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Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists

Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists

Adisa Azapagic (Editor), Roland Clift (Editor), Slobodan Perdan (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-01420-2

Jan 2005

458 pages

Select type: O-Book

Description

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 economic, environmental and social issues, the book presents a series of practical case studies drawn from a range of industrial sectors, including water, energy, waste, chemicals, glass and mining and minerals. The key features of the book include:

  • Case studies that provide real-world and practical examples for readers to work through
  • Coverage of various sustainability issues in both developed and developing countries
  • Exploration of the scientific and technical aspects of each issue together with consideration of the economic, environmental and social ramifications

Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists is essential reading for all engineers and scientists concerned with sustainable development. In particular, it provides key reading and learning materials for undergraduate and postgraduate students reading environmental, chemical, civil or mechanical engineering, manufacturing and design, environmental science, green chemistry and environmental management. This book’s accessible style also makes it of interest to the general reader who is engaged with the sustainability debate.

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About the Editors.

About the Contributors.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

PART 1: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS.

1. Introduction to Sustainable Development (S. Perdan).

2. The Role of Engineers and Scientists in Sustainable Development (C. Mitchell, et al.).

PART 2: CASE STUDIES.

3. Waste Water Treatment: Identifying Sustainable Processes (A. Azapagic, et al.).

4. Integrated Prevention and Control of Air Pollution: The Case of Nitrogen Oxides (A. Azapagic, et al.).

5. Municipal Solid Waste Management: Can Thermodynamics Influence People’s Opinions about Incineration (N. Kirkby and A. Azapagic).

6. Process Design for Sustainability: The Case of Vinyl Chloride Monomer (A. Azapagic, et al.).

7. Towards Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing: Polylactic Acid – A Sustainable Polymer? (J. Clark and J. Hardy).

8. An Industrial Ecology: Material Flows and Engineering Design (D. Allen). 

9. Scenario Building and Uncertainties: Options for Energy Sources (R. Darton).

10. Fuel cells in Stationary Applications: Energy for the Future? (M. Pehnt)

11. Towards Sustainable Process Contracting: The Case of the Glass Industry (M. Nicholas).

12. Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis: The Case of Power Generation in South Africa (J. Petrie, et al).

13. Social and Ethical Dimensions of Sustainable Development: Mining in Kakadu National Park (S. Perdan).

Appendix: Life Cycle Thinking and Life Cycle Assessment (A. Azapagic).

Index.

"…a resource that I will certainly use in my teaching of chemical engineering undergraduate students..." (Process Safety and Environmental Protection, No.83, January 2005)
  • Case studies that provide real-world and practical examples for readers to work through coverage of various sustainability issues in both developed and developing countries
  • Exploration of the scientific and technical aspects of each issue together with consideration of the economic, environmental and social ramifications.