Renewables' can either be the substituted raw materials that are used in a given industry, (e.g. the use of biomass for fuel); the use and/or modification of a crop for use in a new industry (e.g. plant cellulose), or the reuse of a waste product (e.g. organic waste for energy production).
This is the first book in the Wiley Renewable Resources series that brings together the range of sustainability assessment methods and their uses. Ensuing books in the series will look at individual renewable materials and applications.
List of Abbreviations.
Part I: Renewables as a Resource and Sustainability Performance Indicators.
1 The Contribution of Renewables to Society (Göran Berndes).
2 The Potential of Renewables as a Feedstock for Chemistry and Energy (Wilfried G. J. H. M. van Sark, Martin K. Patel, André P. C. Faaij and Monique M. Hoogwijk).
3 Sustainability Performance Indicators (Alexei Lapkin).
Part II: Relevant Assessment Tools.
4 Life Cycle Inventory Analysis Applied to Renewable Resources (Niels Jungbluth and Rolf Frischknecht).
5 Net Energy Balancing and Fuel-Cycle Analysis (Hosein Shapouri, Michael Wang and James A. Duffield).
6 Life Cycle Assessment as an Environmental Sustainability Tool (Adisa Azapagic).
7 Exergy (Jo Dewulf and Herman Van Langenhove).
8 Material Flow Analysis and the Use of Renewables from a Systems Perspective (Stefan Bringezu).
9 Ecological Footprints and Biocapacity: Essential Elements in Sustainability Assessment (William E. Rees).
10 The Sustainable Process Index (SPI) (Michael Narodoslawsky and Anneliese Niederl).
Part III:Case Studies.
11 Assessment of Sustainable Land Use in Producing Biomass (Helmut Haberl and Karl-Heinz Erb).
12 Assessment of the Forest Products Industries (Klaus Richter, Frank Werner and Hans-Jörg Althaus).
13 Assessment of the Energy Production Industry: Modern Options for Producing Secondary Energy Carriers from Biomass (André Faaij).
14 Assessment of Biofuels (James A. Duffield, Hosein Shapouri and Michael Wang).
15 Assessment of Organic Waste Treatment (Jan-Olov Sundqvist).
16 Oleochemical and Petrochemical Surfactants: An Overall Assessment (Erwan Saouter, Gert Van Hoof, Mark Stalmans and Alan Brunskill).
17 Assessment of Bio-Based Packaging Materials (Andreas Detzel, Martina Krüger and Axel Ostermayer).
18 Assessment of Biotechnology-Based Chemicals (Peter Saling and Andreas Kicherer).
19 Assessment of Bio-Based Pharmaceuticals: The Cephalexin Case (Alle Bruggink and Peter Nossin).
20 Conclusions (Jo Dewulf and Herman Van Langenhove).
Herman Van Langenhove Department of Organic Chemistry, Ghent University, Belgium.