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The world target is to reduce industry's carbon emissions by 50% by 2050. However, projections are that world demand for materials will DOUBLE by 2050, so to meet our emissions target, we have to achieve a 4-fold reduction in emissions per unit of material used. Sustainable Materials - with Both Eyes Open presents a vision for change, backed by comprehensive real life experience. Sustainable Materials - with Both Eyes Open is based on scientific detail. But it's practical, not pie in the sky: everything in Sustainable Materials - with Both Eyes Open is backed by evidence and commercial experience. The solutions presented here are ahead of the game now.
By providing an evidence-based vision of change, Sustainable Materials - with Both Eyes Open can play a significant role in influencing our future. Sustainable Materials - with Both Eyes Open is written for a popular audience as well as specialists, and is beautifully produced with full colour throughout. Professional readers it will appeal to include: designers;engineers;operations, technical, and business managers; marketeers;traders;government and NGO officials associated with business, climate, energy, environment, waste, trade and financing. Sustainable Materials - with Both Eyes Open is relevant to a wide range of industries: energy industry; the steel and aluminium industries; mining; construction; consulting; manufacturing; architecture. For readers who don't believe that carbon emissions matter, the same arguments apply to energy saving: Sustainable Materials - with Both Eyes Open is not about climate change – it's about using materials wisely, and getting more for less.
Part I The world of materials
1 Material wealth and health
2 Scale, uncertainty and estimation
3 Our uses of steel and aluminium
4 Metal journeys
5 Energy and emissions
6 Where does the money go?
Part II With one eye open
7 Energy efficiency
8 Opportunities for capturing heat
9 Novel process routes
10 Carbon sequestration
11 Future energy use and emissions
Part III With both eyes open
12 Using less metal by design
13 Reducing yield losses
14 Diverting manufacturing scrap
15 Re-using metal components
16 Longer life products
17 Reducing final demand
18 Options for change
19 Future energy use and emissions
Part IV Other materials
20 Cement 287
21 Plastic 301
22 Paper 313
Part V Creating a sustainable material future
23 Business activity evaluation
24 The influence of policy
25 The actions of individuals
Julian Allwood is a Reader in Engineering at the University of Cambridge where he leads the Low Carbon Materials Processing research group and is a fellow of Gonville and Caius College. He worked for 10 years for the aluminium industry and currently holds an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship which funds the WellMet2050 project. He is joint editor-in-chief of the Journal of Materials Processing Technology, a vice Chairman of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP) and is a lead author for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Jonathan Cullen is a Research Associate in the Low Carbon Material Processing group at the University of Cambridge and a Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College. After five years as a Chemical Process Engineer in New Zealand he worked as a consultant and development engineer in Peru, before taking an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development and a PhD on the engineering fundamentals of energy efficiency in Cambridge.