Odense, Denmark

Engineering – Engineering for Sustainability

blended course
when 3 August 2020 - 14 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC

Blended: this course is offered both online and on campus. If physical presence is not possible, the course will still run online.

We believe that engineers can contribute to creating sustainable solutions for our future. This requires understanding of the interactions between technologies and systems with the world on a global scale. It requires a holistic approach, getting an insight in the consequences of our decisions: How can we create a solution that solves one problem without generating another problem somewhere else?

The course provides you with skills for understanding the challenges of sustainable development. You will get an introduction to Environmental System Analysis theory, methods and tools. You will learn when and how to apply such methods to the engineering tasks of assessing and designing sustainable solutions. We apply a systems approach throughout the course, and you will get insight in some of the societal frameworks and concepts to sustainability such as Industrial Ecology, Industrial Symbiosis, Circular Economy and Bio-Economy as well as the concept of Cleaner Technology/Best Available Technology and its role in EU environmental regulation. You will get an introduction to some of the core tools, e.g. Material Flow Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment. Further, you will get a good insight in the advanced Danish initiatives of sustainable development of the societal infrastructure systems such as energy and waste management systems.

The course is run by researchers from SDU Life Cycle Engineering. The aim of our research is to optimize engineering solutions with concerns for their resource consumption, energy efficiency and impacts on climate and environment. We strive to develop the knowledge and methods for achieving this insight from an overall holistic perspective. We are engaged in exciting projects in various areas, and we will include relevant examples from our ongoing projects in the course to give you an impression of “what’s going on right now” in these fields.

Course leader

Gang Liu (gli@kbm.sdu.dk)

Target group

You must have completed at least two years of studies in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences or economics and have an interest in sustainability.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to provide knowledge about:
the history and development of global sustainability challenges (e.g., climate change, water shortage, food security, and energy supply) and policy frameworks/agendas (e.g., circular economy, green economy, bioeconomy, material and energy efficiency, urban sustainability, and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals);
basic concepts, tools, and theories used in environmental system analysis and industrial ecology, especially material flow analysis and life cycle assessment;
environmental impacts related to societal production and consumption activities and sectors (e.g., electronic waste, buildings, and transportation sector);
the system perspective of sustainable development, especially the linkages of different sustainability challenges (including food-energy-water nexus and material-energy nexus).

Be able to work with the following skills to:
choose appropriate environmental system analysis tools for addressing given societal sustainability challenges;
assess framework conditions for a specific industry or societal production and consumption activities;
describe/characterize specific material and energy flows for a given system/problem, identify their impacts on the environment, and explore drivers behind and mitigation strategies from a systems and engineering perspective.

Fee info

EUR 0: Exchange students from a partner university pay no tuition. Guest students pay tuition fees.

NON-EU student: 8635 DKK per course (1160 Euro)

EU Students: 4250 DKK per course (570 Euro)