Sustainable Metals Management

Securing our Future - Steps Towards a Closed Loop Economy

  • Arnim von Gleich
  • Robert U. Ayres
  • Stefan Gößling-Reisemann

Part of the Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science book series (ECOE, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Sustainability and Metals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Arnim von Gleich
      Pages 3-39
    3. Friedrich-Wilhelm Wellmer, Markus Wagner
      Pages 41-68
  3. Economy, Thermodynamics, and Sustainability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. W. Kuckshinrichs, W. R. Poganietz
      Pages 71-96
    3. P. N. Martens, M. Mistry, M. Ruhrberg
      Pages 97-111
    4. Frank Messner
      Pages 113-139
    5. Robert U. Ayres, Leslie W. Ayres, Andrea Masini
      Pages 141-194
    6. Sten Karlsson
      Pages 237-247
    7. A. von Gleich, M. Gottschick, D. Jepsen, K. Sanders
      Pages 249-291
  4. Metals Materials Flows

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Georg Rombach
      Pages 295-312
    3. D. Janke, L. Savov, M. E. Vogel
      Pages 313-334
    4. Michael Scharp, Lorenz Erdmann
      Pages 355-373
  5. Ecological, Social, Toxicological, and Cultural Effects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 375-375
    2. Ester van der Voet, Jeroen B. Guinée, Helias A. Udo de Haes
      Pages 377-392
    3. Peter Wardenbach
      Pages 393-402
    4. Klaus Baumgardt
      Pages 483-515
  6. Product Design and Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 517-517
    2. Martin Baitz, Marc-Andree Wolf
      Pages 519-534
    3. Matthias Teller
      Pages 563-576
    4. Hansjoerg Griese, Jutta Müller, Herbert Reichl, Karl Heinz Zuber
      Pages 577-592

About this book


Metals have been essential to human civilisation for many thousands of years. With a broad range of applications they have found their way into virtually every aspect of our daily lives. Their durable and recyclable properties should make them ideal materials for a sustainable economy. But can metals live up to this promise? What are the economic, ecological, and social implications of their increasing use? How can we secure the supply of high-quality metals in the future? Do we need substitutes for scarce or especially toxic metals? We will face many such questions on the path towards sustainable production, trade and use of metals.

This book brings together experts from many fields, with sometimes controversial opinions, to discuss the conditions and limits of a sustainable metals management. The ideas and goals of sustainability are not only explained theoretically, but also applied to various stages of the metal making and trading process. The unique feature of this book is its focus on the practical issues of sustainability and the eminent role that companies play in this respect. Experts take a look at the history of metals and metals processing, analyse the current flows and trends of their use, and try to predict future developments in production and trade. Others assess the ecological and social effects of their production and use, highlight the need for international and inter-organisational thinking, and lay out more efficient ways of pursuing this. All the contributors of this book are united by a common goal: making metals an economically, ecologically, and socially safe choice for the 21st century.

This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the short-term and long-term development of the production, trade and use of metals. It provides a wealth of information on the market, the ecological repercussions of the industry, and the social implications of the production and trade of metals. It is thus a valuable source for decision makers, scientists and campaigners in this field.


Aluminium Sustainable Development development entropy environment environmental protection metal metallurgy mining organization sustainable economy

Editors and affiliations

  • Arnim von Gleich
    • 1
  • Robert U. Ayres
    • 2
  • Stefan Gößling-Reisemann
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BremenGermany
  2. 2.INSEADFontainebleau CedexFrance

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Materials & Steel
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods
Energy, Utilities & Environment
Oil, Gas & Geosciences