Module 4
Key Resources: Sustainable Resource Management through Industry 4.0


This module delves into the transformative impact of digital solutions within sustainable manufacturing. Emphasizing the convergence of IoT, Big Data, and Industry 4.0, it explores their role in fostering circular economy initiatives and optimizing resource efficiency. Through in-depth analysis, it examines sustainable supply chain management, closed-loop supply chains, and the integration of renewable energy sources. It shows how smart sensors, data analytics, and AI algorithms drive energy efficiency while reducing waste and emissions and how cutting-edge technologies empower businesses to monitor and mitigate environmental footprints, paving the way for a greener, more sustainable future in manufacturing.
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Learning objectives

  • Understand circular economy principles, including reduction, reuse, recycling, and material recovery, for environmental sustainability.
  • Learn about advanced technologies like IoT, Big Data, and virtual simulations for monitoring and optimizing resource use and waste reduction.
  • Explore the ReSOLVE framework's six business actions and their integration into business strategies for sustainability.
  • Apply circular economy principles practically through hands-on training and simulations.
  • Develop data management skills to analyze and optimize production processes and supply chains, reducing waste and improving efficiency.
  • Acquire sustainable design skills to implement products and processes focused on durability, reusability, and recyclability.
  • Foster a sustainability-oriented mindset, integrating eco-friendly practices and technologies into professional endeavors.
  • Collaborate innovatively to find solutions to environmental challenges, recognizing the value of teamwork and knowledge sharing.

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