Industrial ecology & the automobile

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This new text uses the automobile, a major component of industrialized society, as a case study to examine the relationship between industry and environment. It examines the impacts of production and use, as well as the questions of designing with the environment in mind. Although the focus is on the automobile, the concepts, suggestions, and insights are appropriate to all technologies.
AUTOMOBILES AND SOCIETAL STRUCTURES
1. Humanity on the Move
2. Industrial Ecology
3. Culture, Psychology, and the Automobile
4. Automotive Technology as a System
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
5. The Evolution of the Automobile
6. The Evolution of the Automotive Infrastructure
DESIGN FOR ENVIRONMENT
7. Choosing Materials
8. Environmental Interactions During Manufacture
9. Energy Consumption
10. Environmental Interactions During Product Use
11. Designing for Recycling
12. How Green Is the Automobile and its Infrastructure?
FUTURE PROSPECTS
13. The Future of the Automobile and Its Infrastructure
Epilogue
APPENDICES
Appendix A: Environmentally Responsible Product Matrix
Appendix B: Conversion Factors and Units of Measure
Index
  • Shows that an industrial system must be viewed not in isolation from its surrounding systems, but in concert with them.
  • Outlines a systems view in which one seeks to optimize the total materials cycle - from materials to components and whole products, through obsolescence and disposal, focuses on resources, energy, and capital as factors to be optimized.
  • Explores various experiences encountered by the automobile industry in designing an automobile with the environment in mind. Considers: What choices are desirable? Which decisions work? Which are difficult to implement? Where is more research needed?
  • Places automobiles in the context of broad societal structures - economics, psychology, culture.
  • Provides historical perspectives on the evolution of the