What is sustainable engineering?
Sustainable engineering takes environmental engineering concepts to the next level by looking at the interactions between technical, ecological, social and economic systems and by avoiding shifting problems from one area to the other.
Sustainability means living well within the ecological limits of a finite planet. More than ever, engineers need to find holistic and effective solutions to protect our vital life support systems and, at the same time, meet the needs of a growing human population.
Concepts such as life cycle thinking, industrial ecology and sustainable systems engineering are important elements in the education and work practice of a sustainable engineer.
As an environmental engineer specialised in sustainability, you
- gain a profound understanding of the holistic principles of industrial ecology, resource efficiency, eco-design, risk management and sustainable consumption and production
- understand environmental and sustainability frameworks on corporate and regional sustainable development
- have expert knowledge in sustainability assessment methods and tools, such as life cycle assessment, material flow analysis, environmental footprint and input-output analysis
- work on solutions for problems that matter: climate change, water availability, energy futures, waste management and low-carbon living, etc.