Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces you to the concepts of sustainability and cleaner production as applied in an industrial context. The course explores the potential role of engineers in the development of sustainable technologies, with a focus on energy and resources. Process impacts including atmospheric pollution and water use are also considered in addition to greenhouse gas emissions from a variety of energy technology types. Quantitative tools to optimise chemical processes are outlined to increase resource use efficiency.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the concepts of sustainability and cleaner production, and the challenges that engineers face in applying these concepts in an industrial and societal context

2. Show familiarity with the concept of cleaner production and how to apply it to real life applications

3. Exhibit an understanding of basic principles of green engineering applied to product design and manufacturing processes

4. Quantify environment flows using appropriate mass and energy analysis

5. Assess different energy sources in their ability to deliver clean and reliable electricity and heating/cooling utilities

6. Optimise industrial heat exchanger systems in order to reduce overall energy consumption

7. Critically analyse environmental emissions and develop simple methodologies to reduce these emissions

8. Present clear arguments to support the findings of analysis undertaken as part of an open-ended Case Study


Topics to be covered in this course include:

  • State of the world, role of engineers and sustainable engineering principles.
  • Life cycle analysis (concepts and application).
  • Analysis of fossil fuel and renewable energy technology impacts.
  • Pinch technology and Heat Exchanger Network (HEN) analysis.
  • Evaluating and comparing energy technologies for sustainability.
  • Sustainable hydrogen production and use.
  • Case Study.


This course replaces CHEE2931. If you have successfully completed CHEE2931 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

MATH1110 Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 1 and MATH1120 Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 2 or equivalent

CHEM1010 Introductory Chemistry I and CHEM1020 Introductory Chemistry II

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz #1 - #3

Written Assignment: Case Study

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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