Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Section I Education and Outreach

  3. Section II Water

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Keith R. Cooper
      Pages 115-116
    3. Andrea Micangeli, Nicola Iannuzzo, Stefano Esposto
      Pages 117-136
    4. Peter A. Wilderer, Martin Grambow, Wei Meng
      Pages 195-209
    5. Andrea Micangeli, Simone Grego, Stefano Esposto
      Pages 211-245
    6. A. Peter Wilderer, Martin Grambow, Wei Meng
      Pages 247-257
  4. Section III Sustainable Products and Sustainable Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259

About this book


"The efficient utilization of energy, sustainable use of natural resources, and large-scale  adoption of sustainable technologies is the key to a sustainable future. The Handbook of Sustainable Engineering provides tools that will help us achieve these goals".

Nobel Prize  Winner Dr. R.K. Pauchauri, Chairman, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

As global society confronts the challenges of diminishing resources, ecological degradation, and climate change, engineers play a crucial role designing and building technologies and products that fulfil our needs for utility and sustainability. The Handbook of Sustainable Engineering equips readers with the context and the best practices derived from both academic research and practical examples of successful implementations of sustainable technical solutions. The handbook’s content revolves around the two themes,  new ways of thinking and new business models, including sustainable production, products, service systems and consumption while addressing key assets based on new materials, optimized resource management, and new energy sources. Contributions reflect a focus on state-of-the art insights into employing smart materials, recycling e-waste, water utilization, solar cells, product lifecycles, transportation and reverse manufacturing. Supportive of this, underlying issues such as engineering education, consumer behaviour and the regulatory climate complete the handbook’s comprehensive treatment of the problems and most promising solutions.


decision making education and outreach energy sources new materials policy resource management sustainable consumption sustainable engineering sustainable production sustainable products sustainable service systems water

Editors and affiliations

  • Joanne Kauffman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kun-Mo Lee
    • 3
  1. 1.Alliance for Global Sustainability (retired), Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S)The University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.ParisFrance
  3. 3.Department of Environmental EngineeringAjou UniversitySuwonKorea

About the editors

Joanne Kauffman: Joanne Kauffman is retired Principal Research Scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she served as Deputy Director of the Lab for Energy and Environment, Lecturer, and Co-executive Director of the Alliance for Global Sustainability. Joanne has recently joined the IR3S (Integrated Research System in Sustainability Science) faculty at The University of Tokyo and is advisor to the program’s book series on Science for Sustainable Societies (Springer)

Kun-Mo Lee: received PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, in 1985. After graduation, he has worked for three years for the US Environmental Protection Agency as a principal research investigator in the area of domestic sewage sludge treatment, in particular, sludge treatment including anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis, and gasification.

Bibliographic information


“The book’s authors and editors accomplished their underlined goals and succeeded in providing integrated view of the whole ‘sustainable engineering’ concept. … The book can be highly recommended for people with engineering background and for environmental enthusiasts. The ‘Handbook of Sustainable Engineering’ combines outstanding research and insights for everyone interested in a sustainable and prosperous future.” (Vladislav Belyaev, foresight, Vol. 17 (3), 2015)