"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives"

Abba Eban
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987
"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb

Integrated Hybrid Life Cycle Optimization for Multi-Scale Sustainability Analytics of Energy Systems
Sun / 01.07. @ 11:30

As evidenced by the recent Paris Agreement on climate change and the public’s increasing interests in carbon footprints, environmental sustainability issues are becoming more prevalent in the thoughts and actions of many people around the world. Systems analysis and optimization methods from a life cycle perspective are playing an increasingly important role in the transition of current energy systems towards a sustainable future. This talk will review recent advances in the area of life cycle optimization for sustainability analytics of energy systems. We will specifically focus on a multi-scale life cycle optimization framework that accounts for and optimizes the direct and indirect environmental impacts from the foreground process systems scale and from the background macroeconomic scale through the integration of process systems optimization with economic input-output-based models. The life cycle optimization methods can also be combined ith computable general equilibrium models for minimizing environmental impacts resulted from the global land use changes. Applications of these general computational frameworks will be illustrated by case studies on bioenergy/biofuels and on shale gas energy systems. We will conclude with a brief review of multi-scale applications of life cycle optimization methods from materials to global scales.

Prof. Fengqi You
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York, United States

Fengqi You is the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York). He was on the faculty of Northwestern University from 2011 to 2016, and worked at Argonne National Laboratory as an Argonne Scholar from 2009 to 2011. He has published more than 110 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, and has an h-index of 43. Some of his research results have been editorially highlighted in Nature, featured on journal covers (e.g. Energy & Environmental Science, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, and Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research), and covered by major media outlets (e.g. The New York Times, BBC, BusinessWeek, and National Geographic). His recent awards include American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) W. David Smith, Jr. Publication Award (2011), Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award (2013), National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2016), AIChE Environmental Division Early Career Award (2017), AIChE Sustainable Engineering Research Excellence Award (2017), and ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship Award (2018), as well as a number of best paper awards and most-cited article recognitions. He is currently an Associate Editor of Computers & Chemical Engineering, a Consulting Editor of AIChE Journal, and an editorial board member of several leading journals (e.g. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering). His research focuses on the development of novel computational models, optimization algorithms, statistical machine learning methods, and systems analysis tools for process manufacturing, energy systems, smart agriculture, and sustainability. More information about his research group can be found from the website:

Blue Green Solutions for the next (nexus) generation cities and corporations; Beyond superficiality and fake news
Mon / 02.07. @ 11:30

This talk presents innovative methodology of integrated urban planning developed in Blue Green Dream project ( and its key product BGS - Blue Green Solutions planning methodology. It addresses and provides solutions for global problems of urban areas of increased pressure on essential resources such as water and food; increased air pollution due to greater use of fossil fuel and polluting transportation; loss of biodiversity; increased risk of ill health due to both physiological and psychological factors related to urban living, further magnified when coupled with adverse effects of climate change of floods, droughts and heat waves which  threat the very fabric of our cities.  

Although claiming otherwise (“fake news”), most of the schemes used by conventional planning are typically mono-functional which do not  map and model potentially synergistic interactions between the intervention and the surrounding environment and they deliver poor quality of urban life and poor value for money. 

Conventional planning “wisdom” relies on “protecting nature” approach which result in high irrecoverable costs. On the contrary, our BGS (“inverse”) approach deploys nature to protect people and urban ecosystems at large reduction of life-cycle costs.

This pioneering, integrated planning methodology (termed Nature Based Solutions or NBS) entails the mapping, quantification and optimisation of interactions between blue green infrastructure installations and the local environment. Key to this planning methodology is a series of planning matrixes one of which is Goal Driven Planning Matrix.

Presented are examples of what we term “missed opportunities” in today’s urban planning practice along with the BGS framework, for  planning innovations, for realising new opportunities which enable full exploitation of all potential urban synergies; much more liveable city, effective with strong business and investment incentives.

Illustrative examples of BG (nexus) solutions  (beyond “fake news”) cover individual buildings, small and large developments, multifunctional systems such sport centres, university campuses, residential and industrial sites, multifunctional urban metabolic hubs (WWTP—Waste Water Treatment Plants)  and retrofitting of old traditional arts of cities with high cultural heritage values.

Prof. Čedo Maksimović
Imperial College
London, United Kingdom

After having worked for 24 years at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade and joining the EWRE Section in 1996. Professor Cedo Maksimovic created and heads the UWRG (Urban Water Research Group). From February 2018 he is Emeritus Porfessor of Water and Environmental Systems. His research fields include applied fluid mechanics in urban water systems: storm drainage, urban flooding water supply and interactions of urban water systems and Blue Green solutions in the urban environment. Prof. Maksimovic serves as a project co-ordinator of EU and UN projects in UK, other projects in Europe and in other continents dealing with the above topics. He published over 380 papers in journals and professional and scientific events and authored and edited 42 books.

Environmental Footprints as a Tool to Progress to the Circular Economy
Tue / 03.07. @ 11:30

Climate change, as well as smog/haze, are crucial environmental challenges of our time. Carbon emissions footprint is a key environmental accounting tool for business managers, policy makers and non-governmental organisations attempting to identify mitigation measures that reduce the threat of climate change. The society is increasingly engaged in carbon emissions footprint as a part of policy development and product design. Footprints have reached worldwide popularity, and the environmental issues they are addressing become increasingly diverse, as climate change and smog/haze issues (Greenhouse gas including Carbon Emissions footprint), freshwater use (water footprint), land use (land footprint), material use (material footprint). Footprints are an important tool for development and assessment of the circular economy. Industry's contribution to the achievement of sustainable development, engage the challenge of providing competitive results and products in the short term while trying to protect and preserve natural and human resources in the long term. This includes crucial issues as a food waste, waste avoidance dealing based on circular economy principles as well as an environmentally responsible behaviour.

Sustainability requires human society to develop a strategy that accepts and understands its responsibility towards living conditions and environment both in regional and worldwide level. Very important for research achievement is the wide international collaboration, cross-fertilisation and exchange of results. Sustainability issues global, especially dealing with greenhouse gases the joint effort is evidently key issues.

There are certain challenges to be overcome by science on the way to providing tools and solutions to practitioners and decision makers. In terms of methodology, it is important to appropriately integrate the footprint indicators into the overall system models and evaluation procedures. This implies understanding and modelling the mechanisms, via which the footprints are related to the primary system factors and the degrees of freedom.

They are also some legal aspects to be deal with: Patenting and copyright law, intellectual property rights. Those issues are even more restricting when the research is proprietary and industrially funded. The legal, economically viable and mutually acceptable ways should be searched. One option is collaborative research and co-funding, which is the case for the European Community funded project. Another valuable tool is agreements as Memoranda of Understanding and Contractual Collaboration Agreements facilitating networking.

This research has been supported by the EU project "Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory - SPIL", project No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000456 funded by EU "CZ Operational Programme Research, Development and Education", Priority 1: Strengthening capacity for quality research in contractual collaboration with Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary, The University of Manchester, UK, University of Fudan, Shanghai, China, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin, China, Jiaotong Xi'an University, Chian, Universiti Technologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Prof. Jiří Jaromír Klemeš
Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno
Brno, Czech Republic

Head of “Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL”, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno, Czech Republic and Emeritus Professor at “Centre for Process Systems Engineering and Sustainability”, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary. Previously the Project Director, Senior Project Officer and Hon Reader at Department of Process Integration at UMIST, The University of Manchester and University of Edinburgh, UK. Founder and a long term Head of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification – CPI2, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary. Awarded by the EC with Marie Curies Chair of Excellence (EXC). Track record of managing and coordinating 91 major EC, NATO and UK Know-How projects. Research funding attracted over 21 M€. Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cleaner Production. The founder and President for 20 y of PRES (Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction) conferences. Chairperson of CAPE Working Party of EFCE, a member of WP on Process Intensification and of the EFCE Sustainability platform. He authored and co-authored nearly 400 papers, h-index reaching 42. A number of books published by Elsevier, Woodhead, McGraw-Hill; Ashgate Publishing Cambridge; Springer; WILEY-VCH; Taylor & Francis). Several times Distinguished Visiting Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and University Technology Petronas, Malayisa; Xi’an Jiaotong University; South China University of Technology, Guangzhou and Tianjin University in China; University of Maribor, Slovenia; Brno University of Technology and the Russian Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow. Doctor Honoris Causa of Kharkiv National University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” in Ukraine, the University of Maribor in Slovenia, University POLITEHNICA Bucharest, Romania. “Honorary Doctor of Engineering Universiti Teknologi Malaysia”. Awarded with “Honorary Membership of Czech Society of Chemical Engineering", "European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) Life-Time Achievements Award" and "Pro Universitaire Pannonica" Gold Medal.


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