The environmental sector is guided mainly by the need that society has for guaranteeing the resources and minimising the effects which human activity has on the environment. This circumstance together with the demand of social wellbeing involves the adoption of more restrictive legal and economic measures which translate into the need of generating technological advances.
The activities of the area include the value chain of environmental technology, in other words: engineering, consultancy, the tools and the services.
The main current environmental threats are, among others: the emission of greenhouse gases, the hydric stress and the quality of water, the treatment and management of wastes, the degradation and contamination of the soil, the quality of the air and the use of natural resources in general.
The activities of this area are focused on industrial and nuclear residues, contaminated soil, the quality of water and the improvement of industrial procedures thanks to applied research and technological innovation. The works carried out in this area help in the execution of R+D/IT projects and provide support services such as studies specialised on industrial waste and contaminated soil and also services of chemical analysis. The customers of this area are basically companies, agencies, public administrations and institutions, not only private but also state-owned.
AET counts with a state-of-the-art scientific and technological equipment distributed among the laboratories in Manresa and Flix: experimentation and environmental analysis, microbiologic analysis and membrane technology; besides those locations where there are pilot plants. It also counts with tools of high technological level such as a modern analytical unit, software and hardware that make it possible to offer services related to the chemical analysis, the characterisation of wastes and soils and the analysis of environmental threat.
In addition, AET belongs to the network NICOLE which studies contaminated soils. The area also collaborates regularly with the research groups from the Department of Chemical Engineering from the UPC and from the Instituto Jaume Almera de Ciencias de la Tierra from the CSIC.