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    Cleaner Production and Green Technology
    ENVR S891F
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    Cleaner Production and Green Technology
    Course Start Date
    Aut 2020
    Course Level
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Sum 2020
    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2020
    Postgraduate 2 terms 20
    Sum 2020

    Course Coordinator: Dr Chan Ping Lung, BSc (Hons) CUHK, M.A. HKBU, M.Phil CUHK, PhD HKU

    Important notes
    This course will be taught through a part-time face-to-face mode. The course will be presented in English. However, learning materials and references related to relevant technological developments in China might be in written Chinese. Lectures will be scheduled on weekday evenings, Saturdays or Sundays.

    ENVR S891F is a course designed for the Postgraduate Certificate programme in Energy and Environmental Sustainability. This course covers extensive knowledge of cleaner production and pollution prevention concepts. This course also analyses technological solutions that do not give rise to industrial pollution, or which require fewer resources to produce products or services. Life-cycle assessment, environmental management systems, environmental auditing, technological change and sustainable development will be studied in detail with the help of cases, field surveys, site visits and mini-projects.

    The course aims to enable students to:

    • Review, investigate and evaluate environmental issues in the process industries, as well as methodologies to analyse and reduce environmental impacts;

    • Consolidate, apply and deal with material and energy balance to determine the main sources, flows, stocks and emissions of man- made and natural materials;

    • Review and develop energy and environmental strategies, and critically evaluate their advantages and disadvantages in production processes;

    • Apply and extend knowledge of eco-design strategies and green technologies in industries and business;

    • Review critically and carry out research in the competence in cleaner production methodology application;

    • Review and consolidate the roles of the government and private sectors in cleaner production development;

    • Evaluate resource consumption and materials throughput of economies for research and applications

    Course content
    The course will cover the following topics:

    • Overview of environmental sustainability

    • Introduction to global warming and zero emissions

    • Principles of pollution prevention and cleaner production

    • Waste identification and minimization

    • Introduction to life-cycle assessment and eco-design

    • Environmental legislation and economic aspects of cleaner production, with particular reference to Hong Kong and mainland China

    • Introduction to methods and tools for cleaner production

    • Determination of hazardous substances according to RoHS and WEEE directives

    • Cleaner production assessment, with case studies of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta

    • Basic concepts of industrial ecology

    • Introduction to environmental and green technology

    • Introduction to low carbon technology

    • Carbon-neutral technology and practices

    • Carbon audit of buildings

    Course assessment
    The course assessment will be divided into a continuous assessment (50%) portion and a final examination (50%). The continuous assessment portion will include one assignment (10%), report of practical exercises (10%) and a mini-project that includes an oral presentation (10%) and a written report (20%). A final examination lasting three hours will be conducted at the end of the course. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

    Students will need access to a personal computer or electronic devices with an Internet connection.

    Set book(s)
    There are no set books for this course.

    Students with disabilities or special educational needs
    The lab work and field trips may be a problem if you have impaired vision or hearing, or difficulty walking. You should seek advice from the Course Coordinator before enrolling on the course. All possible support and help will be given to you.

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