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Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists

Edited By: Adisa Azapagic, Slobodan Perdan and Roland Clift

352 pages, Figs, tabs

John Wiley & Sons

Paperback | Jan 2011 | Edition: 2 | #187677 | ISBN-13: 9780470718728
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About this book

Looks at the ways of integrating sustainability aspects into science and engineering. 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.

...a resource that I will certainly use in my teaching of chemical engineering undergraduate students... (Process Safety and Environmental Protection, No.83, January 2005)


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.

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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 Technologico Autonomo de Mexico (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, Goteborg, 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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