Special Issue "Sustainability and Materials"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2017)
Prof. Dr. P.V. Kandachar
Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Landbergstraat 15, 2628 CE Delft, The Netherlands
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Interests: design; design thinking; inclusive innovation; well-being; emerging markets; development economics; sustainable development; social sustainability; technology; materials and manufacturing technology; design tools and methods; design strategy; user-centredness; entrepreneurship; research and development
Materials have close connection with real world challenges; they also are interlinked with sustainability, during the entire value chain, encompassing all major aspects of sustainability: social-, cultural-, economic-, and environmental. Many concepts of sustainability, like industrial ecology, life cycle assessment, eco-efficiency, as well as new thinking such as “Frugal innovation (doing more with less)”, “Cradle to Cradle”, “Biomimicry”, etc., are guiding the development of the next generation of materials, products, and processes.
During the last several decades, rapid economic growth has resulted in enormous material prosperity, but also in a substantial increase in environmental impacts and a rapid depletion of material resources, calling for austerity in resource-intensive applications and appropriate human behavior. Sustainable energy technologies, for instance, rely on materials at risk of supply disruptions in the short term, such as Critical Materials.
While sustainability is now the key driver of innovation, materials have a large role to play in achieving a transition to more sustainable planet. What are the ways materials are responding to challenges raised by the need for global sustainability? What are the implications for materials consumption, use and human behavior? Is material resource criticality an opportunity for sustainable innovations? How are materials and social sustainability related? How are businesses responding to the challenges of integrating simultaneously, culture, communities, environment, economy, green technologies, and materials? What are and should be the roles of scientists, designers, policy makers, etc.? Which multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches are being explored? New scientific, technological and policy insights, visions, principles and experiences addressing such questions and related issues form the essence of this Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. P.V. Kandachar
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- materials science and technology;
- global sustainability;
- resource criticality;
- human behavior;
- multi-disciplinary approach;
- design and sustainable innovations;
- role of science;
- economy and society
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Title: The social footprint of hydrogen production - A Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) of alkaline water electrolysis
Author: Schlör, Holger, Koj, J., Zapp, P., Schreiber, A., Kuckshinrichs, W., Hake, J.-F.
Affiliation: Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute of Energy and Climate Research - Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEK-STE), D-52425 Jülich, Germany
Abstract:The United Nations (UN) published in 2015 “seventeen Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets” to delineate an urgent shift of the world to a sustainable and resilient path. The UN confirms also its three dimensional sustainability concept. Social protection and social well-being are central aspects of the UN concept and the life cycle assessment the adequate tool to analyse also social risks. We take up the UN concept and analyse the social footprint of the hydrogen production with a Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA). The hydrogen economy is seen as an instrument for the transformation of the energy system. To analyse social conditions (human well-being) throughout the hydrogen life cycle we use Sen’s capability approach and the S-LCA method as recommended by UNEP and SETAC. Therefore we selected five major functionings of the capability approach (welfare basis, health & safety, social participation, democracy & freedom, decent life) and assigned to these functionings five social impact categories (labour rights, health and safety, human rights, governance, community and infrastructure) of the Social Hotspots Database (SHDB). We connect thereby the Social LCA directly to Sen’s capability approach. We selected 23 social indicators from the Social Hotspots Database (SHDB) to assess the social effects of hydrogen production in Germany, Austria, and Spain along the whole hydrogen production process chain on the social impact categories and the functionings of Sen’s capability approach. Our social LCA (S-LCA) method based on the UNEP/STAC guidelines allows us on the basis of SHDB to determine the social footprint of hydrogen production and identify the composition and the regional origin of the social footprint (social rucksack).