MJ2615 Introduction to Industrial Ecology, larger course 7.5 credits

Introduktion till industriell ekologi, större kurs

The course gives an introduction to Industrial Ecology and presents the developments in research and application in the field of industrial ecology. The course also is discussing the role of industrial ecology in strategic sustainable development on a global scale as well as for strategies for manufacturing industries. The course contains a larger project work in comparison to MJ2611.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Environmental Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

The 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.

After completion of the course the students should be able to:

  • Describe, explain and analyze the similarities and differences between an ecosystem and an industrial system
  • Describe and explain the concepts of industrial ecology(IE)
  • Analyse and discuss practical symbiotic cases from an Industrial Ecology and sustainability perspective
  • Explain and analyse the challenges and opportunities of IE from North-South perspective
  • Describe and explain the interaction between sustainable consumption and production within the framework of IE
  • Describe and evaluate the relevance of IE to the development of a residential housing area
  • Search information from scientific literature related to IE and summarize and analyse in written reports
  • Summarize and orally present own work and critically discuss work done by others related to IE

Course main content

In this course the key concepts and the historical development of industrial ecology will be critically analysed. System tools to support industrial ecology will be briefly reviewed. Examples will be given how industrial ecology have been and can be used to develop long term strategies for the development of technology and for the industrial sector. The interaction between production and consumption as well as IE as a concept for creating the way for making material and energy use more effective than current practice in countries in the North will be discussed.

Eligibility

TSUTM:-

Others: Open for programme students at KTH with at least 150 ECTS or a Bachelor degree for other students

Literature

“Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology, 2016, Editors: Clift, Roland, Druckman, Angela (Eds.) – free access on Springer” http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319205700

Examination

  • PRO2 - Project, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM5 - Assignment + attendance, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Exam, 3.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Examiner

Miguel Mendonca Reis Brandao <miguel.brandao@abe.kth.se>

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2017.