Assessing and Measuring Environmental Impact and Sustainability

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780127999685
eBook ISBN: 9780128022337
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 21st January 2015
Page Count: 608
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Assessing and Measuring Environmental Impact and Sustainability answers the question “what are the available methodologies to assess the environmental sustainability of a product, system or process?” Multiple well-known authors share their expertise in order to give a broad perspective of this issue from a chemical and environmental engineering perspective. This mathematical, quantitative book includes many case studies to assist with the practical application of environmental and sustainability methods. Readers learn how to efficiently assess and use these methods.

This book summarizes all relevant environmental methodologies to assess the sustainability of a product and tools, in order to develop more green products or processes. With life cycle assessment as its main methodology, this book speaks to engineers interested in environmental impact and sustainability.

Key Features

  • Helps engineers to assess, evaluate, and measure sustainability in industry
  • Provides workable approaches to environmental and sustainability assessment
  • Readers learn tools to assess the sustainability of a process or product and to design it in an environmentally friendly way


Chemical engineers, students and academics, plus any engineers with an interest in environmental impact.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
    • Introduction
    • Suitability Definitions, Systems Approach to Sustainability, and Ways to Express and Measure Sustainability
    • Quantification of the Environmental Impacts: Footprints
    • Sustainable Design, Planning, and Management
    • Policies Toward the Sustainability
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • Chapter 1. Engineering sustainability
    • Introduction
    • Extending boundaries
    • Systems analysis approach to sustainability and engineering challenges
    • Case studies
    • Summary
    • References
  • Chapter 2. Recent developments in the application of Fisher information to sustainable environmental management
    • Introduction
    • Information theory
    • Comparison of Computational Approaches: Assessing Sustainability in Model Systems
    • Application to real urban, regional, and national systems
    • Concluding remarks
    • Acknowledgments
    • Disclaimer
    • Appendix 2.1 Approaches to estimating FI
    • Appendix 2.2 FI at tipping points
    • References
  • Chapter 3. Sustainable process index
    • Measuring ecological impact—the normative base of the SPI
    • Assigning footprints to material flows
    • LCA with the SPI
    • Applications of the SPI
    • Characteristics of the SPI assessment
    • Tools Based on the SPI
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • Chapter 4. Moving to a decision point in sustainability analyses
    • Introduction
    • Defining a system in the context of sustainability
    • Indicator-based system assessment for sustainability
    • History of sustainability analysis through the use of indicators and metrics
    • Research methodology
    • Case studies from engineering systems
    • Conclusions


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"...offers a comprehensive review of the current state of the assessment and measurement of sustainability and provides valuable source material and recommended applications software to design engineers seeking sustainable solutions. Rating: 4 Stars out of 5" --TCE