As global society confronts the challenges of diminishing resources, ecological degradation, and climate change, engineers play a crucial role designing and building technologies and products that fulfil our needs for utility and sustainability. The Handbook of Sustainable Engineering equips readers with the context and the best practices derived from both academic research and practical examples of successful implementations of sustainable technical solutions. The handbook's content revolves around the main themes of sustainable production, products, service systems and consumption while addressing key assets based on new materials, optimized resource management, and new energy sources. The contributions reflect a focus on state-of-the art insights into employing smart materials, recycling e-waste, water utilization, solar cells, product lifecycles, transportation and reverse manufacturing. Supportive of this, underlying issues such as engineering education, consumer behaviour and the regulatory climate complete the handbook's comprehensive treatment of the problems and most promising solutions.
The Handbook on Sustainable Engineering treats, without limiting itself to: New Ways of Thinking New materials: Renewable materials - biopolymers; Nano materials; Intelligent surfaces Resource management: New material cycles; Recycling technologies; Waste as resource; Reuse of products; Design for disassembly, recycling; Water: Water supply issues, water management; Water treatment technologies; Recycling technologies; Water consumption patterns; New technologies for desalination Energy sources of the future: Solar - photovoltaic & thermal; Wind; Geothermal; Biomass; Biofuel; Biogas Policy and Decision-making: Sustainable methods; Sustainability indicators; Life Cycle Assessment; Role of policy and regulations Education and Outreach: Teaching new disciplines; Innovation skills; Cross border subjects of the future; Curricula for sustainability knowledge; Networks for knowledge sharing and action New Business Models Sustainable production,sustainable products, sustainable product service systems and sustainable consumption.
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Kun-Mo Lee, Ajou University, Korea, is one of the writers of "Ecodesign implementation" and "Ecodesign--The Competitive Advantage". Joanne Kauffman is retired Deputy Director of the Lab for Energy and Environment (LFEE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, where she also served as Lecturer in Political Science and Executive Director of the Alliance for Global Sustainability.