Download and read online A Handbook of Industrial Ecology in PDF and EPUB 'The editors of this handbook have brought together 58 of the world's greatest environmental systems experts. These professionals have, in 46 specific topic headings, divided into six major sections, provided very insightful information and guidance as to what industrial ecology entails, how it can be implemented, and its benefits . . . a very valuable tool . . . This book provides essential information to mid- and top-level management that can enable industry to make more prudent business decisions regarding the manufacturing of its products.' - Robert John Klancko, Environmental Practice Industrial ecology is coming of age and this superb book brings together leading scholars to present a state-of-the-art overviews of the subject.
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Download and read online The Social Embeddedness of Industrial Ecology in PDF and EPUB From its inception, the field of industrial ecology has taken a distinctly technological approach to understanding and improving ecological consequences of industrial activities. Increasingly however, scholars and practitioners are developing perspectives on the social embeddedness of industrial ecology: the ways in which material and energy flows in regions and product chains are shaped by the social context in which they occur. This book presents empirical work addressing how cognitive, cultural, political and structural mechanisms condition the emergence and operation of industrial ecology. Further exploring such mechanisms holds promise for understanding both the barriers to, and opportunities for, altering the ecological impacts of industrial practice. Through contemplative chapters and intermezzos , authors with different disciplinary backgrounds reflect on the contribution of work from various social sciences to industrial ecology. Unique to the volume, the authors of the commentaries bring in their personal and professional experiences, reflecting on how they have engaged in or have seen the value in cross-disciplinary work. They also include discussion explicitly on the dialogue and its value to the evolution of the field. In these ways, the book develops the dialogue between social science contributors and researchers from other disciplines within the field of industrial ecology. Scholars and students involved in the study of industrial ecology and related fields as well as practising managers and those involved in facilitating industrial ecology projects around the world will find this engaging and comprehensive volume indispensable.
Download and read online Industrial Ecology in PDF and EPUB Industrial ecology may be a relatively new concept - yet it's already proven instrumental for solving a wide variety of problems involving pollution and hazardous waste, especially where available material resources have been limited. By treating industrial systems in a manner that parallels ecological systems in nature, industrial ecology provides a substantial addition to the technologies of environmental chemistry. Stanley E. Manahan, bestselling author of many environmental chemistry books for Lewis Publishers, now examines Industrial Ecology: Environmental Chemistry and Hazardous Waste. His study of this innovative technology uses an overall framework of industrial ecology to cover hazardous wastes from an environmental chemistry perspective. Chapters one to seven focus on how industrial ecology relates to environmental science and technology, with consideration of the anthrosphere as one of five major environmental spheres. Subsequent chapters deal specifically with hazardous substances and hazardous waste, as they relate to industrial ecology and environmental chemistry.
Download and read online Industrial Ecology and Global Change in PDF and EPUB This book describes how humankind can more fully industrialize our society without overwhelming the Earth's natural systems. In the five main parts of this book, contributors discuss the industrialization of society; the main natural systems cycles; toxic chemicals in the environment; industrial ecology in firms; and policy-making with respect to industrial ecology. The book will appeal to professionals in a wide range of environmental fields.
Download and read online Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering in PDF and EPUB KEY BENEFIT: The first book of its kind devoted completely to industrial ecology/green engineering, this introduction uses industrial ecology principles and cases to ground the discussion of sustainable engineering–and offers practical and reasonable approaches to design decisions. KEY TOPICS: Technology and Sustainability; Industrial Ecology(IE) and Sustainable Engineering (SE) Concepts; Relevance of Biological Ecology to Technology; Metabolic Analysis; Technological Change and Evolving Risk; Social Dimensions of Industrial Ecology; Concept of Sustainability; SE; Industrial Product Development; Design for Environment and for Sustainability; Introduction to Life-Cycle Assessment; LCA Impact and Interpretation Stages; Streamlining the LCA Process; Systems Analysis; Industrial Ecosystems; Material Flow Analysis; National Material Accounts; Energy and IE; Water and IE; Urban IE; Modeling in IE; Scenarios for IE; Status of Resources; IE and SE in Developing Countries; IE and Sustainability in the Corporation/Government/Society MARKET: A useful reference for professionals in environmental science, environmental policy, and engineering.
Download and read online Industrial Ecology in PDF and EPUB Contains a selection of articles illustrating the beginning of an industrial ecology research program at Livermore National Laboratory. Topics addressed include: technological issues involved with the automobile, improved economic & environmental efficiency through better engineering, understanding the links between human economic activity & underlying natural systems through the development of complex models, & the direct application of technology to environmental issues. Photos. Charts & tables.
Download and read online Managing a Material World in PDF and EPUB At the end of the 20th century, the question of how to meet human needs and preferences while safeguarding the environment is a concern facing humanity. This text reflects the thinking on the necessary concepts, tools and instruments that are likely to help producers, consumers and governments.
Download and read online Industrial Ecology in PDF and EPUB True to form, Ayres and Ayre s Industrial Ecology is a significant addition to the field, full of new and provocative ideas. While most works on industrial ecology can manage only a handful of case studies, the list of chapters in itself shows that this is a tour de force. Valerie M. Thomas, Journal of Industrial Ecology I like the book as appropriate for a reader in the transition phase. The writing is lively and generally convincing. Robert A. Herendeen, Ecological Economics . . . this unique, detailed, and thoughtful guide should remain valuable for many years. Future Survey This book, Industrial Ecology, makes a valuable contribution. . . . The authors use a new and integrated perspective to help us understand the cycling, use and reuse of non-renewable resources. This book will be valuable to readers from a variety of disciplines. Jules Pretty, Natural Resources Forum Industrial Ecology is perhaps the first serious attempt to go beyond general statements regarding the desirability of clean technology and to assess realistically and quantitatively the range of practicable possibilities for reducing materials extraction, consumption and waste. This major new book examines strategic options for reducing wastes and pollution and increasing the productivity of materials. Using an industrial ecology perspective, the authors analyse thirteen generic cases of material, beginning with four families of metals (aluminium, chromium, copper and zinc), several families of chemicals (phosphates and fluorine; suphur-based, nitrogen-based and chlorine-based), silicon and several different types of waste. Opportunities for creating industrial ecosystems by deliberate design are discussed as well as the use of low-value by-products as feed stocks for useful products. In addition to surveying the technological possibilities, the authors also consider the public interest, institutional barriers and the range of possible alternatives that might be applicable. Environmental scientists, economists, practitioners and policy makers will welcome Industrial Ecology s integrated approach and the emphasis which it places on resource productivity, materials cycle optimization and waste minimization.
Download and read online Industrial Ecology and the Automobile in PDF and EPUB For courses in Industrial Ecology, or as a supplement in Mechanical Engineering courses on Internal Combustion Engines, or courses in Introduction to Engineering or Environmental Engineering. This new text uses the automobile, a major component of industrialized society, as a case study to examine the relationship between industry and environment. It examines the impacts of production and use, as well as the questions of designing with the environment in mind. Although the focus is on the automobile, the concepts, suggestions, and insights are appropriate to all technologies.
Download and read online Perspectives on Industrial Ecology in PDF and EPUB Business-as-usual in terms of industrial and technological development – even if based on a growing fear of pollution and shortages of natural resources – will never deliver sustainable development. However, the growing interest in recent years in the new science of industrial ecology (IE), and the idea that industrial systems should mimic the quasi-cyclical functions of natural ecosystems in an 'industrial food chain', holds promise in addressing not only short-term environmental problems but also the long-term holistic evolution of industrial systems. This possibility requires a number of key conditions to be met, not least the restructuring of our manufacturing and consumer society to reduce the effects of material and energy flows at the very point in history when globalisation is rapidly increasing them. This book sets out to address the theoretical considerations that should be made implicit in future research as well as practical implementation options for industry. The systematic recovery of industrial wastes, the minimisation of losses caused by dispersion, the dematerialisation of the economy, the requirement to decrease our reliance on fuels derived from hydrocarbons and the need for management systems that help foster inter-industry collaboration and networks are among the topics covered. The book is split into four sections. First, the various definitions of IE are outlined. Here, important distinctions are made between industrial metabolism and IE. Second, a number of different industrial sectors, including glass, petroleum and electric power, are assessed with regard to the operationalisation of industrial ecology. Eco-industrial Parks and Networks are also analysed. Third, the options for overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of the closing of cycles such as the separation and screening of materials are considered and, finally, a number of implications for the future are assessed. The contributions to Perspectives on Industrial Ecology come from the leading thinkers working in this field at the crossroads between a number of different disciplines: engineering, ecology, bio-economics, geography, the social sciences and law.
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Download and read online Ecological Economics and Industrial Ecology in PDF and EPUB Holistic in approach and rooted in the real world Ecological Economics and Industrial Ecology presents a new way of looking at environmental policy; exploring the relationship between ecological economics and industrial ecology. Concentrating on the conceptual background of ecological economics and industrial ecology, this book: provides a selection of recommendations for a product-oriented environmental policy, based on the author’s case study of the IPP contributes to the development of a consistent body of knowledge regarding sustainable development. A topical and critical review, this book should be read by academics and policy makers alike, specifically those engaged with the concepts surrounding sustainable development and the rationale for more restrictive environmental policies.
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