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Business support

The services offered by the Environment and Forest Resources Department of the IER are:

Parallel to the research developed, the Environment and Forest Resources Department offers advisory services and analysis in the forestry, agricultural and environmental sectors. We offer comprehensive services to companies, organizations and individuals. These services can be carried out with companies and individuals, within the framework of a CONTRACT FOR THE PROVISION OF SERVICES WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF CASTILLA-LA MANCHA (UCLM), under art. 83 of the L.O. 6/2011 of Universities and to art. 170 of the Statutes of the UCLM.

Among these Services, we offer:

  1. Management of forest ecosystems and silvicultural treatments, including forestry inventory activities, management planning, and silviculture, as well as the ecological, economic and social repercussions of such forestry activities. In parallel, we offer advice on forest certification procedures of Sustainable Forest Management
  2. Prospective studies and agronomic trials of different energy crops developed in Castilla-La Mancha, as well as advice on experimental design and cultural care. In addition, the study of the necessary operations (collection, transport, storage, etc.) is carried out to obtain the residual biomass in suitable conditions for use in biomass plants.
  3. Evaluation of CO2 fluxes, of great importance before the new law of geological storage of CO2 (Law 40/2010, of December 29, of geological storage of carbon dioxide). In addition, the methodology developed by our Section allows the quantification of the sink effect or source of the main Mediterranean ecosystems, allowing to accurately evaluate this concept for national accounting purposes and, where appropriate, for payment for environmental services that probably will not take long to be implemented.
  4. Development of carbon absorption projects based on Real Decreto 163/2014 of 14 March, which creates the carbon footprint registry, compensation and CO2 absorption projects.
  5. Measurement of methane (CH4) fluxes using "Eddy Covariance" techniques. Our group is able to offer services for the quantification of methane emissions (CH4) that certain agricultural activities can perform (livestock companies, landfills, lagoon areas, peat bogs, etc ...).
  6. Development and application of Environmental Impact Studies, as well as Environmental Surveillance Programs for projects and activities submitted to the Impact Evaluation procedure. In this sense, the Section has the accreditation number AECE-0120 as Authorized Entity by the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment of the Board of Communities of Castilla-La Mancha, for the Monitoring and External Control of Critical Points of Projects and Activities, which authorizes us to conduct studies of flora, fauna, water, soils and geomorphology.
  7. Estimation and treatment of agricultural residues and by-products, through the development and application of methodologies that allow the evaluation of residual biomass from crops, livestock housing, forest stands and agro-food industries as raw material for energy production.
  8. Studies of load capacity and management of natural spaces, through the development of environmental indicators applicable to studies of quantity and frequency of attendance in natural spaces; identification of impacts and global assessment for recreational use, to propose new management models for public use.
  9. Development and application of Environmental Management Systems (Standard UNE-EN ISO 14001 and EMAS Regulation) in companies producing renewable energies, through the application of a practical methodology for the determination and measurement of indicators for environmental diagnosis, generating in this way a series of instruments necessary for the sustainable environmental management of companies producing renewable energy.
  10. Realization of environmental sustainability reports, in which the probable significant effects on the environment that may arise from the application of a specific plan or program are identified, described and evaluated. These reports also contain reasonable, technically and environmentally viable alternatives (including the zero alternative, by which the non-execution of the plan or program is understood) that take into account the objectives and the territorial scope of application of the plan or program.
  11. Training and Awareness Activities, through the delivery of specialized courses in Forest Management and Environmental Impact Assessment.