Engineering-in sustainability through the application of SUSOP (R)

Corder, G. D., McLellan, B. C., Bangerter, P. J., van Beers, D. and Green, S. R. (2012) Engineering-in sustainability through the application of SUSOP (R). Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 90 1: 98-109. doi:10.1016/j.cherd.2011.08.001

Author Corder, G. D.
McLellan, B. C.
Bangerter, P. J.
van Beers, D.
Green, S. R.
Title Engineering-in sustainability through the application of SUSOP (R)
Formatted title
Engineering-in sustainability through the application of SUSOP ®
Journal name Chemical Engineering Research and Design   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0263-8762
Publication date 2012-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cherd.2011.08.001
Volume 90
Issue 1
Start page 98
End page 109
Total pages 12
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
There are considerable challenges in developing new resource projects that meet the ideals of sustainability. The high-level principles of corporate sustainability policies cannot be easily integrated into project management systems. In addition, existing systems do not readily deliver innovative solutions to address key sustainability issues, such as significantly reduced carbon emissions, minimal environmental impacts, and maintaining the societal ‘licence to operate’.

SUSOP® (SUStainable OPerations) is an approach for the integration of sustainable development principles into the design and operation of industrial processes. Somewhat analogous to HAZOP (Hazard and Operability Studies), SUSOP® is a systematic and rigorous framework for identifying and evaluating sustainability opportunities and risks within the organising architecture of a sustainability framework.

This approach has been tested and enhanced through application to real case studies in the minerals industry. The results, both at the conceptual and pre-feasibility phases, have led to significant insights for identifying and evaluating options that enhance an operation's contribution to sustainability and its long-term business case.

This paper discusses the need for an approach such as SUSOP®, presents the key outcomes from its development with particular reference to the case study learnings, and highlights the practical ways for incorporating sustainability into project management systems.
Keyword SUSOPĀ®
Sustainable design
Resource processing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 6 August 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining Publications
Official 2012 Collection
Sustainable Minerals Institute Publications
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