Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)

University of Orleans, France

29 June - 2 July, 2015

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Title: Teaching Circularity using CES EduPack

Presenters: Dr Ana Pereira, Dr Claes Fredriksson

Abstract: In a world of finite resources, a new systematic perspective that replaces the concept of waste with one of restoration and reduces the use of raw materials is of great interest. One such perspective, known as the Circular Economy, is restorative by intent and design. Materials use and engineering will play a key role in the transition to this paradigm. Hence, helping engineering students to understand a circular material economy and its implications is an important part of Sustainable Development and Design teaching.

Closing loops of material flows is central to Circular Economy. These loops can be analysed in terms of mass flow, if you are interested in resource issues or logistics, but also in terms of, for example, energy use, carbon emissions or cost. In this paper, we have explored a way to use the Eco Audit tool from the widely used CES EduPack educational software as a means to analyse energy use and carbon emissions based on a Bill of Materials for a given product, some basic production data and product life scenarios.

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