assessing and measuring environmental impact and sustainability

Assessing And Measuring Environmental Impact And Sustainability
Author: Jiří J Klemeš
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Release Date: 2015-01-20
Pages: 608
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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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. 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

Handbook Of Sustainability Assessment
Author: Angus Morrison-Saunders
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Release Date: 2015-09-25
Pages: 488
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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The Handbook of Sustainability Assessment introduces the theory and practice of sustainability assessment and showcases the state-of-the-art research. The aim is to provide inspiration and guidance to students, academics and practitioners alike and to contribute to the enhancement of sustainability assessment practice worldwide. It emphasises how traditional impact assessment practices can be enhanced to contribute to sustainable outcomes. Featuring original contributions from leading sustainability assessment researchers and practitioners, it forms part of the Research Handbooks on Impact Assessment series.

Assessing The Environmental Impact Of Textiles And The Clothing Supply Chain
Author: Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu
Publisher: Woodhead Publishing
Release Date: 2020-03-20
Pages: 204
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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Assessing the Environmental Impact of Textiles and the Clothing Supply Chain, Second Edition, is a fully updated, practical guide on how to identify and respond to environmental challenges across the supply chain. This new edition features updates to important data on environmental impacts and their measurements, the sustainable use of water and electricity, and new legislation, standards and schemes. Chapters provide an introduction to the textile supply chain and an overview of the methods used to measure environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions, water and energy footprints, and a lifecycle assessment (LCA) on environmental impacts. This book will be a standard reference for R&D managers in the textile industry and academic researchers in textile science. Provides a holistic view of the sustainability issues that affect the textile value chain Explains ways to calculate the textile industry’s use of resources, its impact on global warming, and the pollution and waste it generates Reviews key methods for the reduction of the environmental impact of textile products and how they are implemented in practice Includes methods for calculating product carbon footprints (PCFs), ecological footprints (EFs) and lifecycle assessments (LCA)

Environmental Assessment On Energy And Sustainability By Data Envelopment Analysis
Author: Toshiyuki Sueyoshi
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2018-04-02
Pages: 720
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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Introduces a bold, new model for energy industry pollution prevention and sustainable growth Balancing industrial pollution prevention with economic growth is one of the knottiest problems faced by industry today. Environmental Assessment on Energy and Sustainability by Data Envelopment Analysis introduces a novel approach to using data envelopment analysis (DEA) as a powerful tool for achieving that balance in the energy industries—the world's largest producers of greenhouse gases. It describes a rigorous framework that integrates elements of the social sciences, corporate strategy, regional economics, energy economics, and environmental policy, and delivers a methodology and a set of strategies for promoting green innovation while solving key managerial challenges to greenhouse gas reduction and business growth. In writing this book the authors have drawn upon their pioneering work and considerable experience in the field to develop an unconventional, holistic approach to using DEA to assess key aspects of sustainability development. The book is divided into two sections, the first of which lays out a conventional framework of DEA as the basis for new research directions. In the second section, the authors delve into conceptual and methodological extensions of conventional DEA for solving problems of environmental assessment in all contemporary energy industry sectors. Introduces a powerful new approach to using DEA to achieve pollution prevention, sustainability, and business growth Covers the fundamentals of DEA, including theory, statistical models, and practical issues of conventional applications of DEA Explores new statistical modeling strategies and explores their economic and business implications Examines applications of DEA to environmental analysis across the complete range of energy industries, including coal, petroleum, shale gas, nuclear energy, renewables, and more Summarizes important studies and nearly 800 peer reviewed articles on energy, the environment, and sustainability Environmental Assessment on Energy and Sustainability by Data Envelopment Analysis is a must-read for researchers, academics, graduate students, and practitioners in the energy industries, as well as government officials and policymakers tasked with regulating the environmental impacts of industrial pollution.

Sustainability Indicators
Author: Tomás Hák
Publisher: Island Press
Release Date: 2012-09-26
Pages: 448
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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While the concept of sustainability has been widely embraced, it has been only vaguely defined and is exceedingly difficult to measure. Sustainability indicators are critical to making the broad concept of sustainability operational by providing specific measures by which decision makers and the public can judge progress. Sustainability Indicators defines the present state of the art in indicator development. It presents a comprehensive assessment of the science behind various indicators, while placing special emphasis on their use as communications tools. The contributors draw on their experience as academics and practitioners to describe the conceptual challenges to measuring something as complex as sustainability at local, regional, national, and global scales. The book also reviews existing indicators to assess how they could be better employed, considering which indicators are overused and which have been underutilized. Sustainability Indicators will help planners and policy makers find indicators that are ready for application and relevant to their needs, and will help researchers identify the unresolved issues where progress is most urgently needed. All readers will find advice as to the most effective ways to use indicators to support decision making.

Environmental Impact Assessment
Author: A. G. Colombo
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 1992
Pages: 334
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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Section 1. Legislation. The EEC directive on EIA and its implementation in the EC member states. The EEC directives on environmental hazards. The dutch integral environmental zoning project. Section 2. EIA APROACHES AND TECHNIQUES contents and phases of an EIA study. Risk analysis in environmental impact studies. Environmental impact assessment and risk analysis in Denmark. Environmental impact assessment in Germany with a special focus on environmental planning in the Ruhr area. Pollution abatement in oil refineries and inorganic chemical industries. SILVIA: a decision support system for environmental impact assessment. Section 3. Environmental indicators and indices environmental indicators and measurement scales. Air quality assessment in environmental impact studies. Surface water quality indicators. Soil and ground water quality indicators. Ecotoxicological risk indicators for environmental chemicals. Industrial plant risk indices. Section 4. ECONOMIC AND SOCIOLOGICAL DIMENSIONS OF EIA. Sustainability, efficiency and equity: project appraisal in economic development strategies. Sociological aspects of environmental impact assessment.

Assessing The Environmental Impact Of Agriculture
Author: Bo Weidema
Publisher: Burleigh Dodds Series in Agric
Release Date: 2019-03-22
Pages: 300
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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This book reviews key methods for measuring the environmental impact of agriculture. Part 1 reviews life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology. Part 2 reviews ways of modelling particular types of impact whilst the final part covers particular agricultural sectors.

How Green Is The City
Author: Dimitri Devuyst
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 2001-08-01
Pages: 488
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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This book deals with practical ways to reach a more sustainable state in urban areas through such tools as strategic environmental assessment, sustainability assessment, direction analysis, baseline setting and progress measurement, sustainability targets, and ecological footprint analysis.

Sustainable Building Adaptation
Author: Sara J. Wilkinson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2014-01-21
Pages: 296
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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How to adapt existing building stock is a problem being addressed by local and state governments worldwide. In most developed countries we now spend more on building adaptation than on new construction and there is an urgent need for greater knowledge and awareness of what happens to commercial buildings over time. Sustainable Building Adaptation: innovations in decision-making is a significant contribution to understanding best practice in sustainable adaptations to existing commercial buildings by offering new knowledge-based theoretical and practical insights. Models used are grounded in results of case studies conducted within three collaborative construction project team settings in Australia and the Netherlands, and exemplars are drawn from the Americas, Asia, Japan, Korea and Europe to demonstrate the application of the knowledge more broadly. Results clearly demonstrate that the new models can assist with informed decision-making in adaptation that challenges some of the prevailing solutions based on empirical approaches and which do not accommodate the sustainability dimension. The emphasis is on demonstrating how the new knowledge can be applied by practitioners to deliver professionally relevant outcomes. The book offers guidance towards a balanced approach that incorporates sustainable and optimal approaches for effective management of sustainable adaptation of existing commercial buildings.

An International Workshop On Life Cycle Impact Assessment Sophistication
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Publisher: DIANE Publishing
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Sustainable Plastics
Author: Joseph P. Greene
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2014-09-22
Pages: 336
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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Providing guidelines for implementing sustainable practices for traditional petroleum based plastics, biobased plastics, and recycled plastics, Sustainable Plastics and the Environment explains what sustainable plastics are, why sustainable plastics are needed, which sustainable plastics to use, and how manufacturing companies can integrate them into their manufacturing operations. A vital resource for practitioners, scientists, researchers, and students, the text includes impacts of plastics including Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and sustainability strategies related to biobased plastics and petroleum based plastics as well as end-of-life options for petroleum and biobased plastics.

Defining And Assessing Adverse Environmental Impact From Power Plant Impingement And Entrainment Of Aquatic Organisms
Author: Douglas Dixon
Publisher: CRC Press
Release Date: 2005-08-12
Pages: 292
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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The U.S. Clean Water Act calls for the minimization of "adverse environmental impact" at cooling water intake structures. To facilitate an exchange of information among all stakeholders in the issue, the Electric Power Research Institute organised a national symposium in 2001 to discuss the meaning of adverse environmental impact and methods for its assessment. Technical experts in federal and state resource agencies, academia, industry and non-governmental organizations attended the symposium. This is a collection of peer-reviewed papers, intended both to inform and to encourage the development of rules regarding the minimization of adverse environmental impact at cooling water intake structures.

Sustainability Assessment
Author: Cesar A. Poveda
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
Release Date: 2017-09-18
Pages: 415
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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This book makes the case for the development and implementation of environmental and sustainability rating systems (ESRSs) in new industry contexts, including energy, heavy and light industries, manufacturing, transportation, mining, and oil and gas.

Buildings And Climate Change
Author: Pekka Huovila
Publisher: UNEP/Earthprint
Release Date: 2007
Pages: 78
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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The building sector contributes up to 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from energy use during the life time of buildings. Identifying opportunities to reduce these emissions has become a priority in the global effort to reduce climate change. This publicatiion provides an overview of current knowledge about greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, and presents opportunities for their minimisation.

Evaluating Sustainable Development In The Built Environment
Author: Peter S. Brandon
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2010-12-01
Pages: 280
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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The first edition was extremely well received, providing an introduction and insight to this important topic in a comprehensive yet easy to read form. It was chosen to be issued to the representatives of the organizations from the G8 and G20 countries attending the University Summit held in Turin in 2009 which addressed the issue of how education and research can assist sustainable development. The second edition, completely updated to reflect the significant advances and new insights that have been made since publication of the first edition, focuses on two main issues: Facilitating a dialogue between all stakeholders so that the complexity of the problem can be exposed, structured and communicated Understanding how to assess progress in sustainable development It continues to provide coherent guidance on the techniques that can be used to assess sustainable development in a rigorous manner. The approach is introduced using illustrations and case studies, together with follow-up references. It remains the ideal starting point for those trying to get a handle on the subject and for those who wish to examine a structured and systematic approach to the evaluation of sustainable development in the built environment.

Local Sustainable Urban Development In A Globalized World
Author: Dr Lauren C Heberle
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Release Date: 2012-11-28
Pages: 316
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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'Sustainable development' is a key issue of concern to urban planners across the globe. How it is defined, implemented and measured at the local level remains highly contested and subject to a wide range of external cultural, political and economic pressures. Bringing together leading experts from North America, Europe, the Middle East and SE Asia, this book provides a timely overview of the various methods for understanding and implementing sustainable practices at local levels. In doing so, they present the wide range of local action alternatives available to planners that may be pursued in spite of the constraints generated by globalization processes and highlight the array of public policy options that could reduce the external pressures shaping the possible local alternatives. The book argues that, while local planners and local authorities are willing to act, many are unaware of the range of options available to them. In bringing together these case studies, not only diverse in geographic terms, but also reflecting very different levels of income, general population education, cultural norms, legal systems and government structures, it points out innovations and examples of best practice.

Quantifying Environmental Impact Assessments Using Fuzzy Logic
Author: Richard B. Shepard
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2005-06-23
Pages: 264
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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Fuzzy logic enables people preparing environmental impact statements to quantify complex environmental, economic and social conditions. This reduces the time and cost of assessments, while producing justifiable results.

Sustainable Development  Science  Ethics  And Public Policy
Author: J. Lemons
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2013-06-29
Pages: 284
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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Of all the books written about the problems of sustainable development and environmental protection, Sustainable Development: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy is one of the first to examine the role of science, economics and law, and ethics as generally applied to decision making on sustainable development, particularly in respect to the recommendations contained in Agenda 21. Specifically, the book examines the role, capabilities, and certain strengths and weaknesses of these disciplines and their ethical implications in the context of sustainable development problems. Such an analysis is necessary to determine whether sustainable development problems create important new challenges and problems for government so that, where appropriate, new tools or approaches may be designed to overcome limitations or take advantage of the strengths of current scientific, economic and legal capabilities. Audience: Environmental professionals, whether academic, governmental or industrial, or in the private consultancy sector. Also suitable as an upper level text or reference.

Economic  Environmental  And Health Tradeoffs In Agriculture  Pesticides And The Sustainability Of Andean Potato Production
Author: C. Crissman
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 1997-11-30
Pages: 281
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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Today the goal of designing highly productive, sustainable agricultural produc tion systems is at the forefront of the agricultural research agenda around the world. The key to designing sustainable agricultural production technologies is in understanding their economic, environmental, and human health impacts. This volume presents a methodology designed to quantify such impacts and to represent them as tradeoff's. We propose this tradeoff' methodology as an approach to accomplish two essential elements in achieving agricultural sustainability. First, the tradeoff's method is a key to the design of successful interdisciplinary research projects to assess sustainability of production systems. Second, the tradeoff's method provides a successful means to communicate research findings to policy makers and the public. To put this effort into perspective, we would like to explain its origins and reflect on its implications for conducting future research. In 1987, the Rockefeller Foundation commissioned a report that set out to ascertain why, in view ofthe extensive literatures on certain classes of agricul tural pollution, there had been few if any attempts to incorporate pollution externalities into the rather voluminous literature on the assessment of agricultural research impacts (Antle and Capalbo, 1988; see also Antle, 1994).

Integrated Assessment Of Sustainable Energy Systems In China  The China Energy Technology Program
Author: China Energy Technology Program
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2003
Pages: 819
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Available Language: English, Spanish, And French
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There is no progress without access to energy and no energy use without supporting technology. Only one sixth of the earth's population has an easy access to sufficient energy. The other five sixth will increase their demand for energy in the future. The global environmental problems we face will increasingly affect our daily life. Adjust and fair price for energy is necessary for comparing the pros and cons of energy technology application. The road to an objective analysis of an energy system is called "Integrated Energy Analysis" and covers a cradle-to-grave system approach. This book contains such an analysis of the electricity energy system in Shandong-Province, one of China's 32 Provinces. It also presents a decision support analysis tool. It should allow decision makers in China to choose the right system of electricity supply with minimum environmental impact and/or minimum "true" cost. The book contains a DVD, which contains a more extensive record of the research results obtained. It also contains all the tools, which have been developed. The methodology presented in this book and DVD is easily applicable to other Provinces in China and also other countries and regions. This research presents a pioneering effort in bringing together the three essential partners for any such research program, Industry, Academia and the Stakeholders, i.e. prospective users of the results. An important aspect of this international program with 75 participants was the leadership provided by a dedicated and professional Program Management Team from Industry. Developing a sustainable energy supply in China is an essential part of a global strategy to promote development while mitigating environmental pollution and the effect of greenhouse gas emissions.