The Sustainability Hub has a growing collection of training courses ready for you to further your knowledge and understanding around subjects that can contribute to sustainable development. These courses are currently offered free of charge to IChemE members and for purchase by non-members. We have the following five courses available for you to access today and will be adding new releases in the coming months.

Our courses are designed specifically for chemical engineers. They are delivered online, completed at your own pace, and allow you to learn interactively in bite-sized chunks.

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The Circular Economy for Chemical Engineers

Traditional business models in the process industry are primarily based around a linear consumption model. This course will help chemical engineers understand the circular economy in the process industry as well as their role and responsibilities within material flow systems. 

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The Human Water Cycle: Water and Wastewater Treatment and Reuse

Chemical engineers have a role to play in optimising water and wastewater treatment and in minimising their impact on the environment. This course covers the why, what and how of not only treatment, but water as a whole, through the human water cycle.

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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Chemical Engineers

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a systematic tool that evaluates environmental impacts over the life cycle of a product or service. As the Sustainability Hub assists chemical engineers in supporting the UN Sustainability Development Goals, this training course will be a key knowledge strand that has the potential to influence them all. 

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An Introduction to Sustainability

It is important that chemical engineers have a basic understanding of sustainability and their role in it. This course will provide you with an introduction to the key issues and help you to achieve your sustainability goals. 

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Ethical Decision-Making for Chemical Engineers

Ethical decision-making is a vital part of a chemical engineer’s responsibility.  This course will equip you with the basic knowledge you need to understand and make ethical decisions.

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Sustainable Process Integration for Cleaner Process Design

Learning goal
This course will equip chemical engineers with knowledge of process integration in energy and material recovery.

Course overview
In the past three decades, various models/techniques have been proposed for better process design to achieve sustainable development goals. More recently, a number of process integration techniques have also been developed to design resource conservation and its associated treatment system to ensure maximum recovery of useful resources in the process plants. By making use of process integration, we can design cleaner processes that feature the minimum use of resources and waste discharge.    

Role and Responsibility of Chemical Engineers in Achieving Net Zero

Learning goal
This course is aimed at raising awareness of the role that chemical engineers can play in the pathway to net zero, making them familiar with carbon reporting methods for key sectors in addition to basic aspects of climate change mitigation within energy and chemical plants.

Course overview
Attendees will be introduced to the International Panel for Climate Change’s guidelines for the development of greenhouse gas emission inventories for combustion and manufacturing emissions. The modules will contain a summary of possible emission reduction measures. These measures include carbon capture, storage, and utilisation; biomass energy conversion; biogas and biomethane; battery storage; and power-to-x fuels. 

Courses under development

Other courses under development:

  • Sanitation and Wastewater Reuse in Developing Regions
  • Energy from Waste
  • Food Structuring for Achieving Sustainable Development 

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More sustainability courses are being released throughout 2023 including topics like circular economy and process integration. Sign-up to receive alerts for new course releases.

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