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Carbon Footprint and the Industrial Life Cycle

From Urban Planning to Recycling

  • Roberto Álvarez Fernández
  • Sergio Zubelzu
  • Rodrigo Martínez

Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Sustainability and Urban Planning

  3. Urban Planning Policy Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Jan-Erik Lane
      Pages 179-202
    3. Daniel Balsalobre-Lorente, Muhammad Shahbaz, José Luis Ponz-Tienda, José María Cantos-Cantos
      Pages 243-268
    4. José Luis Ponz-Tienda, Andrea Victoria Prada-Hernández, Alejandro Salcedo-Bernal, Daniel Balsalobre-Lorente
      Pages 269-288
  4. Metrics for the Sustainability of Infrastructure Projects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. Guadalupe Arce, Jorge Enrique Zafrilla, Luis-Antonio López, María Ángeles Tobarra
      Pages 307-324

About this book


This book analyzes the relationship between large-scale industrial activity and the carbon footprint, and provides a theoretical framework and tools to calculate the carbon footprint of industrial activities at every stage of their life cycles, including urban-planning master plans, recycling activities, project and building stages as well as managing and manufacturing. Discussing the main preventative and corrective measures that can be utilized, it includes case studies, reports on technological developments and examples of successful policies to provide inspiration to readers. This book collects the contributions of authors from four continents, in order to analyze from as many as possible points of view and using many different approaches, the problem of sustainability in today’s globalized world.


Greenhouse gas emissions Energy management Sustainability and urban planning Calculating industrial carbon footprints Gas supply infrastructure Waste management infrastructure Urban sustainability design Potable water infrastructure Industrial activities Carbon footprint sustainability Urban planning master plan Recycling activities

Editors and affiliations

  • Roberto Álvarez Fernández
    • 1
  • Sergio Zubelzu
    • 2
  • Rodrigo Martínez
    • 3
  1. 1.Nebrija UniversityMadridSpain
  2. 2.Polytechnic UniversityMadridSpain
  3. 3.University of DeustoBilbaoSpain

About the editors

Roberto Álvarez is an electrical engineer with a PhD in Manufacturing Process Engineering. He currently heads the Mechanical Engineering Department at Nebrija University, Madrid, Spain. He has over fourteen years of experience as a lecturer in electric machines, manufacturing processes, quality systems and lean management, environmental science, and electric vehicles, and serves as a consultant on these topics for various companies in Spain (Hyundai, CNH2, Carrefour). He is the author of numerous articles and contributions to scientific conferences related to lean manufacturing, energy, and greenhouse gas emissions. High-profile journal outlets include Energy Policy, Energy, Land Use Policy, the Journal of Automobile Engineering, and the Journal of Cleaner Production. He is also a reviewer for a number of journals in the area. He has coauthored two books: “Mathematics for Engineers” (Ed. Paraninfo) and “Legal Architecture” (Ed. Munilla).

Rodrigo Martínez is an industrial design engineer and has a PhD in Industrial Design. He currently heads the Industrial Design Department at Nebrija University, Madrid, Spain, and has broad experience in the development of design projects as a lecturer in industrial design, design, and environment, or eco-design, projects. He has developed and coordinated projects with several companies and agencies such as Ecoembes, Lékué, Ikea, Retecork, or Finsa. He is the author of numerous papers and contributions related to the methodological process of design, including the importance of a lifecycle in the conception of products and solutions. He has also served as a reviewer for various journals in this area and collaborates with the main design agencies in Spain, such as Red-Aede and ADI-FAD. He is the editor of Experimenta Magazine, and is also editing a book on the importance of the identity in the product design process. 

Sergio Zubelzu is an agricultural engineer and has a PhD in Environment and Sustainable Development. He is currently an assistant professor at the Technical University of Madrid and has over ten years of experience as a lecturer in statistics and operations research and as a consultant hydraulic engineer. His research activities mainly concern the methodologies to simulate physical and environmental phenomena. He has authored and coauthored several articles, contributions to scientific congresses and books.

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