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Design of Sustainable Technological Systems


Admission requirements

This course is obligatory for students of the master’s programme Industrial Ecology.


In this course an introduction will be given on principles and methodologies of sustainable design. Emphasis is on important environmental and safety issues of sustainable engineering, including legislation, risk, and responsibilities of engineers. The students are trained in evaluating safety and environmental performance of industrial products and production processes. These products and processes will be analyzed regarding the material efficiency and heat integration of unit operations. Tools for pollution prevention and waste management are introduced. Eco-design methods like the natural step, cradle to cradle, and cleaner production are presented and students are trained in their use. Design for eco-industrial parks and industrial symbiosis are the major topics in bringing all various aspects and issues together.

Course objectives

  • basic understanding of concepts, methods, and methodologies necessary for assessing, evaluating, and achieving sustainable technology – design-aspects of industrial products and production processes – basis understanding of eco-design methods – knowledge of principles and methodologies of design for eco-industrial parks – knowledge of drivers and barriers in processes of engineering and design


See schedules and blackboard TU Delft

Mode of instruction

Lectures, interactive discussion with lecturers, and self-study of textbook.

Assessment method

Written exam and Design assignment, the minimum requirement for the written exam is 5,0. The written exam counts for 60% to the final grade, the design assignment counts for 40%.


The lecturer communicates via blackboard TU Delft.

Reading list

Articles, book chapters, lecture slides. All are made available during the course via BlackBoard.


All students have to enroll for course and exam at the start of the course via uSis, Leiden University. For classnumbers see here or here.

Students who are not enrolled to the master’s programme Industrial Ecology have to ask permission from the studyadvisor of Industrial Ecology at least one month before start of the course by use of this form.

Contact information

Mrs. prof dr. P.M.Herder
Mr. dr. ir. G. Korevaar


More information and the description of the course is published in the e-studyguide of TU Delft.