Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials and Resources 4 Toward a Circular Economy


会议名称:Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials and Resources 4 Toward a Circular Economy




所在城市:Indianapolis, Indiana


联系人:Shannon Kiley



This two-day program will be a platform where engineering societies as well as global organizations with a stake in the world's future can shape perspectives on the challenges that we face today to help navigate sustainable pathways to solve them. The focus of this conference will be the exchange of innovative circular economy solutions that contribute to competitive advantages.

Circular economy aspects that will be targeted are material optimization, energy efficiency and sustainable process optimization.

Material Optimization includes opportunities such as waste reduction and diversion, material reuse and life cycle considerations, and cross-sector flow opportunities.

Energy Efficiency considers fuel and electricity savings and the use of renewable energy.

Sustainable Process Optimization includes removal of toxics, enhancing biodiversity and improving the health of stakeholders.


Call for Papers

The Organizing Committee for the Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials and Resources (ESS: M&R 4) has released a call for papers for the upcoming “Towards a Circular Economy” symposium/workshop. A circular economy has been defined as “an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, and then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.”*

Submissions are invited on pertinent topics with a focus on Engineering Solutions to promote a circular economy, including the following:

Basics of a circular economy and an integrated materials and energy flow

Raw material and energy inputs

Efficient raw materials and energy production and delivery

Materials and energy efficient design

Feasible engineering solutions to address challenges and improve effectiveness

“Low-waste” production, remanufacturing, management and resource recovery

Enhanced distribution systems for input materials and energy, manufactured goods, and materials recovery and reuse

Addressing challenges of use, consumption, reuse, repair and waste

Improved waste collection and recycling systems

Performance metrics

Interdependence of sectors and vision for sustainable development

Cross-sectoral flows and linkages

Water-land-energy nexus and bridging philosophical gaps

Effective public policy measures

Education and research

Integration of sustainability in an organization's business plan

Case studies from energy and mineral fuels, industrial minerals, stone and aggregates, chemicals, metals, food, bio-based materials, and other industries