Aside from an in-depth introduction describing the concept of sustainability, the course will cover two main domains: : (1) the technological opportunities for material recycling and (2) instruments for (integrated) sustainability assessment.
The technological possibilities for recycling are highlighted from both current practice as well as international state-of-the-art research. Both organic and inorganic materials are discussed.
The instruments for sustainability assessment are predominantly life cycle assessment (LCA), to estimate the environmental impact, and tchno-economic analysis, to evaluate the economic performance. Different metrics are discussed, as well as methods to integrate both sustainability aspects.
The last part of the course focuses on hands-on integration of sustainability aspects within engineering and design, by e.g. mathematical optimization methods.