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Section on Sustainability

Welcome to the web page of the Sustainabiliy Section of the EFCE.

Current activities


Business meeting



Vision and Mission of the Section



The Sustainability Section of the EFCE envisions a sustainable process industry in the European context where economically sustainable companies operate with minimal ecological impact while delivering maximum social benefit through its products and services, as well as providing a safe and inspiring work environment. It also envisions a vibrant innovation climate within the professional community of chemical engineers based on cutting edge research. The Sustainability Section recognizes the pivotal role of chemical engineering knowledge for the transformation of the European society towards sustainable development and foresees a particular role for chemical engineers as scientific as well as societal change agents, supporting this transformation in the economic, social and political arena at the national, European and international levels.


The mission of the Sustainability Section is:

  • to provide a discourse platform within the EFCE on opportunities and challenges that sustainable development poses to the professional community of chemical engineers in Europe;
  • to pool the considerable knowledge within EFCE members with regard to a sustainable process industry as well as management of natural resources, environmental protection and socio-economic sustainability;
  • to identify and co-operate with key actors and allies for the transformation of European society towards sustainable development;
  • to provide decision makers in business, society and politics with reliable knowledge support based on scientific insight and industrial experience in all fields of interest to the process industry ; and
  • to facilitate education of a new generation of chemical engineers as well as current engineers and decision makers in the process industry to meet the challenges of the transition towards a sustainable process industry.

Position paper

For more details on the Section, download the position paper here.


Section Structure

The broad agenda of the section requires the co-operation of experts in interdisciplinary sub-sections that deal with the chemical engineering aspects of the Grand Challenges our profession faces. The figure below shows the work structure of the Section, the interactions as well as the leaders of these sub-sections.


Sustainability section structure


  • Sustainable use of natural resources
    Leader: Prof. Henk van den Berg (University of Twente)
  • Sustainable chemicals
    Leader: Prof. John Woodley (Technical University of Denmark)
  • Sustainable energy systems
    Leader: Prof. Richard Darton (University of Oxford)
  • Sustainable food systems
    Leader: Dr. Almudena Hospido (University of Santiago de Compostela)
  • Measuring sustainability
    Leader: Dr. H. Stichnothe (Thünen Institute of Agriculture)
  • Sustainability education
    Leaders: Prof. Kevin van Geem (University of Gent) and Prof. Adisa Azapagic (University of Manchester)

Section members

Dr. Manuel Alvarez Guerra, Santander, Spain

Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Anastasovski, Skopje, Macedonia

Prof. Dr. Lise Appels, Heverlee, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Adisa Azapagic, Manchester, United Kingdom

Prof. Dr. Henk van den Berg, AE Enschede, Netherlands

Dr. Saikat Chakraborty, Kharagpur, India

Prof. Richard C. Darton, Oxford, United Kingdom

Mr. Robert Aled Davies, Lubrin, Spain

Mr. Gareth Davis, Lymm Cheshire, United Kingdom

Prof. Dr. Raf Dewil, Heverlee, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Mario Diaz, Oviedo, Spain

Dr. Antonio Domínguez Ramos, Santander, Spain

Prof. Dr. Felix Garcia-Ochoa, Madrid, Spain

Prof. Dr. Kevin Van Geem, Gent, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Atze Jan van der Goot, Wageningen, Netherlands

Dr. Ir. A.G.J. van der Ham, Enschede, Netherlands

Dr. Francisco Jose Hernandez Fernandez, Cartagena, Spain

Dr. Almudena Hospido, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Prof. Dr. Konstantinos Kakosimos, Doha, Qatar

Prof. Dr. Jiri Klemes, Veszprém, Hungary

Dr. Paola Lettieri, London, United Kingdom

Dr. Sebastien Leveneur, Saint Etienne du Rouvray, France

Dr.-Ing. Philip Lutze, Dortmund, Germany

Dr. Xavier Montagne, Rueil Malmaison Cedex, France

Prof. Dr. Edward Muntean, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Prof. Dr. Michael Narodoslawsky, Graz, Austria

Prof. Carlos Manuel Negro Alvarez, Madrid, Spain

Dr. Antonia Perez de los Rios, Murcia, Spain

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ben-Guang Rong, Odense, Denmark

Prof. Francesco Santarelli, Bologna, Italy

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gürkan Sin, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark

Mr. Olusegun Sodeinde, Lagos, Nigeria

Dr. Heinz Stichnothe, Braunschweig, Germany

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Tugnoli, Bologna, Italy

Mr. Mark White, Cork, Ireland

Prof. Dr. John M. Woodley, Lyngby, Denmark

Mr. Mahmood Yassine, Ben Guerir, Morocco

Mr. Arend Jan Zeeuw, Everberg, Belgium


Previous activities


ISPCC 2018 - International Conference on Sustainable Production and Consumption
Manchester, UK, 4-5 October 2018

ICOSSE '17 - International Congress on Sustainability Science and Engineering
Barcelona, Spain, 2-4 October 2017

2nd Symposium on Sustainability: Sustainable Management of Natural Resourcesincluded in ECCE10
Nice, France, 27 September - 1 October 2015

2015 International Congress on Sustainability Science & Engineering - ICOSSE '15
Balatonfüred, Hungary, 26-29 May 2015 (EFCE Event No. 732)

CHISA Special Symposium:
Sustainable process industry - bright future for chemical engineers

24 August 2014, Prague, Czech Republic

International Conference on Sustainable Production and Consumption
Manchester, UK, 4-5 October 2018