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Greening the Industrial Facility

Perspectives, Approaches, and Tools

Graedel, Thomas, Howard-Grenville, Jennifer

2005, XII, 618 p.

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This book fills a critical gap as a textbook and reference book on the comprehensive environmental impacts of industrial organizations. It is intended for both upper-level undergraduate and beginning graduate students in environmental studies or engineering, and, more broadly, for practicing managers and engineers seeking to improve industrial processes. Nineteen chapters, each focusing on an industrial sector, from resource extraction through fabrication and manufacturing to recycling, evaluate the sector’s inherent "potential to pollute" by providing an overview of typical sector operations and their environmental implications. Beyond outlining and providing frameworks for assessing industrial facilities’ contemporary interactions with the environment (energy and water use, material throughput and hazard, and pollution potential), the book provides forward-looking analyses concerning how new technologies and practices can transform environmentally degrading effects of industry. It also addresses how managers can navigate these changes and move their industrial organizations towards environmental sustainability over the long term. The pedagogical approach emphasizes facility visits and subsequent reports that make use of the book’s analytical tools.

Topics in the book include the following:
-Key topics in greening the industrial facility
-Regulatory compliance
-Pollution prevention
-Life-cycle assessment of products, processes, and facilities
-Sustainability assessments
-Industrial sector analysis (19 sector-specific chapters from Agriculture to Textiles)
-The future of industry and environmental issues.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Industrie - Management - Technologie - Textil - electronics - environment - environmental management - life-cycle assessment (LCA) - organization

Related subjects » Biotechnology - Environmental Science & Engineering - Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Pollution and Remediation - Production & Process Engineering

Table of contents 

to Industry and Environmental Issues.- Technology and the Environment.- Key Topics and Approaches in Greening the Industrial Facility.- Approaches and Tools for Industrial Environmental Management.- The Starting Point.- The Next Step.- Facility Assessment from the Life-Cycle Perspective.- Sustainability-Related Performance.- Sustainability Assessments.- Industrial Sector Analysis.- Fossil Fuel Extraction and Processing.- Power Generation.- Metal Ore Extraction and Processing.- Inorganic Minerals and Chemicals.- Petrochemicals.- Agriculture.- Food Processing.- Textiles and Leathers.- Sand and Glass.- Fabricated Metal Products.- Fabricated Plastic Products.- Electronics.- Synthetic Organic Chemicals.- Assembled Products.- Forest Products and Printing.- Packaging and Shipping.- Industrial, Residential, and Infrastructure Construction.- The Remanufacturing and Recycling Industry.- Advanced Materials, Processes, and Products.- The Future of Industry and Environmental Issues.- The Industries of 2050.- Achieving Industrial Change.

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