The team formed by the UPV/EHU, the Repsol Foundation and BC3 guarantees the optimum balance between scientific research, knowledge-sharing, and societal application through climate policies.
UPV-EHU is a multisector, multidisciplinary research institution that provides educational services through teaching, research, scientific and technological development and university outreach. It’s goal is to stimulate critical thinking and to spread information in order to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and social development through research and sharing the results with society.
UPV-EHU with its Euskampus project, was rated as a campus of excellence in the 2010 campus of excellence competition, and in the 2009 competition was rated excellent in I+D+I and knowledge transfer in the environmental quality and natural resources category. This program promotes adding so that by sharing a common campus, they can develop a shared strategic project to create an academic, scientific, entrepreneurial and innovative environment, aimed at achieving high visibility in order to strengthen the University-Society-Territory relationship.
This environment is the framework for the partnership agreement and specifically the environmental economy unit of the UPV/EHU’s public economics institute, which is one of the priority areas of the Euskampus project “Sustainable Ecosystems and Environmental Technologies” whose mission is to strengthen scientific and technical capacities by integrating environmental, economic and social goals as related to renewable energy, territorial cohesion and sustainable resource management.
The BC3 is a Basque Excellence Research Centre (BERC) established in 2008 under the impulse of the Basque Government and the University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea to contribute to knowledge about the causes and impacts of climate change and encourage progress in high-level research on the subject.
This center was created, on the one hand, from the Basque government’s strong commitment to promoting research and science as well as due to the Basque system’s attraction of prestigious international researchers.
This commitment is reflected in the Science, Technology and Innovation (PCTI) 2010 which assures a commitment to situate the Basque Country as a benchmark in innovation and science in Europe. The center was created as a reflection of the importance that both the Basque Environmental Strategy for Sustainable Development 2002-2020 (and its last update, the Environmental Framework Programme 2011-2014), and the Basque Plan to Combat Climate Change 2008-2012 attribute to the generation of knowledge as a strategy to promote both improving quality of life and preserving the environment and its resources; or rather, Sustainable Development.
Led by one of the most recognized scientists in the field—professor Anil Markandya—the BC3 aims to contribute from the Basque Country in order to face this great challenge; to join forces with other world centers to collaborate towards this ambitious goal. The center was therefore created with the job of becoming an international reference point for research, recognized for its contribution to scientific knowledge and its capacity to attract first-rate researchers to the Basque research and science system.
BC3’s research project centers on four major research areas: studying ways to adapt to the impact of climate change, policy knowledge about how to mitigate global warming gas emissions, understanding the international dimension of climate policy, and supporting research that complements and informs climate policy.
Repsol Foundation’s purpose is to “be REPSOL group’s expression of corporate commitment to social responsibility, and specifically its commitment to the the sustainable improvement of the societies where REPSOL has industrial and business operations”. With this aim, the Foundation pursues common-interest social, cultural and environmental goals, as well as scientific/educational goals and the promotion of research, through action plans or programs.
The Repsol Foundation understands that programs in the public economics institute of the UPV/EHU, the Euskampus Project and the BC3 are in line with its goals and objectives.
The Repsol Foundation carries out projects and studies in the energy and environmental fields that aim to improve the sustainability of energy sources, sustainable resource management, and to reduce environmental impact.
In this sense, the Foundation promotes energy efficiency improvements by pushing for a better understanding of the current situation and analyzing a possible path for improvement through technical actions. Therefore, the Foundation is both present at and follows the development of both national and international discussion forums, and promotes forums and conferences on the aforementioned topics related to energy production and use.
The Repsol Foundation wants to contribute to the debate in Spain about climate change, its implications on energy supply, and the economic and social costs of policies adopted to mitigate its effects.
To do this, it is essential to conduct independent scientific and economic studies on the impact of possible policies to be implemented and to make them known to the public. With this goal, the Foundation forms a part of leading international scietific and research institutions, such as the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) whose Joint Program on Science and Policy of Global Change is considered to be the most complete on climate change.
Aims to place the Basque Country in a position of global leadership as regards education, research activities and its capacity for innovation and knowledge transfer. Promoting and carrying out research of excellence as an instrument to improve the Basque System of Science, Technology and Innovation, becoming a driving force for social well-being.
At the same time, the CEI Euskampus is a project committed to its surroundings, seeking to link the UPV/EHU to companies, to the different social agents and the cities of the Basque Country, thus carrying out a prominent role in the process of social and economic transformation and regional development.
To promote and carry out research of excellence as an instrument to improve the Basque System of Science, Technology and Innovation, becoming a driving force for social well-being.
Structure of the Programme
This committee evaluates the research conducted within the department framework and advises on the research agenda proposed by the Steering Committee. It is chaired by Professor A. Markandya, BC3’s scientific director, and brings together prestigious researchers from the international scientific community.
This committee comprises representatives of the founding members and is chaired by the Programme Coordinator (Dr. A. Ansuategi). It is responsible for drafting the research agenda and other activities, as well as implementing these activities in close collaboration with the Scientific Committee.
- Prof. Anil Markandya (BC3) – Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board
- Dr. Alberto Ansuategi (UPV/EHU) – Programme Director
- Dr. Jose Manuel Chamorro (UPV/EHU)
- Dr. Marta Escapa (UPV/EHU)
- Prof. M. C. Gallastegui (UPV/EHU)
- Dr. Luis Maria Abadie (BC3)
- Dr. Ibon Galarraga (BC3)
- Dr. Mikel González (BC3)
- Dr. Mette Termansen (NERI, Denmark)
- Dr. Juan Delgado (BC3)