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Industrial ecology and sustainable development


ECTS Credits : 4

Duration : 36 hours

Semester : S7

Person(s) in charge :

Philippe SESSIECQ, Associate professor,

Keywords :

 Industrial ecology, sustainable development, life cycle analysis, waste recycling and recovery

Prerequisites : first year course

Objectives : Process engineering for industral ecology

Program and content :

The “end of pipe” approach or pollution transfer approach :

- concepts of process engineering: mass balance, energy balance, reactors

- application to effluents treatment processes (liquid, solid and gaseous ones)

- limits of these approaches

From Sustainable Development to Regulated Adaptive Development

- Conceptual framework of Industrial Ecology

- Combination of systemic analysis and Life Cycle Analysis: “Overall Process” approach

- Best available technologies: concept and limits - Ecodesign

- Recycling: advantages and limits

- Concept of secondary raw materials and new energetic vectors

Case studies

Multi-energy platform

Energy recovery of biomass and CO2




Description and operational vocabulary


the equations describing global and local mass, energy and momentum balances. Conceptual framework of industrial ecology.


The concepts driving process engineering and industrial ecology. The principle of pollution transfer


Size industrial units for effluents treatment.
Be able to use the principles of industrial ecology.


Evaluate environmental impacts and calculate sustainable development indicators leading to process and political choices.


Total redesign of industrial processes (energy, raw materials and products flows) towards a rational use of energy and effluents 



Evaluation :

  • Written test
  • Continuous Control
  • Oral report
  • Project
  • Written report
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