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Author Allwood, Julian M.
Title Sustainable materials with both eyes open / Julian M. Allwood, Jonathan M. Cullen ; with Mark A. Carruth ... [and others].
Imprint Cambridge, England : UIT Cambridge Ltd., [2012]

Author Allwood, Julian M.
Subject Materials -- Environmental aspects.
Sustainable engineering.
Sustainable design.
Renewable energy sources.
Sustainable living.
Alt Name Cullen, Jonathan M.
Carruth, Mark A.
University of Cambridge. Engineering Department.
Description 373 pages : color illustrations, music ; 23 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-365) and index.
Contents The World of Materials. Material wealth and health ; Scale, uncertainty and estimation ; Our uses of steel and aluminum ; Metal journeys ; Energy and emissions ; Where does the money go? . -- With One Eye Open. Energy efficiency ; Opportunities for capturing heat ; Novel process routes ; Carbon sequestration ; Future energy use and emissions. -- With Both Eyes Open. Using less metal by design ; Reducing yield losses ; Diverting manufacturing scrap ; Re-using metal components ; Longer life products ; Reducing final demand ; Options for change ; Future energy use and emissions. -- Other Materials. Cement ; Plastic ; Paper. -- Creating a Sustainable Material Future. Business activity evaluation ; The influence of policy ; The actions of individuals.
Summary This is a follow-up book to the author's Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air, which had a large influence on both government policy and public opinion of how we should plan our energy for the future. This book faces up to the impacts of making materials in the 21st century. We are already making materials well, but demand keeps growing and we need to plan for a sustainable material future. The steel and aluminium industries alone account for nearly 30 per cent of global emissions, and demand is rising. The world target is to reduce industry's carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2050. However, projections are that world demand for materials will double by 2050, so to meet our emissions target, we have to achieve a 4-fold reduction in emissions per unit of material used: industry will have to make huge changes, not just to the processes involved, but to the entire product life-cycle. This book presents a vision of change for how future generations can still use steel, cement, plastics etc., but with less impact on the environment. First it is a wake-up call, then it is a solutions manual. The solutions presented here are ahead of the game now. By providing an evidence-based vision of change, this book can play a significant role in influencing our energy future.
ISBN 9781906860059 (pbk.)
190686005X (pbk.)
9781906860073 (hbk.)
1906860076 (hbk.)
OCLC # 757473636