Introduction to Engineering Sustainability

While considering engineering and sustainability, one should think about a sustainable future during engineering up-gradation and implementation. Engineering practices must not only follow legal compliance but also think beyond for sustainable outcomes. We can refine it with the triple bottom line of sustainability environment, society, and economy to follow the sustainable result. Considering the environment, we can use and preserve all biodiversity products and respect all life forms, which is helpful for humans. We should think about ecosystem carrying capacity for use of resources and waste implementation, balancing the nature and development bridge. To think about the social aspect where individuals can increase their capabilities, take part in social awareness, and spread awareness for development and sustainable future. Linking to the economic aspect, one can invest in renewable raw material, which will be lifelong, and consider all types of capital. For overall sustainability, it is essential to achieve sustainability in Engineering due to engineering activities in every field of society. The importance of these activities leads to economic development because top industrial development and technology upgrades hammer significant effects on the environment. When I looked into the differences between traditional engineering and engineering for sustainable outcomes, I realized the leading cause and massive impact of engineering development of nature and other sources. As an engineer, I felt insecure but we need to believe and start implementing sustainable aspects. I could view every problem regarding technology and error in technology, and suddenly I realized that it has the next side, which is directly affecting our future. It is then I realized that there should be a properly designed model of every development project considering a sustainable future. To develop sustainable engineering design, one should examine three terms what is fair and what contributes to the human being. The second one considers the long-term effect of a specific structure, and the third one is to analyze the needs and value of design.

Why Engineering sustainability

Humanity facing crises. The impact of such crises may affect child disability and next-generation which is not acceptable by any individual. We are overconsuming natural resources and within some decades environment will be out of resources. We are unable to satisfy our current needs so how can we feed the next generation during behavioural growth. The coefficient equation will not remain up to the mark to optimise every manner of sustainability. Where eco-efficient product use is also not an effective idea to control environmental sustainability because again we are missing ‘product per person use’ equation. We need that full proof solution on sustainable engineering which can answer all these equations.  

Framework for sustainable future 

    Environmental impact optimisation

We need to understand the root cause and gravity of challenges about sustainability. We also need to understand the effect of it on the earth life support system. The best way to optimise the impact is to implement IPAT concept stands with development in environmental impact, the number of people, affluence means the number of product per person and technology use and upgrades. As per IPAT concept number of product per person should decrease with an efficient role. Where we can optimise the use of technology and can maintain environmental balance.  

    Process implementation

Process implementation in sustainable engineering means, we need to change the way of work that is not in the favour of sustainability which means if any manufacturing unit or process consuming too much energy then we should change it immediately. Where we can include sustainable clauses in education means understanding the gap between engineering sustainability taught in university and actual practices in industrial organisations. Again important part is training in the organisation, which should have engineering sustainable clauses and policies which employee should implement during work. This will definitely help to gear up the sustainability in organisations.


Life cycle engineering is the approximate solution on engineering management for a sustainable future. Product development activity change is the solution to use technology and it is an efficient way to maintain engineering sustainability. Where the product will design, develop, sales service and recycle in cent per cent environmental efficient manner. Manufacturing process change with energy-efficient machines is also a solution to efficient production in organisations. The industrial organisation should set up rules of production that there should be standard for production process flow. Life cycle engineering is a business management approach that can be used by any business or organisation, which will increase product quality and services. The volume growth and technology upgrade are also possible if we follow the IPAT rule and product life cycle engineering. These practices can help users to remove the problem related to engineering sustainability from the root cause and it will definitely lead to engineering sustainability.

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