Syllabus: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Essay

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ISyE 4803 C: Energy and Environmental Analysis
Prerequisities: ISyE 3025, Phys 2211, 2212
Instructor: Valerie Thomas
Office: 415 Groseclosevalerie.thomas@isye.gatech.eduOffice hours: Tuesday 8:30-9:30 am and by appointment
Teaching Assistants: Amy Mussleman amusselman@gatech.edu
Office hours: Monday & Thursday 11am-12pm, ISyE Main 418
Students learn core concepts and methods to analyze energy and environmental impacts of industrial systems and product lifecycles including production, transport, use, and end-of-life.
Part 1: Fundamentals
• Energy: Energy calculations for mass, fuel energy value, electricity generation, energy efficiency, and applying energy knowledge to calculate energy resources and constraints.
• Water: Water mass balances, water needed for electricity generation; combined energy/water analysis for industrial systems.
• Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Greenhouse gas accounting, global warming potential calculations, and greenhouse gas emission inventories.
• Transportation Energy: Energy use by transport mode. Supply chain energy use and environmental impacts.
• One more environmental topic: For 2014: Air pollution.
Part 2: Methods
• Environmental Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) – Green supply chains. Lifecycle environmental impact including production, distribution, use, and recycling or disposal.
• Economic Approaches to Environmental Management. Taxes and subsidies. Cost-benefit analysis. Supply curves. Environmental externalities, tradable permits markets.
• Material flow accounting and industrial ecology – Global and national materials use, waste as raw materials.
• Resource constraints and availability – Fossil fuels, water, solar energy, biomass, food; calculations with population, technology, consumption and emissions.
Class Requirements:
Participation contribution – 10%. Homework – 20%. Midterm 1 – 15%. Midterm 2 – 15%. Projects – 20%. Final Exam – 20%
Text and readings: Lecture notes will be posted, supplemented by journal articles. We will use clickers. Please bring your clickers to class
Outcomes: At the end of the course, students will be able to:
Develop, solve, and evaluate quantitative models of the relationship of technology, environment, and the economy;
Evaluate lifecycle environmental impacts of a product or service;
Use basic knowledge of human population, US and world economy, energy systems, water, and key environmental impacts to scope and develop environmental assessments

Schedule
Week 1. August 18, 20. Introduction.
Motivation. Energy and environment in Industrial and Systems Engineering.Earth System. Key parameters and constraints: human population, Energy from the sun, earth size, human energy requirements, agricultural productivity, energy density of food and fuels.
Week 2. August 25, 27.
Intro to Cost-Benefit Analysis in the Context of Energy and Environment. Review of Engineering Economics
Energy. Energy calculations for mass, fuel energy value, electricity generation, energy efficiency, and applying energy knowledge to calculate energy resources and constraints.
Week 3. September 3. (No class September 1; Labor Day).
Transportation Energy. Energy use by transport mode. Supply chain energy use and environmental impacts.
Homework 1 Due September 3– Energy retrofit cost-benefit.
Week 4. September 8, 10. Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Greenhouse gas accounting, global warming potential calculations, and greenhouse gas emission inventories.
Homework 2 Due September 10 – Atlanta Beltline cost-benefit.
Week 5. September 15, 17. Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Review.
Homework 3 Due September 17 – Comparing electric and diesel urban delivery trucks: lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, and cost.
Week 6. September 22, Water. Review.
Water mass balances, water needed for electricity generation; combined energy/water analysis for industrial systems.
Project Introduction: How to do a literature review and find information. How to…