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Martí Rufí-Salís

Martí Rufí-Salís
2.-0 LCA Consultants

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
PhD in Environmental Science and Technology, MSc in Interdisplinary Studies, BSc in Environmental Sciences. Environmental LCA Specialist at 2.-0 LCA Consultants. Research interests: Life Cycle Assessment, Circular Economy and Environmental Sustainability.
Additional affiliations
July 2022 - September 2022
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Position
  • LCA Specialist
December 2020 - August 2022
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Working in Horizon 2020 project by the European Union: Food-E (foode.eu) and ClearFarm (clearfarm.eu)
February 2020 - June 2020
University of Freiburg
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • Visiting PhD Student in the Chair of Societal Transition and Circular Economy under the supervision of Junior Professor Sina Leipold
Education
October 2017 - December 2020
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Field of study
  • Environmental Science and Technology
September 2016 - July 2017
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Field of study
  • Interdisciplinary Studies in Sustainability - Urban and Industrial Ecology
September 2012 - June 2016
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Field of study
  • Environmental Sciences

Publications

Publications (22)
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In light of global population growth and the increasing food demand in cities, new food production strategies have been developed to promote a more resource-efficient urban agriculture. Greenhouses with hydroponic systems have been proposed as sustainable systems for growing food in urban areas with a better control of plant growth. However, nutrie...
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Phosphorus (P) resources are decreasing at an alarming rate due to global fertilizer use and insufficient nutrient recovery strategies. Currently, more circular approaches are promoted, such as recovering P from wastewater in the form of struvite. This is especially attractive for urban areas, where there is a growing trend of local crop production...
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Local food production through urban agriculture (UA) is promoted as a means to make cities more sustainable. However, UA does not come free of environmental impacts. In this sense, optimizing urban resources through circular economy principles offers the opportunity to close loops and improve production systems, but an assessment of these systems t...
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Food supply to ever-growing urban areas follows a linear tendency: cities consume a vast amount of imported food while generating waste and environmental impacts in different fronts. Urban agriculture (UA) has stood out as a practice to mitigate the volume of the imported flow, generating benefits in all three dimensions of sustainability and an ex...
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A paradigm shift is needed in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) to progress from traditional pollutant removal to resource recovery. However, whether this transformation produces overall environmental benefits will depend on the efficient and sustainable use of resources by emerging technologies. Given that many of these technologies are still be...
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Global change is shaping social-ecological systems, threatening both natural and socio-economic ecosystems as a whole. Landscapes with combined nature-human interactions are particularly vulnerable to changing climatic conditions. Therefore, there is a need to find viable and practical solutions for the preservation and recovery of the affected sys...
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The City Region Food Systems approach has been proposed to achieve food system resilience and nutrition security while promoting the urgent ecological transition within urban and peri-urban areas, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the great diversity of the initiatives composing City Region Food Systems in Europe poses barriers to th...
Research
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The following document contains a collection of seven factsheets. Those factsheets provide an overview on EU and national regulatory framework conditions and policies, which are relevant for the development of sustainable CRFS. They present current constraints and challenges of CRFS in the respective policy field as well as examples, possible sol...
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Hydroponic systems are an attractive form of urban agriculture due to their low weight load, inert substrate conditions, and overall better control of plant nutrition and growth. However, gaining urban food sovereignty cannot be at the cost of increasing environmental impacts, such as eutrophication and nonrenewable resource depletion, associated w...
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Geographically explicit datasets reflecting local management of crops are needed to help improve direct nitrous oxide (N2O) emission inventories. Yet, the lack of geographically explicit datasets of relevant factors influencing the emissions make it difficult to estimate them in such way. Particularly, for local peri-urban agriculture, spatially ex...
Technical Report
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Urban agriculture comes with its own share of environmental impacts. Circular strategies like rainwater harvesting promise to reduce these impacts, but we find that not all strategies are resource efficient and environmentally effective. The most eco-friendly and circular strategies for urban agriculture, based on our case of a Mediterranean tomato...
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Urban agriculture (UA) is a means for cities to become more resilient in terms of food sovereignty while shortening the distance between production and consumption. However, intensive soilless UA still depends on the use of fertilizers, which relies on depleting non-renewable resources such as phosphorous (P) and causes both local and global impact...
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The rise of population in urban areas makes it ever more important to promote urban agriculture (UA) that is efficient in terms of water and nutrients. How to meet the irrigation demand of UA is of particular concern in urban areas where water sources are often limited. With the aim of determining how to reduce water use for irrigation while mainta...
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Soilless crop production is a viable way to promote vertical agriculture in urban areas, but it relies extensively on the use of mineral fertilizer. Thus, the benefits of fresher, local food and avoiding the transportation and packaging associated with food import could be counteracted by an increase in nutrient-rich wastewater, which could contrib...
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Urban agriculture, while being a promising solution to increase food sovereignty in cities, can lead to an unprecedented discharge of nutrient and fertilizer-related emissions into the urban environment. Especially relevant are nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), due to their contribution to marine and freshwater eutrophication. Therefore, alternative...
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Urban agriculture systems can significantly contribute towards mitigating the impacts of inefficient and complex food supply chains and increase urban food sovereignty. Moreover, improving these urban agriculture systems in terms of nutrient management can lead to a better environmental performance. Based on a rooftop greenhouse in the Barcelona re...
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Urban agriculture systems, such as rooftop greenhouses, are attractive alternatives for mitigating the impacts of the extensive food supply chains that currently feed cities. In this study, we study the opportunity that nutrient recirculation offers to improve the environmental performance of agricultural systems. In particular, we analyze the envi...
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Purpose Rooftop greenhouses (RTGs) are agricultural systems that can improve the food supply chain by producing vegetables in unused urban spaces. However, to date, environmental assessments of RTGs have only focused on specific crops, without considering the impacts resulting from seasonality, combinations of crops and nonoperational time. We ana...
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Intelligent irrigation is one sustainable solution to reduce demands on water resources and adverse environmental impacts from irrigation. Specific case studies have quantified water savings with intelligent irrigation, however, water savings have not yet been quantified for urban agriculture or compared across climates. Before urban agriculture im...
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The 20th century has been characterized by an exponential population growth, with a high density in coastal zones. The aim of this work is to study the impact of land use changes on the hydrological cycle, and possible consequences in marine environment. The study has focused on the relationship between coastal urbanisation and submarine groundwate...
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Urban planning has been focusing its attention on urban rooftop agriculture as an innovative way to produce local and reliable food in unused spaces in cities. However, there is a lack of quantitative data on soilless urban home gardens and their contribution to self-sufficiency. The aim of the present study is to provide quantitative agronomic and...

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Projects (4)
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The main objective of SAVING-E project is to evaluate whether is possible or not the conversion of current urban WWTPs from being net-energy consumers into self-sufficient or even net-energy producers, by using all the organic matter for biogas production thanks to the implementation of a two-stage autotrophic BNR (nitritation + Anammox) in the mainstream. This new process has not been applied or tested before neither at pilot scale nor at full scale. SAVING-E will demonstrate the feasibility, applicability, replicability and transferability of the SAVING-E technology. This process will truly offer environmental, economic and social advantages compared to the current technologies applied in urban WWTPs.
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Environmental benefits of integrated rooftop greenhouses in buildings.