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Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 240; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10010240

Economic, Energetic, and Environmental Impact Evaluation of the Water Discharge Networks from Mining Works

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Transportation, Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, University of Petrosani, Street Institutului, No. 20, 332006 Petrosani, Romania
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Department Management and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Mining, University of Petrosani, Street Institutului, No. 20, 332006 Petrosani, Romania
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Received: 8 November 2017 / Revised: 9 January 2018 / Accepted: 10 January 2018 / Published: 18 January 2018
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Abstract

Sustainable development represents an optimistic scenario for the evolution of contemporary civilization. The object of this paper is to define certain evaluation criteria regarding the performances of water discharge networks from mining works, and propose a method for aggregating the specific indicators for monetary costs, energetic costs, and environmental impact-related costs. The global pollution index (GPI) represents a method for assessing environment health status or pollution levels. The GPI quantitatively expresses this status based on its index, which results from a ratio between the ideal value and the given value of certain quality indices that are considered specific for the analyzed environmental factors at certain moments. The proposed method in this paper tries to perform a synergistic aggregation of the balance sheet of harmfulness and classic balance sheets for matter and energy for an industrial process. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development; energy; economic; impact evaluation; environment quality index; aggregation method; CAREEC chart; mining sustainable development; energy; economic; impact evaluation; environment quality index; aggregation method; CAREEC chart; mining
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Rada, A.C.; Irimie, S.; Irimie, S.I. Economic, Energetic, and Environmental Impact Evaluation of the Water Discharge Networks from Mining Works. Sustainability 2018, 10, 240.

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