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Title Sustainable metals management : securing our future - steps towards a closed loop economy / edited by Arnim von Gleich, Robert U. Ayres and Stefan Gössling-Reisemann
Published Dordrecht : Springer, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 607 pages) : illustrations, map
Series Eco-efficiency in industry and science ; v. 19
Eco-efficiency in industry and science ; v. 19
Contents Outlines of a Sustainable Metals Industry; Metallic Raw Materials -- Constituents of Our Economy; Aluminium; Prospects for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry; Towards a Sustainable Copper Industry?; An Application of Exergy Accounting to Five Basic Metal Industries; Entropy as a Measure for Resource Consumption -- Application to Primary and Secondary Copper Production; Dematerialization of the Metals Turnover; Sustainability Strategies in Field Trial; Limits of Metal Recycling; Secondary Materials in Steel Production and Recycling; Optimisation Possibilities of Copper Smelting and -Processing
The Hamburger Aluminium-Werk GMBH's Contribution to a Sustainable Closed Loop Aluminium SystemSustainable Use of Copper; Heavy Metals in the Netherlands; Toxic Effects of Metals and Metal Compounds; Metallurgical Plants and Chemicals Industry as Challenges to Environmental Protection in the 19th Century; Copper Mining and Metallurgy in Prehistoric and the More Recent Past; Social and Ecological Consequences of the B
Summary Metals have been essential to human civilisation for many thousands of years. With a broad range of applications they have found their way into virtually every aspect of our daily lives. Their durable and recyclable properties should make them ideal materials for a sustainable economy. But can metals live up to this promise? What are the economic, ecological, and social implications of their increasing use? How can we secure the supply of high-quality metals in the future? Do we need substitutes for scarce or especially toxic metals? We will face many such questions on the path towards sustainable production, trade and use of metals. This book brings together experts from many fields, with sometimes controversial opinions, to discuss the conditions and limits of a sustainable metals management. The ideas and goals of sustainability are not only explained theoretically, but also applied to various stages of the metal making and trading process. The unique feature of this book is its focus on the practical issues of sustainability and the eminent role that companies play in this respect. Experts take a look at the history of metals and metals processing, analyse the current flows and trends of their use, and try to predict future developments in production and trade. Others assess the ecological and social effects of their production and use, highlight the need for international and inter-organisational thinking, and lay out more efficient ways of pursuing this. All the contributors of this book are united by a common goal: making metals an economically, ecologically, and socially safe choice for the 21st century. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the short-term and long-term development of the production, trade and use of metals. It provides a wealth of information on the market, the ecological repercussions of the industry, and the social implications of the production and trade of metals. It is thus a valuable source for decision makers, scientists and campaigners in this field
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Print version record
Subject Mineral industries -- Environmental aspects.
Metals -- Environmental aspects.
Industrial ecology.
Form Electronic book
Author Gleich, Arnim von, 1949-
Ayres, Robert U.
Gössling-Reisemann, Stefan.
LC no. 2007451203
ISBN 1402040075 (Cloth)
9781402040078 (Cloth)