A Time Dependent Safety-Sustainability Metric
In the wake of a public increase in climate change awareness and environmental conservation efforts, sustainability has become increasingly important within society. In order to compare process design options and continuously improve processes within industry, sustainability must be quantified. In the past two decades, research on sustainability quantification has begun to surge, mostly in the environmental and financial sectors. In the last 5 years safety has begun to be understood as a contributing factor to sustainability. This research seeks to create a quantification method for sustainability that establishes safety as an aspect of quantifiable sustainability and encompasses all aspects of sustainability in a time dependent manner. This type of quantification would allow for both internal monitoring and external benchmarking of process sustainability in industry.