Industrial Sustainability Study – UK and International Research Readiness
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - Contract No. P009229
28 September 1999

Online Questionnaire

We expect the questionnaire take about 30 minutes to complete. It has been designed to be quick and easy to fill out - using standard text fields, buttons and pull-down menus. If you have any questions or problems contact me.

Please fill out the top secion and let us know whether you are willing to participate in a follow-on interview (at the bottom).

Thank you for your participation.


Organisation information

The aim of this section is to provide contact information for you and your organisation and your summary assessment of your research activities and their relevance to the aims of Industrial Sustainability. (3 minutes)

Name
Job title
University
Department
Address
Phone/Fax numbers
Email addresses / URLs


Q1. Our Current Research Programme can best be described as supporting research in Industrial Sustainability [IS] in the following way: [please ‘X’ ONLY ONE of the lines below]

1. NOT SIGNIFICANTLY – at present our research/projects do not support or relate to the activities of IS

2. POTENTIALLY – a few research activities/projects ongoing that indirectly relate to IS

3. MODERATELY – at least 1 research activity or project ongoing that directly relates to IS

4. ACTIVELY SUPPORT – a few research activities or projects that directly relate to IS

5. STRONGLY SUPPORT – numerous (>6) research activities and projects ongoing that directly relate to IS


Q2. Our Current Research Programme can best be described as developing tools [models, guidelines, analytical frameworks, computer techniques, etc.] that support the practice of Industrial Sustainability [IS] in the following way: [please ‘X’ ONLY ONE of the lines below]

1. NOT SIGNIFICANTLY – at present our research/projects do not create tools that support or relate to IS

2. POTENTIALLY – research activities or projects that may lead to development of IS tools

3. MODERATELY – research activities or projects ongoing that are in the process of creating a needed IS tools

4. ACTIVELY SUPPORT – research activities or projects have produced 1 or more helpful IS tools

5. STRONGLY SUPPORT – research activities and projects ongoing have produced key IS tools


NOTE: Respondents ticking 1 or 2 to both Q1 and Q2 may elect to STOP HERE (hit submit below)


Q3. Industrial Sustainability - The aim of this section is to identify the detailed focus of your research, expertise, experience and curriculum as they relate to industrial sustainability.

Please check the box in those areas where you have expertise presently. Use the pull-down menus to indicate the stage of development and tool development. You may enter comments in the text fields below each pull down.

3A. Reducing Material / Resource

Research Programme/Projects
Tool Development






3B. Increased Valorisation

Research Programme/Projects
Tool Development









3C. Reducing Waste Stream

Research Programme/Projects
Tool Development














3D. Natural Environment

Research Programme/Projects
Tool Development








3E. Economic / Business Planning

Research Programme/Projects
Tool Development









3F. Social

Research Programme/Projects
Tool Development








3G. Other Industrial Sustainability Areas


Q4. Platform concepts

The aim of this section is identify ‘platform’ concepts in the area of Industrial Sustainability that have already been discovered by your organisation in your work in this area – i.e. topics where there is considerable potential benefit in terms of both sustainability and competitiveness. (3 minutes) Examples include:

Miniaturisation and nano-technologies, which provide high value and reduce material/energy consumption.

Re-manufacture, re-use and recycling, leading to reductions in material/energy consumption and potentially cost.

'Symbiotic' industrial networks, which reduces material/energy consumption and cost (e.g. using ground glass for sand-blasting instead of silica sand, one company’s waste stream is next company’s resource).

Agile manufacturing, which increases flexibility and responsiveness (and hence adds value), and reduces costs of retooling while utilising fixed material investments (tools, equipment) for numerous purposes.



Q5. Your View of the Most Needed and Important IS Research

The aim of this section is identify what research is most needed (in the opinion of the research community) to assist in the practical implementation of sustainable production concepts, technology and knowledge by industry. Please include a description of the research topics you think most important and your rationale. (5 minutes)



Q6. Additional comments and Interest in Follow-up Dialogue

The aim of this section is identify any other comments or suggestions you may have relating to industrial sustainability and what needs you have in the research community. These could include issues of policy, infrastructure, funding, dissemination of research, or co-operation. (2 minutes)



Q7. Place an ‘X’ below if you:

I would be willing to participate in a follow-up interview.

I would like to receive results of this survey.


Contact: Peter Mark Jansson pmj22@cam.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1223 338190 Fax +44 (0)1223 766400
University of Cambridge Department of Engineering Mill Lane Cambridge CB2 1RX UK

Copyright 1999 - Peter Mark Jansson