Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists [NOOK Book]

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This ground-breaking text looks at the ways of integrating sustainability aspects into science and engineering. In providing an all-round sustainability education, it teaches students within engineering and environmental science the implications of their decisions on the environment.

Taking a life cycle approach to address environmental, economic and social issues, it covers areas of fresh water and wastewater, air pollution, solid waste management, design and manufacturing of ...

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Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists

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Overview

This ground-breaking text looks at the ways of integrating sustainability aspects into science and engineering. In providing an all-round sustainability education, it teaches students within engineering and environmental science the implications of their decisions on the environment.

Taking a life cycle approach to address environmental, economic and social issues, it covers areas of fresh water and wastewater, air pollution, solid waste management, design and manufacturing of chemicals, process design and contracting, industrial ecology and energy sources and technologies

  • Case study based, with real world and practical examples relevant for developed and developing countries
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“…a soundly-grounded contribution to both debate and practice and should be widely studied by our profession.” (Chemical Engineer, May 2005)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781119956143
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 536
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Adisa Azapagic is Professor of Sustainable Engineering. Her research interests and expertise include life cycle modeling and optimization, life cycle assessment, industrial ecology, sustainability indicators, multiple criteria decision analysis and corporate social responsibility. Azapagic is the author of over 130 publications in these areas, including a book on Polymers, the Environment and Sustainable Development also published by Wiley. She is also interested in sustainability education and is a member of the European Federation of Chemical engineering (EFCE) Working Party on Education. She is a UNESCO/TWAIS/ICSU Visiting Scientist at the Instituto Technológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexico City.

Slobodan Perdan is a philosopher with expertise and professional interests in the areas of sustainable development, moral philosophy and sustainability education. He has written on a variety of issues concerning sustainable development, and has taught and researched a wide range of subjects including environmental philosophy, business and engineering ethics, corporate sustainability and social and political theory. Perdan is currently working as a freelance consultant having previously worked at the University of Surrey for several years.

Roland Clift is a Distinguished Professor in Environmental Technology and founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey; previously Head of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Surrey. He is a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, of the International Expert Group on application of Life Cycle Assessment to waste management and of the Rolls-Royce Environmental Advisory Board, and a past member of the UK Ecolabelling Board. Clift is a Visiting Professor in Environmental System Analysis at Chalmers University, Göteborg, Sweden. He has recently been awarded the Sir Frank Whittle medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering for his leading role in developing the holistic life cycle assessment of products and its use as a systematic way of incorporating environmental and social issues in engineering decisions.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Sustainable development, engineers and scientists 1
1 Introduction to sustainable development 3
2 The role of the professional engineer and scientists in sustainable development 29
Pt. 2 Case studies 57
3 Waste water managment : identifying sustainable processes 59
4 Integrated prevention and control of air pollution : the case of nitrogen oxides 85
5 Municipal solid waste management : can thermodynamics influence people's opinions about incineration 117
6 Process design for sustainability : the case of vinyl chloride monomer 201
7 Towards sustainable chemical manufacturing : polylactic acid - a sustainable polymer? 250
8 An industrial ecology : material flows and engineering design 283
9 Scenario building and uncertainties : options for energy sources 301
10 Fuel cells in stationary applications : energy for the future? 321
11 Towards sustainable process contracting : the case of the glass industry 344
12 Multi-criteria decision analysis : the case of power generation in South Africa 367
13 Social and ethical dimensions of sustainable development : mining in Kakadu National Park 397
App Life Cycle Thinking and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) 426
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