Engineering for Sustainability

Engineering for Sustainability, 1st Edition

A Practical Guide for Sustainable Design

Engineering for Sustainability, 1st Edition,Gerald Jonker,Jan Harmsen,ISBN9780444538468






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Key Features

  • Provides information on the current consensus on sustainable development for four context levels: Planet, Society, Business and Engineers
  • Offers guidelines for analyzing problems and identifying the best solution for each problem as applicable to a specific situation
  • Provides clear design procedures for implementation of a particular solution
  • Helps engineers to come up with profitable designs which meet environmental constraints
  • Presents the information that engineers need to meet energy, water, food, health, and other basic human needs


This book provides engineers with the necessary information to design sustainable processes, products and value chains. It describes the current consensus on sustainable development for four context levels: Planet, Society, Business, and Engineers. It also presents all required design steps: from problem definition, via synthesis of potential solutions, analysis of solutions, improvements to the final solution evaluation. For each design step, methods and guidelines are provided in relation to the goal of obtaining a sustainable solution; a solution that meets both the needs of people and all specific context constraints with regard to the planet and prosperity.


Engineering students in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, aerospace engineering, industrial engineering, and product engineering

Gerald Jonker

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Jan Harmsen

Jan Harmsen is currently the Director of Harmsen Consultancy B.V., Leonardo da Vinci Chair Sustainable Chemical Technology at the University of Groningen, and Chairman of the Dutch Process Technology Association (NPT). From 1996 to 2010 he was the Principal Process Developer, Shell Technology Center Amsterdam. Recently he pubished the books: Jan Harmsen, Industrial Process Scale-up: A practical innovation guide from idea to commercial implementation, Elsevier, (2013), ISBN 9780444627261. Gerald Jonker and Jan Harmsen, Engineering for Sustainability. A practical guide for sustainable design, Elsevier, (2012), ISBN 9780444538468.

Affiliations and Expertise

Harmsen Consultancy B.V., The Netherlands

Engineering for Sustainability, 1st Edition



About the Authors

Chapter 1. Introduction

Role of Engineers

Exploring Sustainability

Overview of Making a Sustainable Design

Chapter 2. Setting up a Design Assignment

Challenges for a Sustainable Design

Design Process as Team work

Setting Goal and Scope

Sustainability Constraints

Chapter 3. Structuring the Sustainability Context

Background of Context Levels

Context Level Planet

Context Level Society

Context Level Business

Context Level Engineers

Chapter 4. Creating Design Solutions

Design Synthesis

Preliminary Solutions Assessment

Quick Scan Life Cycle Assessment

Evaluation of the Design

Chapter 5. Acquiring Sustainable Design Competences

Teaching Sustainable Development

Sustainability Complexity Transferred into Design Competences

Hints on Acquiring Key Competences



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