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Renewables–Based Technology. Sustainability Assessment. Wiley Series in Renewable Resource

  • ID: 2170364
  • Book
  • 384 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The concepts ′renewable recources′ and ′sustainability′ are receiving much attention by academia, governments and industry. With the current rate of consumption we have fossil oil reserves left for 40 years. Renewable resources are of key importance for the development of a sustainable society and it is vital that governmental and business decision–makers are equiped with adequate assessment tools.

Renewables–Based Technology: Sustainability Assessment brings together and evaluates the main sustainability assessment methods and techniques in one volume.

Structured into three main section, Part One introduces the quantitative assessment of renewables, their potential as feedstock for industry, and an overview of sustainability performance indicators. Part Two introduces the key sustainability methods and techniques that are currently used. Part Three contextualises these methods by providing case studies that are set within the major industries benefiting from renewables.

  • Links the two issues of sustainability assessment and renewable resources.
  • Includes case studies from the major industries that can benefit from using renewable resources, such as agriculture, biotechnology, food packaging, energy–biofuel, bio–polymer, bio–pharmaceutical and organic waste treatment.
  • Written by a global team of authors from academia, governmental departments, research centres and international companies.

This book will be a main source of information for professionals from a range of agricultural, chemistry, chemical and process industries. Also researchers within departments of agriculture, chemistry, chemical engineering, food technology, environmental technology, who are looking at sustainability or clean technology issues.It will also be a valuable reference for upper–level undergraduate and Master students. 

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Series Preface.


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).

Part IV:Conclusions.

20 Conclusions (Jo Dewulf and Herman Van Langenhove).


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Jo Dewulf
Herman Van Langenhove
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