Agro Environmental Sustainability in MENA Regions

Agro Environmental Sustainability in MENA Regions
Author: Mohamed Abu-hashim,Faiza Khebour Allouche,Abdelazim Negm
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 457
Release: 2021-10-11
ISBN: 3030785742
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Agro Environmental Sustainability in MENA Regions Book Excerpt:

This book focuses on the status quo and the latest information on the water-soil-agriculture nexus in the MENA countries. It presents several case studies and applications from e.g. Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan, while also sharing and discussing the latest findings. The content includes a range of agriculture-related topics that focus on: water resources management, impacts of climate change, and wastewater treatment for reuse in agriculture sectors; in addition, sustainable approaches to agricultural-based industry, organic crop production, crop water requirements, and soil environment are discussed in an updated and comprehensive review. In turn, the book discusses the applications of GIS and remote sensing as a new technology for better agriculture management, as well as its use in Egypt as a representative country. In closing, it considers the implementation of an environmental information system in data-scarce MENA countries from the standpoint of the water-food nexus, and addresses the question of climate justice in the MENA region. Exploring various dimensions of MENA country-based case studies on achieving sustainable agriculture, the book offers an invaluable source of topical information for agricultural sustainability-related stakeholders in the region, researchers and graduate students alike.

Smart Technologies for Energy and Environmental Sustainability

Smart Technologies for Energy and Environmental Sustainability
Author: Parul Agarwal,Mamta Mittal,Jawed Ahmed,Sheikh Mohammad Idrees
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 273
Release: 2021-11-30
ISBN: 3030807029
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Smart Technologies for Energy and Environmental Sustainability Book Excerpt:

As the application of smart technologies for monitoring environmental activities becomes more widespread, there is a growing demand for solutions that can help analyze the risk factors and impacts on the environment by focusing on energy consumption, storage, and management. This book is designed to serve as a knowledge-sharing platform, focusing on the emerging models, architectures, and algorithms being developed for smart computational technologies that can lead to efficient energy conservation and environmental sustainability.

IoT Based Smart Waste Management for Environmental Sustainability

IoT Based Smart Waste Management for Environmental Sustainability
Author: Biswaranjan Acharya,Satarupa Dey,Mohammed Zidan
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 196
Release: 2022-06-14
ISBN: 1000586014
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

IoT Based Smart Waste Management for Environmental Sustainability Book Excerpt:

This book consolidates and summarizes smart technologies like IoT, edge computing, and AI used in different aspects of waste material management, mitigation, and recycling for a sustainable environment. One of the cases explains how IoT-based systems and wireless sensors can be used to continuously detect common pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide, and particulate matter (PM) and how the data collected are used to assess the overall air quality and determine actions for improvements. A collection of practical case studies, this book provides a comprehensive knowledge in smart waste management to readers in universities, research centers, and industries.

Handbook of Research on Social Economic and Environmental Sustainability in the Development of Smart Cities

Handbook of Research on Social  Economic  and Environmental Sustainability in the Development of Smart Cities
Author: Vesco, Andrea
Publsiher: IGI Global
Total Pages: 519
Release: 2015-04-30
ISBN: 1466682833
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Research on Social Economic and Environmental Sustainability in the Development of Smart Cities Book Excerpt:

As population growth accelerates, researchers and professionals face challenges as they attempt to plan for the future. Urban planning is a significant component in addressing the key concerns as the world population moves towards the city and leaves the rural environment behind, yet there are many factors to consider for a well rounded community. The Handbook of Research on Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability in the Development of Smart Cities brings together the necessary research and interdisciplinary discussion to address dilemmas created by population growth and the expansion of urban environments. This publication is an essential reference source for researchers, academicians, investors, and practitioners interested in the urban planning and technological advancements necessary for the creation of smart cities.

Plastics and Environmental Sustainability

Plastics and Environmental Sustainability
Author: Anthony L. Andrady
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2015-02-13
ISBN: 1119009391
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Plastics and Environmental Sustainability Book Excerpt:

Survey’s the issues typically raised in discussions ofsustainability and plastics Discusses current issues not covered in detail previously suchas ocean litter, migration of additives into food products and therecovery of plastics Covers post-consumer fate of plastics on land and in theoceans, highlighting the environmental impacts of disposalmethods Details toxicity of plastics, particularly as it applies tohuman health Presents a clear analysis of the key plastic-related issuesincluding numerous citations of the research base that supports andcontradicts the popularly held notions

Computational Intelligent Data Analysis for Sustainable Development

Computational Intelligent Data Analysis for Sustainable Development
Author: Ting Yu,Nitesh Chawla,Simeon Simoff
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 443
Release: 2013-04-04
ISBN: 1439895945
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Computational Intelligent Data Analysis for Sustainable Development Book Excerpt:

Going beyond performing simple analyses, researchers involved in the highly dynamic field of computational intelligent data analysis design algorithms that solve increasingly complex data problems in changing environments, including economic, environmental, and social data. Computational Intelligent Data Analysis for Sustainable Development presents novel methodologies for automatically processing these types of data to support rational decision making for sustainable development. Through numerous case studies and applications, it illustrates important data analysis methods, including mathematical optimization, machine learning, signal processing, and temporal and spatial analysis, for quantifying and describing sustainable development problems. With a focus on integrated sustainability analysis, the book presents a large-scale quadratic programming algorithm to expand high-resolution input-output tables from the national scale to the multinational scale to measure the carbon footprint of the entire trade supply chain. It also quantifies the error or dispersion between different reclassification and aggregation schemas, revealing that aggregation errors have a high concentration over specific regions and sectors. The book summarizes the latest contributions of the data analysis community to climate change research. A profuse amount of climate data of various types is available, providing a rich and fertile playground for future data mining and machine learning research. The book also pays special attention to several critical challenges in the science of climate extremes that are not handled by the current generation of climate models. It discusses potential conceptual and methodological directions to build a close integration between physical understanding, or physics-based modeling, and data-driven insights. The book then covers the conservation of species and ecologically valuable land. A case study on the Pennsylvania Dirt and Gravel Roads Program demonstrates that multiple-objective linear programming is a more versatile and efficient approach than the widely used benefit targeting selection process. Moving on to renewable energy and the need for smart grids, the book explores how the ongoing transformation to a sustainable energy system of renewable sources leads to a paradigm shift from demand-driven generation to generation-driven demand. It shows how to maximize renewable energy as electricity by building a supergrid or mixing renewable sources with demand management and storage. It also presents intelligent data analysis for real-time detection of disruptive events from power system frequency data collected using an existing Internet-based frequency monitoring network as well as evaluates a set of computationally intelligent techniques for long-term wind resource assessment. In addition, the book gives an example of how temporal and spatial data analysis tools are used to gather knowledge about behavioral data and address important social problems such as criminal offenses. It also applies constraint logic programming to a planning problem: the environmental and social impact assessment of the regional energy plan of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Sustainable development problems, such as global warming, resource shortages, global species loss, and pollution, push researchers to create powerful data analysis approaches that analysts can then use to gain insight into these issues to support rational decision making. This volume shows both the data analysis and sustainable development communities how to use intelligent data analysis tools to address practical problems and encourages researchers to develop better methods.

Global Environmental Sustainability

Global Environmental Sustainability
Author: Choy Yee Keong
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2020-10-31
ISBN: 0128224134
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Global Environmental Sustainability Book Excerpt:

Global Environmental Sustainability: Case Studies and Analysis of the United Nations’ Journey toward Sustainable Development presents an integrated, interdisciplinary analysis of sustainable development, addressing global environmental problems in the contemporary world. It critically examines current actions being taken on global and local scales, particularly in relation to the UN’s efforts to promote sustainable development. This approach is supported by empirical analysis, drawing upon a host of interweaving insights spanning economics, politics, ecology, environmental philosophy, and ethics, among others. As a result, it offers a comprehensive and well-balanced assessment of the overall perspective of sustainable development supported by in-depth content analysis, theoretical evaluation, empirical and actual case studies premised on solid data, and actual field work. Also, the book marks a milestone in placing the Covid-19 pandemic into a perspective for understanding the universality of human collective environmental behavior and action. By utilizing in-depth analysis, both quantitative and qualitative, and challenging the status quo of what is expected in the global approach to sustainable development, Global Environmental Sustainability provides the theory and methodology of empirical sustainable development which is especially germane to our advanced society today, which is deeply entrenched in a crisis of environmental morality. More particularly, it serves as a salient source of moral reconstitution of society grounded in empirical reality to liberate man’s excessive spirit of individualism and self-aggrandizement to the detriment of the environment. Epistemologically, the book furnishes a remarkable tour de force with a new level of analytical insight to help researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in sustainability and environmental science, as well as the many other disciplines involved in sustainable development, to better understand sustainability from a new perspective and provides a methodological direction to pursue solutions going forward. Provides a systematic exposition of sustainable development in all its complexity, with all the chapters complementing each other in an integral way Presents extensive empirical evidence of various environmental problems across the world including China, the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia, South America and Africa, and the extent to which the United Nations has succeeded in driving toward global environmental sustainability Provides a cogent examination of the treatment of our global commons by some of the world’s most powerful leaders Includes data from field studies and in-depth interviews with indigenous people in Borneo’s rainforests of the Malaysian state of Sarawak most affected by environmental change

Green Public Procurement Strategies for Environmental Sustainability

Green Public Procurement Strategies for Environmental Sustainability
Author: Shakya, Rajesh Kumar
Publsiher: IGI Global
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2019-02-22
ISBN: 1522570845
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Green Public Procurement Strategies for Environmental Sustainability Book Excerpt:

The worldwide consumption of resources is causing environmental damage at a rate that cannot be sustained. Apart from the resulting environmental and health problems, this trend could threaten economic growth due to rapidly decreasing natural resources and the cost of addressing these issues. The public sector has a responsibility to stimulate the marketplace in favor of the provision of more resource-efficient and less polluting goods, services, and works in order to support environmental and wider sustainable development objectives. Green Public Procurement Strategies for Environmental Sustainability provides innovative insights on the adoption and implementation of green public procurement for sustainable practice in order to contribute to environmental protection. The content within this publication examines climate change, sustainable development, and document analysis and is designed for policymakers, environmentalists, managers, suppliers, development agencies, government officials, academicians, researchers, students, and professionals.

Managing Human Resources for Environmental Sustainability

Managing Human Resources for Environmental Sustainability
Author: Susan E. Jackson,Deniz S. Ones,Stephan Dilchert
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 504
Release: 2012-06-18
ISBN: 1118234839
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Managing Human Resources for Environmental Sustainability Book Excerpt:

Managing Human Resources for Environmental Sustainability The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is the premier membership organization for those practicing industrial and organizational psychology. The Society's mission is to enhance human well-being and performance in organizational and work settings by promoting the science, practice, and teaching of industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology. I-O psychologists apply research that improves the well-being and performance of people and the organizations that employ them. This involves everything from workforce planning, employee selection, and leader development to studying job attitudes and job motivation, implementing work teams, and facilitating organizational change. SIOP is a nonprofit organization with more than 6,000 members. While an independent organization with its own governance, SIOP is also a division within the American Psychological Association and an organizational affiliate of the Association for Psychological Science.

Environmental Sustainability in Sports Physical Activity and Education and Outdoor Life

Environmental Sustainability in Sports  Physical Activity and Education  and Outdoor Life
Author: Hans Kristian Hognestad,Bieke Gils,Richard Giulianotti,Tommy Langseth,Holly Thorpe
Publsiher: Frontiers Media SA
Total Pages: 151
Release: 2022-11-02
ISBN: 2889746844
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Environmental Sustainability in Sports Physical Activity and Education and Outdoor Life Book Excerpt:

Opportunities and Challenges for Environmental Sustainability A Socioeconomic and Political Analysis

Opportunities and Challenges for Environmental Sustainability  A Socioeconomic and Political Analysis
Author: Fritz Dufour
Publsiher: Fritz Dufour
Total Pages: 213
Release: 2019-05-26
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Opportunities and Challenges for Environmental Sustainability A Socioeconomic and Political Analysis Book Excerpt:

This report is a socioeconomic and political analysis of environmental sustainability in terms of the present state of the environment, what we can do to reverse the negative trends, and what the current and potential barriers are. First, it offers a background of the issue through a historical perspective. How we got here has a lot to do with how previous generations behaved towards the environment. Similarly, how we behave will determine the kind of environment future generations will have to contend with. It looks at the dynamics likely to impact the balance of nature. Also, because understanding what is biodiversity and why is it important are essential in order to grasp the concept of sustainability, this report looks at the types of ecosystems that form the biosphere and brings an answer to this important question, “Is the Maximum sustainable yield (MSY) concept a fallacy?” Moreover, the importance of cities is a key factor in environmental sustainability. So, the report shows the pros and cons of cities in both the preservation of the environment and the conservation of its biodiversity. The social, economic, and political analyses use the latest data and views from experts, scientists, and scholars alike and also the views of the common people. The result is that all three levels have positives and negatives and so, none of them should be individually prioritized over the other two. To tackle this dilemma, the report offers an alternative: an inclusive, pluralistic, and global approach which aims at motivating all stakeholders – from rich and poor countries – and people from all walks of life to work together towards a common goal and common interests. Such an approach, says the report should be bottom-up instead of top-down, that is, the needs of local populations, especially those closer to biodiversity, must come first before those of large corporations. However, while in the present and short terms, this approach may be successful, in the long term or a distant future, there are reasons to be skeptical for the environment is constantly changing and generations are different from one another. And that is very important because what constitutes the cornerstone of environmental sustainability is this: the present use of natural resources should not be harmful to future generations. Therefore, the report looks into the future. While acknowledging that, in terms of environmental sustainability, predicting the future is a daunting task – because it is better to think that the future is now – the report shows how we can prepare a soft landing for our great grand-children by laying the groundwork for them. We can accomplish this last task because we still have time.

Climate Resilience and Environmental Sustainability Approaches

Climate Resilience and Environmental Sustainability Approaches
Author: Anubha Kaushik,C. P. Kaushik,S. D. Attri
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 415
Release: 2021-09-07
ISBN: 9811609020
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Climate Resilience and Environmental Sustainability Approaches Book Excerpt:

The book is about climate resilience and environmental sustainability approaches, discussing knowledge at global level and the local challenges, presented by authors from various countries. Environmental sustainability is at stake and implications of climate change are clearly visible in most parts of the world. In the times of the prevailing global environmental crisis, this book discusses key issues of climate change and sustainable energy alternatives, waste management and development. It discusses climate change scenario using simulation models in various Asian countries, signatures of climate change in Antarctica, implications in the Indian Ocean and the Indian scenario of REDD+. A special focus has been given on building climate resilience in our agricultural ecosystems and sustainable agriculture. It discusses the prospects and challenges of renewable energy options including biofuels and energy from wastewaters, explores the technical aspects of eco-friendly bioremediation of pollutants, sustainable solid waste management practices and challenges, carbon footprints of industry, and emphasizes on the significance of combining traditional knowledge with modern technology with novel approaches including involvement of social enterprises and corporate social responsibility to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This is an important document for researchers and policy makers working in multidisciplinary fields of sustainability sciences.

Environmental Sustainability and Agenda 2030

Environmental Sustainability and Agenda 2030
Author: Venancio Tauringana,Olayinka Moses
Publsiher: Emerald Group Publishing
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2022-03-28
ISBN: 1802628819
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Environmental Sustainability and Agenda 2030 Book Excerpt:

Environmental Sustainability and Agenda 2030: Efforts, Progress & Prospects documents the status of environmental SDG implementation in the two developing blocs of BRICS and MINTS drawing attention to the progress of implementation at country and company levels, underscoring the urgent actions needed.

Promoting Global Environmental Sustainability and Cooperation

Promoting Global Environmental Sustainability and Cooperation
Author: Idris, Sofia
Publsiher: IGI Global
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2018-06-08
ISBN: 1522539913
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Promoting Global Environmental Sustainability and Cooperation Book Excerpt:

Due to natural factors and human activity, nature has been changing since the beginning of time. As the environment continuously undergoes such transitions, it is necessary for society to understand the complex interdependency between nature and humanity to promote global sustainability. Promoting Global Environmental Sustainability and Cooperation is a pivotal reference source featuring the latest scholarly research on the rising awareness of environmental issues and their relationships with sustainable development. While highlighting topics including global governance, international business, and sustainable consumption, this book is ideally designed for environmentalists, developers, policy makers, academicians, researchers, and graduate-level students seeking current research on the globalized world in relation to environmental issues.

Algae and Environmental Sustainability

Algae and Environmental Sustainability
Author: Bhaskar Singh,Kuldeep Bauddh,Faizal Bux
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 181
Release: 2015-12-22
ISBN: 8132226410
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Algae and Environmental Sustainability Book Excerpt:

This book presents the dynamic role of algae in a sustainable environment. Two major aspects, namely bioenergy and bioremediation, have been elaborated in various chapter contributed by scientists and teachers from different geographical areas throughout the world. Algal biofuels is an emerging area of equal interest to researchers, industries, and policy makers working or focusing on alternative (i.e. renewable) fuels. Algae have been an area of interest due to their wide range of applications. Over the last 5 decades, eukaryotic algae have been used in the aquaculture industry as feed for invertebrates, providing a rich source of antioxidants, dietary fiber, minerals and protein. More recently, there has been a focus on the use of algal biomass in the development of alternative fuels. The extraction of oil from algae has been widely explored as a much more viable feedstock than plant-based oils in large-scale fuel production. using algae as feedstock has the advantages that it doesn’t require arable land and that wastewater can be used as a source of nutrients in their culture. The multifunctional approach of algae includes pollution remediation, carbon sequestration, biofuels production, and delivery of value-added products. However, there are still some obstacles that need to be overcome to make their use as potential feedstock for biofuels techno-economically feasible. In order to maintain the sustainability aspect of algal biofuels, various aspects have to be studied and critically analyzed to assess the long-term sustainability of algal derived biofuels. This book discusses the role of algae as a promising future feedstock for biofuels. They are known to sequester carbon in much larger amounts than plants and as such the book also describes their phycoremediation potential for conventional as well as emerging contaminants. It describes the role of anaerobic digestion in algal biorefineries; bioreactions and process parameters; biogas recovery and reuse. The role of algal biofilm based technology in wastewater treatment and transforming waste into bio-products is discussed, and remediation of sewage water through algae is assessed. The book also describes the production of biohydrogen, bio-oil, biodiesel; and the major bottlenecks in their usage. The emerging characterization techniques of these biofuels (bio-oil and biodiesel) are described, as are the decolorizing potential of algae and the genetic engineering techniques that could enhance the production of lipids in algae. Other aspects of the book include the role of remote sensing technology in the monitoring of algae and a life cycle assessment of algal biofuels.

Business and Environmental Sustainability

Business and Environmental Sustainability
Author: Sigrun M. Wagner
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 422
Release: 2020-07-19
ISBN: 1351803158
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Business and Environmental Sustainability Book Excerpt:

Environmental sustainability is increasingly important to organisations, whether for regulatory, financial or ethical reasons. Business and Environmental Sustainability looks at the environmental aspect of sustainability for all organisations pursuing competitive advantage. The book provides theoretical foundations from science, economics, policy and strategy, introduces three environmental challenges (climate change, pollution and waste) and looks at how corporate functions can address these. This textbook provides a thorough foundation by introducing readers to the science, reasoning and theory behind environmental sustainability and then delves into how these ideas translate into principles and business models for organisations to use. Next, it covers environmental challenges from climate change, pollution and waste, and then goes on to examine the different corporate functions (from supply chain management to human resources) to illustrate how environmental sustainability is managed and put into practice in organisations. Finally, a set of integrative case studies draws everything together and enables the reader to apply various analytical tools, with the aim of understanding how companies can not only reduce their environmental footprint but can positively contribute to environmental sustainability. Written by an award-winning lecturer, Business and Environmental Sustainability boasts a wealth of pedagogical features, including examples from a range of industries and countries, plus a companion website with slides, quiz questions and instructor material. This will be a valuable text for students of business, management and environmental sustainability and will also be suitable for broader courses on corporate responsibility and sustainability across environmental studies, political science and engineering.

Soil Health and Environmental Sustainability

Soil Health and Environmental Sustainability
Author: Pravat Kumar Shit,Partha Pratim Adhikary,Gouri Sankar Bhunia,Debashish Sengupta
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 732
Release: 2022
ISBN: 3031092708
Category: Electronic books
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Soil Health and Environmental Sustainability Book Excerpt:

This book demonstrates the measurement, monitoring, mapping and modelling of soil pollution and land resources. This book explores state-of-the-art techniques based on open sources software & R statistical programming and modelling in modern geo-computation techniques specifically focusing on the recent trends in data mining/machine learning techniques and robust modelling in soil resources. Soil and agricultural systems are an integral part of the global environment and human wellbeing, providing multiple goods and services essential for people worldwide and crucial for sustainable development. Soil contamination is an environmental hazard and has become a big issue related to environmental health. The challenge of the twenty-first century is to reduce the contaminant load and bring it to below permissible level. The contamination is not only a problem affecting local environments at the place of occurrence but also spreading to other regions because of easy transportation of pollutants. This leads to direct and indirect contamination of land and aquatic systems, surface water and groundwater, inducing significant risks for natural ecosystems. In this context, the spatial modelling, prediction, efficient use, risk assessment, protection and management of soil resources in the agriculture system are the key to achieving sustainable development goals and ensuring the promotion of an economically, socially and environmental sustainability future. The aim of this book on soil contaminants and environmental health: application of geospatial technology is to identify the soil and sediment quality, sources of contaminants and risk assessment and focuses on the decision-making and planning point of view through GIS data management techniques. This book covers major topics such as spatial modelling in soil and sediments pollution and remediation; radioactive wastes, microbiology of soil and sediments, soil salinity and sodicity, pollution from landfill sites, soil erosion and contamination from agricultural activities, heavy metal pollution and health risk; environmental impact and risk assessment, sustainable land use, landscape management and governance, soil degradation and risk assessment, agricultural soil pollution, pollution due to urban activities, soil pollution by industrial effluents and solid wastes, pollution control and mitigation in extreme environments. The content of this book is of interest to researchers, professionals and policy-makers whose work is in soil science and agriculture practices. The book equips with the knowledge and skills to tackle a wide range of issues manifested in geographic data, including those with scientific, societal and environmental implications.

World Regional and Cultural Footprints and Environmental Sustainability

World Regional and Cultural Footprints and Environmental Sustainability
Author: Ebenezer O. Aka
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2017-04-26
ISBN: 0761868658
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

World Regional and Cultural Footprints and Environmental Sustainability Book Excerpt:

The book examines the issues of sustainability in general. It addresses various socioeconomic determinants of ecological footprints in different world’s nations, regions, and cultures. Major socioeconomic determinants of ecological footprints are fleshed out using Comparative Model Analysis and rigorous Multiple Regression Analysis. The study exposes the inequitable distribution of the world’s ecological footprints and also heightens the concern about ecological imbalances and overshoots. It explains how sustainable development can be promoted and achieved in regional, national, and local jurisdictions. The study provides information that will likely help various governments and policy-makers determine if a given nation, region, or culture is on a sustainable path. It helps government leaders, planners, policy-makers, and even students of sustainability make a difference in mitigating the effects of various environmental stressors. If this book makes people and policy-makers in different countries, regions, and cultures think globally but act locally, then the objectives are well-served.

Environmental Sustainability Growth Trajectory and Gender

Environmental Sustainability  Growth Trajectory and Gender
Author: Chandrima Chakraborty,Dipyaman Pal
Publsiher: Emerald Group Publishing
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2022-06-09
ISBN: 1802621555
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Environmental Sustainability Growth Trajectory and Gender Book Excerpt:

Environmental Sustainability, Growth Trajectory and Gender focuses on three major issues affecting developing economies: environmental sustainability, growth trajectory and gender. Awareness is increased through an exploration of policies and actions that will enhance gender equality and sustainable development.

Strategic information systems management for environmental sustainability enhancing firm competitiveness with Green IS

Strategic information systems management for environmental sustainability   enhancing firm competitiveness with Green IS
Author: Löser, Fabian
Publsiher: Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin
Total Pages: 292
Release: 2015-07-06
ISBN: 3798327696
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Strategic information systems management for environmental sustainability enhancing firm competitiveness with Green IS Book Excerpt:

During the last three decades, information and communication technologies have fundamentally changed the way we work, live and communicate. The ubiquity of internet services, which become increasingly interactive and complex, together with enhanced connectivity, facilitated by innovative mobile devices, induces an ever-rising demand for computing, storage and data transmission capacities. Today, information systems (IS) constitute the backbone of the globalized economy and are indispensable for modern business and production processes. At the same time, environmental sustainability has evolved as the most pressing societal challenge of the 21st century, in particular due to the looming threats of climate change. By virtue of their global influence and reach, business companies significantly contribute to the creation of environmental problems, but owing to their organizational knowledge, capabilities and resources, they also have the capacity and ability to play a key role in shaping the path towards a more sustainable development. The companies leading the way have noticed that corporate sustainability is not necessarily a burden that negatively impacts their bottom line. If strategically managed, environmental product and process innovations can decrease operational costs, enhance corporate reputation, and differentiate from competitors. With regard to environmental sustainability, IS play a contradictory role: on the one hand, the manufacturing, operation and disposal of information technology (IT) infrastructure are responsible for serious environmental impacts: from the mining of conflict minerals to carbon dioxide emissions that equal those of the airline industry to enormous amounts of toxic e-waste. On the other hand, IS are perceived as key enablers of a "green" economy: environmental management systems and the reengineering of business processes can substantially reduce the environmental impacts of business organizations, while technological innovations provide opportunities to decrease the ecological footprint of end-user products and services. Many organizations have started to implement first environmental measures to decrease IT energy consumption and to reduce operational costs, mostly in an unstructured and uncoordinated manner though. Although Green IS practices feature a considerable potential to increase corporate environmentalism while creating promising business opportunities, the adoption of enterprise-wide cross-functional initiatives aimed at implementing Green IS has been rather slow. Economic uncertainties regarding the long-term effects of Green IS adoption and the lack of appropriate management frameworks have been identified as main inhibitors of an encompassing implementation of Green IS initiatives throughout the enterprise. In this context, this thesis addresses relevant research gaps, contributes to theory development in the evolving Green IS research discipline, develops practice-oriented management frameworks, and emphasizes the importance of following a strategic approach to leverage the competitive potential of Green IS. This cumulative thesis comprises an introduction that includes a literature review and a pre-study, four theory-based conceptual research articles, and two empirical studies, one of them building on qualitative, exploratory case study research whereas the other relies on quantitative data which has been analyzed with structural equation modeling. This thesis targets four specific research goals to advance theory-building in Green IS research and to promote the adoption of Green IS in practice. First, this thesis clarifies and defines the central terms and key concepts Green IT, Green IS, Green IS strategy, and Green IS practices drawing on a transdisciplinary research approach. Second, the most important challenges and inhibitors of Green IS adoption are identified and characterized. In particular, the lack of management frameworks, which encourage a holistic implementation that follows a strategic rationale, the complexity of strategic Green IS alignment, the multi-dimensional performance impacts of cross-functional initiatives and, above all, the uncertainty relating to the business case of Green IS practices, are identified as the most pressing challenges. Third, current actions of business firms to address these challenges are examined. Building on exploratory case study research, distinctive Green IS strategies are identified in managerial practice. Most notably, the empirical insights from quantitative survey research suggest a positive relationship between Green IS adoption and firm competitiveness, thus decreasing the economic uncertainty which inhibits the implementation of far-reaching environmental initiatives. Fourth, practice-oriented management frameworks are developed. The fine-grained Green IS strategy concept advises the formulation of strategies addressing the corporate, competitive, and functional management level. The proposed typology of four Green IS strategies illustrates distinct strategic options, from which executives can choose under consideration of their competitive targets and the firm-specific context. To allow for consistency of Green IS strategies, the presented alignment framework facilitates coherence with economic and environmental corporate goals. Furthermore, the actors, roles and responsibilities relevant to the alignment process are described. In addition, a management framework for the holistic adoption of Green IS, which specifies decisive management areas and distinguishes between three degrees of environmental impacts, is presented along with a comprehensive catalogue of Green IS implementation measures. As a consequence, this research offers both empirical insights and conceptual models to advance the adoption of Green IS initiatives, thus meeting the challenges of climate change and turning corporate sustainability into a business opportunity. Informationssysteme (IS) zeigen in Bezug auf ökologische Nachhaltigkeit gegensätzliche Eigenschaften. Einerseits verursachen die Herstellung, der Betrieb sowie die Entsorgung von Informationstechnologie (IT) – Infrastrukturen schwerwiegende negative Umweltauswirkungen: Vom Abbau von Konfliktmineralien über Kohlendioxidemissionen bis hin zu beträchtlichen Mengen giftigen Elektroschrotts. Andererseits werden IS als Schlüsseltechnologien für eine nachhaltige Wirtschaft gesehen. Umweltmanagementsysteme und die Umgestaltung von Geschäftsprozessen können den ökologischen Fußabdruck von Organisationen bedeutend verringern. Zudem eröffnen technologische Innovationen neuartige Möglichkeiten, die Umweltauswirkungen von Produkten und Dienstleistungen über den gesamten Lebenszyklus hinweg zu senken. Zahlreiche Organisationen haben damit begonnen, einzelne Green-IT-Maßnahmen zu implementieren um den Energieverbrauch und operative Kosten zu senken. Allerdings verfolgen die meisten Unternehmen hierbei keinen strukturierten oder strategischen Ansatz. Obwohl Green-IS-Initiativen beachtliche Potentiale zur Verbesserung der ökologischen Nachhaltigkeit von Organisationen bieten und gleichzeitig vielversprechende wirtschaftliche Chancen eröffnen, schreitet die Umsetzung von bereichsübergreifenden Green-IS-Maßnahmen in Unternehmen nur langsam voran. Ökonomische Unsicherheiten in Bezug auf die Rentabilität derartiger Maßnahmen sowie der Mangel an adäquaten Management-Frameworks werden in diesem Zusammenhang als zentrale Hinderungsgründe für eine strategische und ganzheitliche Umsetzung von Green-IS-Initiativen identifiziert. Diese Dissertation adressiert diese Hinderungsgründe, schafft Schlüsselkonzepte für den neuen Green-IS-Forschungszweig, entwickelt praxisorientierte Management-Frameworks und hebt die Bedeutung eines strategischen Ansatzes bei der Implementierung von Green IS hervor. Diese Forschungsarbeit offeriert empirische Einblicke wie auch konzeptionelle Modelle um die Umsetzung ganzheitlicher Green-IS-Initiativen in Organisationen voranzutreiben. Unternehmen haben somit die Chance, den Herausforderungen des Klimawandels verantwortungsvoll zu begegnen und gleichzeitig durch eine nachhaltige Unternehmensführung Wettbewerbsvorteile zu generieren.