D102IZ - Industrial Ecology

Course specification
Course titleIndustrial Ecology
Study programme
Lecturer (for classes)
Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
    Lecturer/Associate (for OTC)
      ConditionnoОблик условљености
      The goalThe course aims at presenting the developments in research and application in the field of Industrial ecology and discussing the role of Industrial ecology in strategic sustainable development on a global scale as well as for strategies for manufacturing industries. The course provide students with an overview of various applications of Industrial ecology, with analytical tools, particularly Life Cycle Assessment and Carbon Footprinting, to evaluate the sustainability of industrial processes.
      The outcomeAt the end of this course, students will be able to: distinguish between industrial ecology, and other terms such as pollution prevention or cleaner production; discuss the main research themes in industrial ecology; identify and have a basic understanding of the tools used in industrial ecology; illustrate the importance of the entire development cycle, from planning through to operation, in achieving a successful eco-industrial park; critically analyse municipal, provincial, and federal environmental, industrial, and planning policy to determine how it could better support applied industrial ecology; articulate the role of applied industrial ecology in supporting our journey to sustainability. ;
      Contents of lecturesDiscussion of similarities between ecological systems and industrial systems with the emphasis on material cycles, energy flow, pollution prevention, organizational structures, and environmental management. Fundamentals of natural ecosystems as models for the design, creation and operation of industrial systems and how industries can learn from their natural counterpart. Rationales of environmental performance evaluation tools including life cycle assessment, environmental cost accounting, and systems analysis. It will cover the topics of: 1) Life-cycle assessment, 2) Environmentally-conscious technology, and 3) industrial ecodesign (e.g., residual product, resource recovery, contaminated site remediation, resources conservation). ;
      Contents of exercises
      1. Lecture notes
      2. Graedel, T.E. and B.R. Allenby. Industrial Ecology, 2nd Edition, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2002
      3. Giudice F., G. La Rosa and Risitano A., Product Design for the Environment-A Life Cycle Approach, CRC-Taylor&Francis, 2006
      4. Articles from relevant scientific journals
      Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
      LecturesExercisesOTCStudy and ResearchOther classes
      Methods of teachinglectures, consultations
      Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
      Pre obligationsPointsFinal examPoints
      Activites during lecturesTest paper55
      Practical lessonsOral examination