The world may be approaching a critical threshold that will make it difficult to provide adequate food, energy, and water for a human population that is increasing in size and per capita consumption. It is well-known that food, energy, and water (FEW) systems are interconnected. Energy production is often water consumptive (e.g., biofuels, hydropower) while making water available for utilization requires energy. Food adds another layer of complexity with all three dependent on each other.
This course will focus on providing a holistic perspective of the FEW nexus. Starting with the basic understanding of sustainability, we will highlight the sustainability challenges in a FEW systems. Subsequently, we will focus on various approaches available to engineers and decision-makers for addressing this nexus.
We will focus on life cycle assessment based approaches, optimization, and industrial ecology-based approaches, as well as economic approaches. We will also discuss how these ideas can be incorporated into education. The course will be highly interactive and will include hands-on sessions, debates, and several case studies from various disciplines.
- Sustainability: Introduction (6 hours)
- Human well-being and sustainability
- Sustainability definitions and perspectives
- Trade-offs in sustainable development
- Sustainability challenges in FEW systems
- Life cycle assessment based tools (6 hours)
- LCA: Need and advantages
- Goal & scope, inventory, and impact assessment
- Software & databases: Hands-on sessions
- Case studies: LCA for FEW sustainability
- Optimization-based tools (6 hours)
- Theory of optimization
- Multi-objective optimization
- Case studies: Optimization for FEW sustainability
- Economics and policy-based tools (6 hours)
- Basics of environmental economics
- Policy alternatives
- Case studies: Economic solutions for FEW sustainability
- Integrated assessment (3 hours)
- Systems dynamics (SD) for integrated assessment
- Case studies in SD for FEW sustainability
Who can Attend?
The course would benefit many across various disciplines of science and technology. It is of interest to serving teachers and researchers, PG and doctoral students, and laboratory scientists. Participants from various branches of engineering, including chemical, civil, environmental, mechanical, and industrial, as well as fields such as biotechnology and business administration will find this course useful.
To register online, click here.
The last date to register is November 24, 2019.
Phone Number: 022 2572 2545