, helping them grasp the ecological footprint of leather manufacturing.

Overall, the primary objective of the course is to equip participants with the knowledge needed to effectively evaluate, improve, and make informed decisions regarding the environmental, economic, and non-technological aspects of leather manufacturing in a sustainable and responsible manner. This knowledge will empower them to contribute positively to the leather industry by promoting sustainable practices and ethical standards while considering the economic implications.

In conclusion, this course equips participants with knowledge crucial for sustainable leather manufacturing. From LCA and LCC to ethical considerations and environmental footprint calculations, participants will be well-prepared to promote responsible industry practices.

Who this course is for:

  • Professionals, staff and managers in Leather making SMEs and policymakers
  • Environmental technicians interested in leather sector


Projects Virtual Campus
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Dementia is one of the most prevalent and burdensome diseases in older age. By the year 2030, estimates suggest that there will be 74.7 million people with different forms of dementia worldwide. There is no cure for dementia: drugs only address the symptoms of the disease and non-pharmaceutical interventions are continuously tested and updated to improve patients’ quality of life: from interventions to increase of communication skills, agitation and stress reduction, and use of new technology.

The value of disseminating evidence on these interventions is immeasurable, but surprisingly this knowledge is often not available to care staff.

The iDO project aims at diminishing this existing gap by designing and developing an effective training package in close collaboration with people with dementia and their caregivers in hopes that this will promote the acquisition of skills by direct-care workers. This will be achieved by conducting different interviews with caregivers, patients, but also health professionals and then transforming it into an online massive course. The project will also develop and include a serious-game where people will be able to apply their gained knowledge on the different topics related with dementia.

Carlos Vaz de Carvalho
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I'm currently Professor at the Computer Eng. Dep. of the Engineering School of the Porto Polytechnic (ISEP). I'm also Director of Virtual Campus Lda, an SME dedicated to Technology Enhanced Learning and Serious Games.

I have a PhD (2001) in Technologies and Information Systems from the University of Minho, focusing in the use of e-learning in Higher Education.

As professor, I've lectured more than 20 different courses on Algorithms, Programming, Data Structures, E-Learning and Multimedia. Currently I'm lecturing Serious Games Design and Development and Multimedia Application Development. I was responsible for planning and developing the syllabuses and materials for most of these courses.

I started my research career in 1988 at INESC in the Computer Graphics Group. In 1996, I focused in Technology Enhanced Learning while doing my PhD at the University of Minho. From 2005 to 2014, I was Scientific Coordinator of GILT R&D (Games, Interaction and Learning Technologies). I've directed eight PhD and 40 MSc theses and authored over 200 publications and communications, including more than ten books (as author and editor). I coordinated 16 national and European projects and participated in more than 20 other projects. I worked as an expert for the European Commission and associated agencies in the scope of the Socrates-ODL, Minerva, E-Learning, E-Contents Plus, Lifelong Learning and Erasmus+ programmes.

On the management side, I directed the Distance Education Unit of the Porto Polytechnic from 1997 until 2000. From 2001 until 2005 I was E-Learning Director of ISEP and served as Dean of the Computer Eng. Dep. between 2003 and 2005. Between 2011 and 2013 I was President of the Portuguese Chapter of the IEEE Education Society.

Currently, I'm directing a company dedicated to the production of Serious Games and Technology-based Educational contents and applications.

Leather expert
Joaquim Manuel Gaião
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I'm currently working at CTIC - the Portuguese Leather Technological Centre, based at Alcanena, Portugal.

Since 1996 I’m full time Director of the Physical-mechanical Laboratory and full time Responsible for the Acoustics and Noise Department since 2006.

Since September 2009 I have an active participation as a specialist member, on the European Technical Committee for the Standardization CEN/TC 289 - Leather, on Work Groups WG2, WG3 e WG4.

As specialization related to leather and teaching,  I have a Superior Course in Leather Technology of the Escuela Superior de Teneria - Igualada (Barcelona) – Spain and I’m a professional trainer accredited by IEFP – Portuguese Training and Employment Institute.

From 1996 until 2001 I was teacher of Leather Technology on 12º Grade Technical-Professional Course at Alcanena’s Secondary School.

Since then, as a trainer I’ve lectured more than 25 different courses on Leather Technology, Tannery Processes, Standardization and Leather Testing, Production Control, among others. I was responsible for planning and developing the syllabuses and materials for most of these courses.

I participated with technical support and cooperation in several leather sector surveys, as well as with technical support on CTIC participation in several R&D projects funded by the European Union, and CTIC participation in several R&D Portuguese projects.

Currently, among other activities, I'm directing the CTIC’s I&D department.

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Concepción Casas
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Academic Training: Industrial Engineer in Chemistry UPC (1986). Master in Quality Assessment (1991). Master in Leather engineering UPC (2012). Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering UPC (2014). My scientific and technical professional background has developed in different fields following parallel to my career. As a product engineer, responsible on the development and production of PU foams for application in the automotive industry allowed me to deepen the study of the chemistry of polymers, especially polyurethane. As head of R+D+i, control laboratory and quality management in the sector of synthetic fibers, allowed me to acquire significant experience in managing research projects, also in the polymerization processes polyester and transformation in textile fibers.

Since 2009, firstly at AIICA (Research Association of Leather Industries and Annexes) and since 2012 at Chair A3 in Leather Innovation (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), and currently at A3 Leather Innovation Center (Universidad de Lleida) my activities are focused on the field of research, as Researcher and R&D Project Manager at national and European level. I am currently responsible for managing research and development of R&D projects in collaboration with companies at A3 Center of Universidad de Lleida, also conducting technology transfer activities, networking and technology watch. Among other areas I have participated in R&D activities in NMP (Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, materials & new production technologies) and Environmental sustainability as a researcher in the area of new materials in the field of leather and textile and also in for preventive strategies to mitigate Climate Change. My area of current research is new sustainable materials from waste from the forestry, food, tannery and textile industry, improving the sustainability and boosting the circular economy objectives.

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Constantinos Arvanitopoulos
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M Sc Macromolecular Science. Experience in teaching and training projects worldwide, including Greece, U.S.A and Egypt.

Experience in the Leather Sector including collaborations with tanneries and chemical companies throughout the world.

Commercial collaboration with Egyptian Tanning Companies during the last 10 years. Ability to work and communicate in

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Maya Dimitriadou
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Maya Dimitriadou holds a BSc in Biology from Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

Since 2012 she is a member of CRETHIDEV, where she has worked on many ERASMUS+ projects. She mainly organizes and implements the Quality Assurance issues of the different projects.

Before that, she worked at ELKEDE, Technology & Design Centre for 20 years. During this period, she participated in SPRINT projects for Clean Technologies and for Quality Assurance in the Industry as well as in the development of Quality Systems in SMEs. She has been the Quality Manager (1994-2011) of the Accredited Testing Laboratory of ELKEDE for leather, footwear, textiles etc. and she participated in the development and implementation of its Quality System. She, also, coordinated ELKEDE’s participation in the training Project «Quality Assurance in Production” for entrepreneurs from Moldavia, Georgia, Ukraine, Serbia, Albania, and Egypt.

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Anna Bacardit
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Doctor in Chemical Sciences from the University of Barcelona (2005). Chemical Industrial Technical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 1994, in 2003 I obtained the title of Engineering in Industrial Organization from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and a Master's degree in technical management of tanning in 2001.

My teaching-research career is developed in three areas of work: The teaching, preparing students from more than 40 different countries for the chemical industry and tannery. I have published four specialized tannery textbooks. To improve teaching quality today, I have incorporated the Flipped classroom methodology. In September 2012 I obtained the Advanced Research Accreditation. I have been director of the Master's program in Tannery Technical Management from 2005 to 2018, deputy director of the Igualada School of Engineering (UPC) from 2008 to 2010, director of the Igualada School of Engineering (UPC) since 2010 until 2018 and from September 2008 to 2018 I have been coordinator of the Official Master's Degree Program in Leather Engineering. From September 2018 to September 2020 I have been deputy director of the Higher Polytechnic School of the University of Lleida.

The second area, that of research, developing new processes to improve the sustainability of the leather tanning and finishing process.

Since 2012 I am the director of the research group A3 in Leather Innovation Center, a consolidated group recognized by AGAUR (2017SGR 1367) and developer of public technology with Tecnio accreditation; with 9 hiring of research personnel, two scholarship holders and 7 PDI. I have participated as a researcher in 35 national and EU competitive R&D projects, of which 21 as IP. Currently, I am participatingas principal inv estigator in 10 approved projects, 1 in the RIS3CAT call, 1 in the AGAUR Llavor call, 4 at the national level (in the CDTI calls, Collaboration Challenges, and CIEN Strategic Program) and 4 at the international level (in the H2020, Eurostars, Manunet and Innoglobal calls). From this research, 80 articles have been published in indexed journals. I have also co-directed 7 doctoral theses at the UPC, 1 at the University of Camerino (Italy), 1 at the UdL, and currently I am directing three at the UdL. I am also directing an industrial doctoral thesis with a grant of 33,000 from AGAUR. I have three six-year research periods (2002-2007, 2008-2013 and 2014-2020).

The third area of work is technology transfer. My technological offer is specialized in the development of innovation projects and technology transfer by the different companies in the value chain of the leather sector (slaughterhouses, tanneries, manufacturing companies, chemical companies, waste treatment). I have developed an innovative technology to obtain a tannin extract from wine byproducts (grape seeds) that can be applied to leather tanning. The technology is currently patented and is in the licensing phase (WO2017/203429A1).

Professor at Ege University
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Mehmet Mete MUTLU studied Leather Technology at the University of Ege (Turkey) between 1990-1994.  He is currently a full time professor working as researcher and lecturer at the department of Leather Engineering. He had positions as laboratory director, international relations responsible and vice head of department. His research activities/interests are leather quality control, physical testing of leather, leather dyes, spectrophotometry, colourimetry and new and clean technologies in leather processing.

Detek Egitim
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DETEK Deri Teknologlari Teknisyenleri ve Kimyacilari Dernegi has established in 1995 to support technical and academical infrastructure of Turkish Leather Industry, enforce to integrate this worldwide and support to their improvement with its members who are most qualified in technical and academical staff as in technicans and engineers. As a member of IULTICS , DETEK supports ISO,ISO EN standarts on their approvement and update stages and determine Standart Test Methods. Detek is a volunteer based organization, has no paid staff and only accepting technicans, chemists and leather engineers as its members. It has 81 members who are active in the industry and still grooving.

Lukasiewicz Research Network - Lodz Institute of Technology
Joanna Kwiecień-Głuc
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MSc. Joanna Kwiecień | Lukasiewicz Research Network - Lodz Institute of Technology

Scientific and Research Specialist in Center for Footwear Materials, Dyed Products and Food - Podiatry and Ergonomics research group

- almost 5 years of experience in the footwear industry

- specializes in 3D scanners, druku 3D, podiatry research using Pedar and Emed System also manual examinations and additionally marketing

- author of scientific publications in the field of podiatry, children's and adult's foot examinations, ecology and sustainable development

- implements polish and foreign projects related to footwear, leather, people's foot, ecology and sustainable development

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Michele Coluccia
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Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pisa (1987). Specialization diploma (Master’s degree) from the Enrico Mattei Graduate School, Milan (1987-1988).

He attended and passed various courses and seminars at the University of Pisa and other institutions, including courses on spacecraft technology, helicopter technology, foreign trade, and strategic business management.  He received professional assignments from the Department of Energy at the University of Pisa.  He won scholarships for research and improvement activities at the University of Pisa and Aston University - Birmingham (UK).

Professional Experiences: Research activities in the industrial plant sector in collaboration with the Department of Energy at the University of Pisa. Teacher in various professional training courses on topics such as “Mechanical Plants”, “Programming and Production Control” and “Evaluation of Investment Projects”, “Business Economics and Management”, and “Marketing”. Scientific manager, project manager, and administrator of the company C.G.S., s.a.s., a research and consulting company. Previously, contractor at the University “Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies”S.Anna , Pisa. Consultant for an important financial group and - over time - sole administrator or delegate of various group companies, with experiences in various sectors, including engineering, education, scientific research, and business consulting.

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