Methods in Sustainability Science

Methods in Sustainability Science

Assessment, Prioritization, Improvement, Design and Optimization

1st Edition - August 5, 2021

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  • Editor: Jingzheng Ren
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128239872
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128242407

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Methods in Sustainability Science: Assessment, Prioritization, Improvement, Design and Optimization presents cutting edge, detailed methodologies needed to create sustainable growth in any field or industry, including life cycle assessments, building design, and energy systems. The book utilized a systematic structured approach to each of the methodologies described in an interdisciplinary way to ensure the methodologies are applicable in the real world, including case studies to demonstrate the methods. The chapters are written by a global team of authors in a variety of sustainability related fields. Methods in Sustainability Science: Assessment, Prioritization, Improvement, Design and Optimization will provide academics, researchers and practitioners in sustainability, especially environmental science and environmental engineering, with the most recent methodologies needed to maintain a sustainable future. It is also a necessary read for postgraduates in sustainability, as well as academics and researchers in energy and chemical engineering who need to ensure their industrial methodologies are sustainable.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the most recent methodologies in sustainability assessment, prioritization, improvement, design and optimization
  • Sections are organized in a systematic and logical way to clearly present the most recent methodologies for sustainability and the chapters utilize an interdisciplinary approach that covers all considerations of sustainability
  • Includes detailed case studies demonstrating the efficacies of the described methods


Researchers and academicians, specialists (engineers and technicians), life-cycle experts and practitioners, professionals and strategy developers working in environmental engineering or in related fields liable to sustainable innovations. A secondary audience could include students at advanced level taking related coursework within the disciplines in the field of environmental engineering and sustainability science. A further placing could be within university libraries as textbook and/or supplemental reading in graduates and post-graduate level multi-discipline courses dealing with sustainable systems and environmental science

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction of Methods in Sustainability Science
    Jingzheng Ren
    2. Business Contributions to Sustainable Development Goals
    Juniati Gunawan
    3. Sustainability Assessment: Metrics and Methods
    Himanshu Nautiyal and Varun Goel
    4. Sustainability Assessment of Energy Systems: Indicators, Methods and Applications
    Imran Khan
    5. Sustainability Measurement: Evolution and Methods
    Mariolina Longo, Matteo Mura, Chiara Vagnini and Sara Zanni
    6. Industrial Sustainability Performance Measurement System – Challenges for the development
    Alessandra Neri
    7. Life Cycle Assessment: Methods, Limitations and Illustrations
    Sara Toniolo
    8. Life Cycle Assessment for Better Sustainability: Methodological Framework and Applications
    Aman Kumar, Ekta Singh, Sunil Kumar and Rahul Mishra
    9. Life cycle sustainability dashboard: method and case study
    Daniela Camana, Alessandro Manzardo, Sara Toniolo and Andrea Fedele
    10. Multi-criteria decision making methods for Results Interpretation of Life Cycle Assessment
    Ana Carolina Maia Angelo
    11. Composite Sustainability Indices (CSI); A Robust Tool for the Sustainability Measurement of Chemical Processes from “Early Design” to “Production” Stages
    Hossein Ordouei
    12. Sustainability assessment using the ELECTRE TRI multicriteria sorting method
    Luis C. Dias
    13. Sustainability improvement opportunities for an Industrial Complex
    Ravi Prakash, Dilawar Husain and Rahul Singh Yadav
    14. Coupled life cycle assessment and data envelopment analysis to optimize energy consumption and mitigate environmental impacts in agricultural production
    Ashkan Nabavi-Pelesaraei, Zahra Saber, Fatemeh Mostashari-Rad, Hassan Ghasemi-Mobtaker and Kwok-wing Chau
    15. Lean Integrated Management System for Sustainability Improvement: an integrated system of tools and metrics for sustainability management
    João Paulo Estevam de Souza
    16. Coupled Life Cycle Thinking and Data Envelopment Analysis for Quantitative Sustainability Improvement
    Diego Iribarren and Mario Martín-Gamboa
    17. How can sensors be used for Sustainability Improvement?
    Rafid M. Alkhaddar and Patryk Kot
    18. Sustainable Design based on LCA and Operations Management Methods (SWOT, PESTEL and 7 S)
    Manel Sansa, Ahmed Badreddine and Taieb  Ben Romdhane
    19. The importance of integrating lean thinking with digital solutions adoption for value-oriented high productivity of sustainable building delivery
    Moshood Olawale Fadeyi
    20. Robust Optimization and Control for Sustainable Processes
    Flavio Manenti, Alessandro Di Pretoro, Xavier Joulia and Ludovic Montastruc

Product details

  • No. of pages: 444
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: August 5, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128239872
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128242407

About the Editor

Jingzheng Ren

Jingzheng Ren
Jingzheng Ren is Assistant Professor of Modelling for Energy, Environment and Sustainability at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). He has also been nominated as adjunct/honorary associate professor of University of Southern Denmark (Denmark) and associated senior research fellow of the Institute for Security & Development Policy (Stockholm, Sweden). Prof. Ren serves as board member of several scientific journals and published more than 150 papers, authored 1 book, edited more than 10 books and published more than 40 book chapters. His research focuses on process system engineering for better sustainability and mathematical models for solving energy and environmental problems and promoting sustainability transition

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China

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