Sustainable Products and Processes
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2015) | Viewed by 82373
Interests: sustainability science and engineering; process systems engineering; life cycle oriented methods; designing resilient and sustainable systems; data analysis and modeling
Consumers, governments, and societies are increasingly demanding that processes and products not cause ecological or societal harm while meeting human needs. Many efforts have even demonstrated the presence of “win-win” opportunities between economic profitability and environmental protection. Despite a high level of interest, global environmental trends show continued increase in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, depletion of resources, and degradation of ecosystems. These data indicate the difficulty in reversing such trends and the urgent need for developing sustainable products and processes that operate within nature's carrying capacity.
Previously, such efforts were limited to the process boundary, while now, the boundary has expanded to include the life cycle. This broader perspective reduces the chance of unexpected surprises by shifting the problem outside a narrow boundary. Methodological challenges are due to the large size and scope of the problem, the multiscale nature of models and data, high degrees of uncertainty, the importance of dynamics and complexity, the presence of multiple economic, environmental, and social objectives, etc. Many methods have been developed to address such issues, but formidable challenges remain, which require theoretical and applied research, often across multiple disciplines.
This Special Issue invites articles on the latest advances in concepts, methods, tools, and applications for developing sustainable products and processes. Articles that review the state-of-the-art and provide critical insight into the challenges and opportunities in this field are also welcome.
Prof. Dr. Bhavik Bakshi
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- sustainable engineering
- process design
- product design
- complexity and dynamics
- environmental impact
- life cycle assessment