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Design for the Environment

Introduction

The aim of this course is to train a new generation of product designers and managers who will play a major role in the move towards sustainable development. Product managers need to integrate the needs of the customer with those of the environment to ensure that the society can reach a more balanced trade-off between economy and environment. An appreciation of sustainable business practice, energy, design, materials and life cycle analysis is key to this. New eco-friendly products and clean production technologies need to be developed and utilised in our drive towards sustainable development at national and global level.

Objectives

On completion of the module, successful participants will be able to:

  • Identify and understand the economical and strategic business reasons for reducing the impacts of products and manufacturing processes on the environment at local, national and global levels
  • Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of sustainable methods of designing, manufacturing, marketing, disposal and recovery of products and take advantage of eco-product design and clean manufacturing technologies in eco-product design and manufacture process
  • Articulate and manage the necessary paradigm shift in the design of new products and processes and the steer company / organisation towards sustainable product design, development and business operations
  • Devise strategies for eco-products and clean processes to prevent environmental costs and improve competitiveness and environmental performance of the company / organisation

Contents

  • Introduction to Design for Environment
  • Sustainability and Coporate Responsibility
  • Sustainability and Coporate Responsibility: Automotive Case Study
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Energy Generation and Use
  • Green Energy in Industry
  • Eco Design and Green Manufacturing
  • Principles of Green Process Design and Engineering
  • Applications / Case Study in the Process Industry
  • Metals and Rare Earth Elements
  • Polymer, Composites and Sustainable Materials
  • Green Product Design
  • Product Perception and Evaluaion

Module Lead: Dr Rohit Bhagat