Special Issue "Challenges in Industrial Ecology"
A special issue of Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2012)
Prof. Dr. Thomas L. Theis
Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2121 West Taylor Street, MC 673 Chicago, IL 60612, USA
Phone: +1 312 996 1081
Interests: mathematical modeling and systems analysis of environmental processes; industrial pollution prevention; industrial ecology; the environmental chemistry of trace organic and inorganic substances; interfacial reactions; subsurface contaminant transport; hazardous waste management
Industrial Ecology is an interdisciplinary field of study that fosters an integrated understanding of the ways in which environmental, social, economic, and ethical dimensions can be integrated for holistic solutions to critical human problems. Although a relatively young science in the formal sense, the field has matured rapidly, making seminal contributions to our understanding of such phenomena as material and substance flows, life cycle assessment, environmental impact analysis, and sustainability science to name a few.
And yet the challenges to sustain human industry and its impacts continue to grow, encompassing such areas as:
- Food supply and food security
- Sustainability and resilience in urban systems
- The development of new energy supplies and their distribution
- The future of nuclear energy
- The economics of sustainability
- Resource supply and equity
- Reuse and control of wastes
- Lessening impacts of rapidly industrializing nations
- New integrated policies informed by industrial ecology
- Efficiency, consumption, and the “rebound effect”
- Economic growth and financial stability
- Links between environmental and social justice
- Connections between the sustainability and resilience of human-natural systems
- Global and local education challenges
This issue of “Challenges” invites scholars from all fields to contribute research and discussion that explore and illuminate core sustainability challenges ahead for this growing and dynamic field of study.
Prof. Dr. Thomas L. Theis
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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- industrial ecology
- life cycle impact analysis
- material flow analysis
- human-natural systems
- industrial metabolism
Review: A Life-cycle Approach to Improve the Sustainability of Rural Water Systems in Resource-Limited Countries
Challenges 2012, 3(2), 233-260; doi:10.3390/challe3020233
Received: 10 August 2012; in revised form: 29 October 2012 / Accepted: 31 October 2012 / Published: 8 November 2012| Download PDF Full-text (488 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Review: Challenges in Improving Energy Efficiency in a University Campus Through the Application of Persuasive Technology and Smart Sensors
Challenges 2012, 3(2), 290-318; doi:10.3390/challe3020290
Received: 4 September 2012; in revised form: 8 November 2012 / Accepted: 9 November 2012 / Published: 19 December 2012| Download PDF Full-text (2344 KB) | Download XML Full-text |
Challenges 2013, 4(1), 56-74; doi:10.3390/challe4010056
Received: 19 March 2013; in revised form: 4 April 2013 / Accepted: 9 April 2013 / Published: 2 May 2013| Download PDF Full-text (797 KB) |
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Reduction of Environmental Impact Using Exergy-Based Methods
Authors: Tatiana Morosuk1,*, George Tsatsaronis1 and Christopher Koroneos2
Affiliations: 1 Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany; E-Mails: firstname.lastname@example.org (T.M.); email@example.com (G.T.)
2 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: An exergoenvironmental analysis is conducted at the component level of a system and identifies (a) the relative importance of each component with respect to environmental impact, and (b) options for reducing the environmental impact associated with the overall system. In an exergoenvironmental analysis a one-dimensional characterization indicator is obtained using a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). An index (a single number) describes the overall environmental impact associated with system components and exergy carriers. It should be emphasized that the evaluation of environmental impacts will always be subjective to some degree and associated with some uncertainties. The paper deals with the effect of the Eco-indicator used in an exergoenvironmental analysis on the conclusions obtained from the analysis.
This paper discusses the integrated conventional exergetic and exergoenvironmental analyses applied to a compression refrigeration machine. These analyses identify the magnitude, location and causes of thermodynamic inefficiencies and environmental impacts. The information supplied by such exergy-based methods is very useful in better understanding the design and operation of energy conversion systems and in developing strategies for improving them.
Keywords: exergy analysis; LCA; exergoenvironmental analysis; refrigeration
Last update: 29 January 2013