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Research projects carried out by or within the
Sustainable Industrial Systems group


Current and Completed Research Projects

Designing sustainable supply chains
The project aims to optimise the design and maximise re-use of products and materials in different supply chains, to help reduce the use of resources and the amount of waste.
GreenPREG: Innovative Green Fibre Composites
The GreenPREG project aims to develop a production process for a novel type of Fibre Reinforced Plastics (FRP) with significantly increased recyclability and lower environmental impacts compared to traditional FRP and other alternative materials
CSEF: Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains
4CU: A Coordinated, Comprehensive approach to Carbon Capture and Utilisation
BIO-MIMETIC: New bio-inspired processes and products from renewable feedstocks
Petrol based glue and energy consumption reduction in diapers production processes
Highly Efficient Ovens (HEO)
Green Metallurgy
This project is developing light-weight magnesium-based structural elements that can be used in place of automotive parts made of steel or cast iron.
BIOCHEM has developed a toolkit for SMEs in the bio-technology sector
PUrE Intrawise: An Integrated Framework for Improving Sustainability of the Indoor Environment
The aim of the PUrE Intrawise consortium is to develop an integrated decision-support framework for more sustainable management of indoor pollution associated with the provision, conservation and use of energy in buildings.
SPRIng: Sustainability Assessment of Nuclear Power: An Integrated Approach
This consortium project has developed an integrated decision-support framework for assessing the sustainability of nuclear power relative to other energy options such as fossil fuels and renewables.
CCaLC: Carbon Calculations over the Life Cycle of Industrial Activities
CCaLC is a carbon fooprinting tool that enables quick and easy estimations of the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions along the whole supply chain.
PUrE: Pollutants in the Urban Environment
Pollutants in the Urban Environment (PUrE) has developed an integrated decision-support framework that enables more sustainable management of urban pollution.

Current and Completed PhD Projects

Sustainable Options for Micro-Polygeneration Systems in Remote Communities
Optimising the Sustainability of the British Diet
Sustainability Issues in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus
The main aim of this project is to identify sustainability issues in the food-energy-water nexus and to make recommendations on how energy, water and environmental impacts from food production and consumption can be minimised.
Life Cycle Sustainability Management: Towards Eco-Efficient Confectionary Supply Chains
The aim of this project is to identify eco-efficient solutions for the confectionery products sector, taking into account life cycle environmental impacts and economic costs of different product categories.
Improving Sustainability in the Food Service Sector
This project seeks to identify opportunities for improving sustainability in the food service sector by reducing environmental impacts and improving socio-economic benefits along supply chains
Life Cycle Sustainability in the Baby Food Sector
The aim of this project is to assess the sustainability of baby food production and consumption.
Identifying Sustainable Electricity Options for Chile
This project aims to identify sustainable electricity options for Chile by assessing the sustainability of current and future electricity technologies appropriate for Chile.
Sustainability Assessment of Shale Gas in the UK Energy Market
The aim of this project is to assess the sustainability of shale gas in the UK and how this could impact the domestic energy market
Sustainability Assessment of Wastewater Treatment Techniques for Removal of Pollution from Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs)
The main objective of this work is to identify more sustainable water treatment options for removal of PPCPs in Europe.
Assessing the Sustainability of Current and Future Electricity Options for Turkey
This project aims to assess the life cycle sustainability of the current and future electricity sector in Turkey up to 2050.
Sustainable Consumption and Production of Convenience Food: Ready-Made Meals
The aim of this research is to develop a methodology for assessing the sustainability of different production and consumption patterns in the food industry, focusing on the ready-made meals sector.
Bridging the Urban and Rural Divide: Sustainable Utilisation of Biomass and Waste for Energy Provision in Cities
This project looks into how biomass from rural areas, such as energy crops and agricultural waste, could provide sustainable energy to cities.
Energy from Microgeneration: Sustainability and Perceptions in the UK
This research investigates barriers to achieving micro-generation installation targets in the UK and opportunities for overcoming them.
Sustainable Energy Supply in the UK Residential Sector: Balancing Environmental Impacts, Security of Supply and Socio-Economic Benefits
The aim of this research is to assess the sustainability of energy supply in the UK residential sector and understand better any trade-offs between different dimensions of sustainability.
Life Cycle Environmental and Economic Sustainability Assessment of Micro-Generation Technologies in the UK Domestic Sector
This work involves assessing the sustainability of the current and future micro-generation options in terms of their life cycle environmental, economic and social impacts.
Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment in the UK Beverage Sector
This research has involved environmental, economic and social sustainability in the UK drinks sector. The beverages considered are water, fizzy drinks, beer, wine and whisky.
Sustainability Assessment Framework for the Residential Construction Sector in the UK
Taking a life cycle approach, this work provides a comprehensive sustainability assessment of the construction sector with the focus on residential buildings.
Evaluation of the Sustainability of Controlling Diffuse Water Pollution in Urban Areas on a Life Cycle Basis
This research has evaluated the life cycle sustainability of different structural options for controlling diffuse water pollution in developing countries, with Mexico city used as a case study
A Participatory Design Framework: Incorporating Public Views Into the Design of Nuclear Power Plants
This multidisciplinary research involves combining aspects of nuclear engineering, sociology and psychology to gain a deeper understanding of the disparity between expertly calculated risk and the perception of risk by the lay-public.
Sustainability Assessment of Integrated Bio-refineries
This study provides an assessment of economic, environmental and social implications of integrated bio-refineries along the supply chains.
Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Electricity Generation: A Methodology and an Application in the UK Context
This study has developed sustainability indicators by which the environmental, techno-economic and social impacts of electricity generation can be measured. Scenarios up to 2070 have been developed to assess the sustainability of future electricity mix in the UK.
Sustainability Assessment of Nuclear Power in the UK Using an Integrated Multi-Criteria Decision-Support Framework
This study has looked into the sustainability of nuclear power relative to other electricity options in an integrated UK electricity system with particular focus on sustainability priorities for different stakeholders.
Sustainability Assessment of Electricity Options for Mexico: Current Situation and Future Scenarios
This study has involved life cycle sustainability assessment of current and future electricity sector in Mexico. Scenario and multi-criteria decision analyses have been used to identify sustainable electricity pathways up to 2050.