The IDIBAPS is committed to promoting more sustainable practices to reduce the considerable impact that research activity has on the environment. This is why the Sustainability Committee was established in mid-2022.   

The committee´s work has included the creation of a manual of good practices, which includes actions that can be applied both in the workplace, in the labs and in the offices, to reduce the environmental impact of our work and personal activity. You can read the manual by clicking here. It is a living document, which will be regularly updated. 

In addition to preparing the manual, the IDIBAPS has carried out other actions towards a more sustainable research institute. Some examples include:  

  • The installation of recyclable containers for type III (biological) waste in the CEK building to reduce the use of single-use plastic containers.  

  • The use of washable blue lab coats in the cell culture rooms to avoid single-use ones.  

  • The collection of aluminium coffee capsules and delivery to green recycling points.  

  • The gathering of plastic caps for sustainability and solidarity campaigns.  

  • The collection and cleaning of expanded polystyrene boxes and icepacks, which are received daily, to deliver them to a distribution company for reuse.  

  • The use of timers on laboratory equipment to avoid that they are being left on all night unnecessarily (microscopes, water baths, centrifuges, etc.).  

  • A campaign to increase the temperature of the ultra-cold temperature freezers, from -75-80ºC to -70ºC.  

  • The use of recycled paper and doubled-sided printing in black and white by default on institutional printers.  

  • The collection of organic waste in the CEK canteen.  

  • The use of water glass bottles, instead of plastic ones, during catering at all events hosted at the IDIBAPS.  


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