Handbook of the Circular Economy

Handbook of the Circular Economy
Author: Miguel Brandão,David Lazarevic,Göran Finnveden
Publsiher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2020-12-25
ISBN: 1788972724
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of the Circular Economy Book Excerpt:

This crucial Handbook brings together the latest thinking on the circular economy, an area that has increasingly caught global attention. Contributors explore a broad range of themes such as recycling systems and new business models, as well as consolidating the many ways in which the topic has been dealt with in research, business and policy-making. The Handbook of the Circular Economy is not only relevant, but also essential for students, academics, and policy-makers trying to make sense of the plethora of ways in which the term has been applied and interpreted.

Carbon Governance Climate Change and Business Transformation

Carbon Governance  Climate Change and Business Transformation
Author: Adam Bumpus,James Tansey,Blas Luis Pérez Henríquez,Chukwumerije Okereke
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2014-07-17
ISBN: 1135067856
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Carbon Governance Climate Change and Business Transformation Book Excerpt:

Transformation to a low carbon economy is a central tenet to any discussion on the solutions to the complex challenges of climate change and energy security. Despite advances in policy, carbon management and continuing development of clean technology, fundamental business transformation has not occurred because of multiple political, economic, social and organisational issues. Carbon Governance, Climate Change and Business Transformation is based on leading academic and industry input, and three international workshops focused on low carbon transformation in leading climate policy jurisdictions (Canada, USA and the UK) under the international Carbon Governance Project (CGP) banner. The book pulls insights from this innovative collaborative network to identify the policy combinations needed to create transformative change. It explores fundamental questions about how governments and the private sector conceptualize the problem of climate change, the conditions under which business transformation can genuinely take place and key policy and business innovations needed. Broadly, the book is based on emerging theories of multi-levelled, multi-actor carbon governance, and applies these ideas to the real world implications for tackling climate change through business transformation. Conceptually and empirically, this book stimulates both academic discussion and practical business models for low carbon transformation.

Is Science Enough

Is Science Enough
Author: Aviva Chomsky
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2022-04-05
ISBN: 0807015784
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Is Science Enough Book Excerpt:

Why social, racial, and economic justice is just as crucial as science in determining how humans can reverse climate catastrophe. We are facing a climate catastrophe. A plethora of studies describe the damage we’ve already done, the droughts, the wildfires, the super-storms, the melting glaciers, the heat waves, and the displaced people fleeing lands that are becoming uninhabitable. Many people understand that we are facing a climate emergency, but may be fuzzy on technical, policy, and social justice aspects. In Is Science Enough?, Aviva Chomsky breaks down the concepts, terminology, and debates for activists, students, and anyone concerned about climate change. She argues that science is not enough to change course: we need put social, racial, and economic justice front and center and overhaul the global growth economy. Chomsky’s accessible primer focuses on 5 key issues: 1) Technical questions: What exactly are “clean,” “renewable,” and “zero-emission” energy sources? How much do different sectors (power generation, transportation, agriculture, industry, etc.) contribute to climate change? Can forests serve as a carbon sink? 2) Policy questions: What is the Green New Deal? How does a cap-and-trade system work? How does the United States subsidize the fossil fuel industry? 3) What can I do as an individual?: Do we need to consume less? What kinds of individual actions can make the most difference? Should we all be vegetarians? 4) Social, racial, and economic justice: What’s the relationship of inequality to climate change? What do race and racism have to do with climate change? How are pandemics related to climate change? 5) Broadening the lens: What is economic growth? How important is it, and how does it affect the environment? What is degrowth?

Decarbonising Cities

Decarbonising Cities
Author: Vanessa Rauland,Peter Newman
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 266
Release: 2015-03-27
ISBN: 3319155067
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Decarbonising Cities Book Excerpt:

This book sets out some positive directions to move forward including government policy and regulatory options, an innovative GRID (Greening, Regenerative, Improvement Districts) scheme that can assist with funding and management, and the first steps towards an innovative carbon credit scheme for the built environment. Decarbonising cities is a global agenda with huge significance for the future of urban civilisation. Global demonstrations have shown that technology and design issues are largely solved. However, the mainstreaming of low carbon urban development, particularly at the precinct scale, currently lacks sufficient: standards for measuring carbon covering operational, embodied and transport emissions; assessment and decision-making tools to assist in design options; certifying processes for carbon neutrality within the built environment; and accreditation processes for enabling carbon credits to be generated from precinct-wide urban development. Numerous barriers are currently hindering greater adoption of high performance, low carbon developments, many of which relate to implementation and governance. How to enable and manage precinct-scale renewables and other low carbon technologies within an urban setting is a particular challenge.

Transport Strategies for Net Zero Systems by Design

Transport Strategies for Net Zero Systems by Design
Author: OECD
Publsiher: OECD Publishing
Total Pages: 175
Release: 2021-11-08
ISBN: 926486878X
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Transport Strategies for Net Zero Systems by Design Book Excerpt:

Efforts that primarily focus on incremental change in systems that are unsustainable by design are one of the main barriers to scaling up climate action. This report applies the OECD well-being lens process to the transport sector.

Energy Transformation

Energy Transformation
Author: Claude Turmes
Publsiher: Biteback Publishing
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2017-07-13
ISBN: 1785902962
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Energy Transformation Book Excerpt:

The European Union has powerful resources at its disposal to tackle global warming; together, the countries of the EU are global leaders in the use of renewables. Why, then, has there been such slow progress in actually enforcing energy policy changes? Energy Transformation reveals the bitter political battles fought inside EU institutions over the past fifteen years between the architects of energy transition - those who develop solutions against the grave impetus of global warming - and the saboteurs, who infiltrate the highest European levels of decision-making to slow down the system transformation. Claude Turmes, a prominent MEP on environmental issues, explores a field marked equally by progress and setbacks, from the enthusiasm of the early 2000s to the relapse of the post-2008 economic crisis, with each progressive proposal facing corporate lobbying and high-stakes pressure. It is vital - now more than ever - to understand what we, as industrialised nations, should do. This is a fight not only for the economy, but for democracy and the future of the planet. With the ever-accelerating impact of global warming causing irreversible damage, the time to act is now.

Exergetic Aspects of Renewable Energy Systems

Exergetic Aspects of Renewable Energy Systems
Author: Evanthia A. Nanaki,George Xydis
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2019-08-12
ISBN: 1351614029
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Exergetic Aspects of Renewable Energy Systems Book Excerpt:

Energy is essential to all human activities as well as critical to social and economic development. Sustainable energy planning encompassing the concept of smart cities has a high potential to significantly contribute to climate change mitigation. For improved energy efficiency, it is essential to find low carbon solutions for the urban environment. The integration and management of energy supply with predominant exploitation of local resources is examined through the fundamental concept of exergy. This book can assist in decision making, with regard to sustainable energy design both at a national and local level.

The Connectivity of Innovation in the Construction Industry

The Connectivity of Innovation in the Construction Industry
Author: Malena Ingemansson Havenvid,Åse Linné,Lena E. Bygballe,Chris Harty
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 306
Release: 2019-04-01
ISBN: 1351110179
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Connectivity of Innovation in the Construction Industry Book Excerpt:

The construction industry is currently experiencing accelerating developments concerning societal demands along with project complexity, internationalization and digitalization. In an attempt to grasp the consequences of these demands on productivity and innovation, this edited book addresses how innovation is likely to take place with a more long-term perspective on the construction sector. While existing literature focuses on organizational discontinuity and fragmentation as the main reasons for the apparent lack of innovation in the industry, this book highlights the connectivity of construction actors, resources and activities as fundamental for understanding how innovation takes place.Through 15 empirically grounded chapters, the book shows how innovation is part of construction processes on various levels, including project, firm and industry, and that these innovation processes are characterized by organizational and technological connectivity over time. Written by European business management scholars, the chapters cover empirical cases and examples from both a multi-organizational and a multi-international perspective in terms of covering the viewpoints of different industry actors and the contexts of several different European countries including: Sweden, Norway, the UK, Italy, France, Hungary and Poland. By illustrating how connectivity is part of innovation processes in the creation of single-product innovations, of various innovations within and across projects, as well as a fundamental aspect of the processes in which innovations cross nations, the book provides a new angle on how to understand construction innovation and where the industry might (or needs to) be heading next. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in construction management, project management, engineering management, innovation studies, business and management studies.

Developing and Deploying Negative Emission Technologies System level Assessment and Rationalization

Developing and Deploying Negative Emission Technologies  System level Assessment and Rationalization
Author: Aidong Yang,Mijndert Van Der Spek,Wilfried Rickels,Barbara Olfe-Kraeutlein,Patrick Lamers,Volker Sick,Miguel Brandão
Publsiher: Frontiers Media SA
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-09-23
ISBN: 288971344X
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Net Positive

Net Positive
Author: Paul Polman,Andrew Winston
Publsiher: Harvard Business Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2021-10-05
ISBN: 1647821312
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Net Positive Book Excerpt:

Runaway climate change and rampant inequality are ravaging the world and costing a fortune. Who will help lead us to a better future? Business. These massive dual challenges—and other profound shifts, such as pandemics, resource pressures, and shrinking biodiversity—threaten our very existence. Other megatrends, such as the push for a clean economy and the unprecedented focus on diversity and inclusion, offer exciting new opportunities to heal the world, and prosper by doing so. Government cannot do this alone. Business must step up. In this seminal book, former Unilever CEO Paul Polman and sustainable business guru Andrew Winston explode fifty years of corporate dogma. They reveal, for the first time, key lessons from Unilever and other pioneering companies around the world about how you can profit by fixing the world's problems instead of creating them. To thrive today and tomorrow, they argue, companies must become "net positive"—giving more to the world than they take. A net positive company: Improves the lives of everyone it touches, from customers and suppliers to employees and communities, greatly increasing long-term shareholder returns in the process. Takes ownership of all the social and environmental impacts its business model creates. This in turn provides opportunities for innovation, savings, and building a more humane, connected, and purpose-driven culture. Partners with competitors, civil society, and governments to drive transformative change that no single group or enterprise could deliver alone. This is no utopian fantasy. Courageous leaders are already making it real—and the stakes couldn't be higher. With bold vision and compelling stories, Net Positive sets out the principles and practices that will deliver the scale of change and transformation the world so desperately needs. Join the movement now at netpositive.world

Handbook of Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Handbook of Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Author: Umberto Desideri,Francesco Asdrubali
Publsiher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Total Pages: 858
Release: 2018-11-12
ISBN: 0128128186
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Book Excerpt:

Handbook of Energy Efficiency in Buildings: A Life Cycle Approach offers a comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the subject with a further focus on the Life Cycle. The editors, renowned academics, invited a diverse group of researchers to develop original chapters for the book and managed to well integrate all contributions in a consistent volume. Sections cover the role of the building sector on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, international technical standards, laws and regulations, building energy efficiency and zero energy consumption buildings, the life cycle assessment of buildings, from construction to decommissioning, and other timely topics. The multidisciplinary approach to the subject makes it valuable for researchers and industry based Civil, Construction, and Architectural Engineers. Researchers in related fields as built environment, energy and sustainability at an urban scale will also benefit from the books integrated perspective. Presents a complete and thorough coverage of energy efficiency in buildings Provides an integrated approach to all the different elements that impact energy efficiency Contains coverage of worldwide regulation

Introduction to Climate Change Management

Introduction to Climate Change Management
Author: John C. Shideler,Jean Hetzel
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 263
Release: 2021-12-19
ISBN: 3030879186
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Introduction to Climate Change Management Book Excerpt:

This book provides climate students with the basic scientific background to climate change management. Students will learn about international and national approaches to climate change management defined in voluntary initiatives as well as in national law and international agreements. The book describes mitigation and adaptation measures, monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, and strategies for achieving a low-carbon economy, including green finance. This book combines theory and practice, introducing students to the conceptual background but also taking a professional and technical approach with case studies and low carbon toolkits. Filled with didactic elements such as concept schemes, tables, charts, figures, examples, as well as questions and answers at the end of the chapters, this book aims to engage critical thinking and the discussion of important topics of our days. The low-carbon strategy is one of the answers to limiting the greenhouse effect on our planet. This strategy is to minimize the overall carbon consumption in the life cycle of the products we consume, from the extraction of raw materials to the end of their life. The future is being built today. This book will guide its readers along the path of imagining and realizing a low-carbon economy.”

Challenging Inequality in South Africa

Challenging Inequality in South Africa
Author: Michelle Williams,Vishwas Satgar
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 146
Release: 2021-05-14
ISBN: 1000194256
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Challenging Inequality in South Africa Book Excerpt:

In Challenging Inequality in South Africa: Transitional Compasses leading scholars of South Africa explore creative possibilities to challenge structures of economic, social and political power that produce inequality. Through concrete empirical examples of movements, workers’ struggles, initiatives, and politics in challenging inequality, the authors illustrate ‘transitional compasses’ that go beyond protest politics to a ‘generative’ politics, a politics of building the alternatives in the interstitial spaces of capitalism. The conceptual framing is oriented around the way in which power is produced and reproduced through intricate relationships between hegemonic projects and everyday life. While power underpins all social relations, it is often taken for granted, as it is frequently hidden behind other social relations. Resistance to power emerges through engendering counter-hegemonic projects that are intertwined with alternative everyday practices. The authors highlight sources of alternative forms of power found in resistance to dominant forms of power through concrete experiences to create transformative alternatives. To concretize the conceptual framing, the authors look at the emancipatory possibilities of a universal basic income, the use of law in tackling inequality in health and education, creative initiatives to establish a people-centred food system through food sovereignty, new forms of organizing led by precarious workers, democratic possibilities in local state delivery, and attempts at reconceptualizing the good life by looking at issues of happiness and ecosocialism. The chapters in this book were originally published in the journal, Globalizations.

Targeting Zero

Targeting Zero
Author: Simon Sturgis
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2019-06-27
ISBN: 1000702359
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Targeting Zero Book Excerpt:

Embodied and Whole Life Carbon will change the way buildings are designed, yet carbon emissions associated with the construction and life of buildings are not yet wholly understood by the profession. Energy is assumed to be the province of services engineers, yet energy from materials is as big an issue. Architects have the opportunity to take the lead in redefining how buildings are designed to achieve a low carbon future.

U S Energy Security

U S  Energy Security
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science. Subcommittee on Energy
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 127
Release: 2002
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Energy conservation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

U S Energy Security Book Excerpt:

Intelligent Energy Field Manufacturing

Intelligent Energy Field Manufacturing
Author: Wenwu Zhang
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 728
Release: 2018-10-03
ISBN: 9781420071030
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Intelligent Energy Field Manufacturing Book Excerpt:

Edited by prominent researchers and with contributions from experts in their individual areas, Intelligent Energy Field Manufacturing: Interdisciplinary Process Innovations explores a new philosophy of engineering. An in-depth introduction to Intelligent Energy Field Manufacturing (EFM), this book explores a fresh engineering methodology that not only integrates but goes beyond methodologies such as Design for Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Concurrent Engineering, TRIZ, green and sustainable manufacturing, and more. This book gives a systematic introduction to classic non-mechanical manufacturing processes as well as offering big pictures of some technical frontiers in modern engineering. The book suggests that any manufacturing process is actually a process of injecting human intelligence into the interaction between material and the various energy fields in order to transfer the material into desired configurations. It discusses technological innovation, dynamic M-PIE flows, the generalities of energy fields, logic functional materials and intelligence, the open scheme of intelligent EFM implementation, and the principles of intelligent EFM. The book takes a highly interdisciplinary approach that includes research frontiers such as micro/nano fabrication, high strain rate processes, laser shock forming, materials science and engineering, bioengineering, etc., in addition to a detailed treatment of the so called "non-traditional" manufacturing processes, which covers waterjet machining, laser material processing, ultrasonic material processing, EDM/ECM, etc. Filled with illustrative pictures, figures, and tables that make technical materials more absorbable, the book cuts across multiple engineering disciplines. The majority of books in this area report the facts of proven knowledge, while the behind-the-scenes thinking is usually neglected. This book examines the big picture of manufacturing in depth before diving into the details of an individual process, demonstrating how innovations are achieved. It lowers barriers to technical innovation, meets new engineering challenges, and systematically introduces manufacturing processes.

Saving Earth

Saving Earth
Author: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2022-04-05
ISBN: 0374313067
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Saving Earth Book Excerpt:

A timely and inspiring nonfiction guide for middle grade readers about the history of our fight against climate change, and how young people today are rising to action. Inspired by Nathaniel Rich’s Losing Earth: A Recent History, the acclaimed book that grew out of an August 2018 issue of the New York Times Magazine solely dedicated to it, Saving Earth tells the human story of the climate change conversation from the recent past into the present day. It wrestles with the long shadow of our failures, what might be ahead for today’s generation, and crucial questions of how we understand the world we live in—and how we can work together to change the outlook for the better. Written by acclaimed author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and enlivened with illustrations from Tim Foley, and filled with the voices of climate activists from the past and present, this book is both a call to action and a riveting dramatic history. A Junior Library Guild Selection

Consumption based emissions reporting

Consumption based emissions reporting
Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Energy and Climate Change Committee
Publsiher: The Stationery Office
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2012-04-18
ISBN: 9780215043795
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Consumption based emissions reporting Book Excerpt:

The Department for Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) official CO2 figures - that count territorial emissions from power stations and transport, etc, within UK borders - show nearly 20% reduction between 1990-2009. But research commissioned for the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs reveals that CO2 emissions were 20% higher in 2009 if consumption based emissions - from imported goods - are included. The fall in territorial emissions was not mainly the consequence of the Government's climate policy. Rather it was the result of the shift in manufacturing industries away from the UK and the switch from coal to gas-fired electricity generation that began in the early 1990s. Since 1990 carbon dioxide emissions from imports have almost doubled (from 166 million tonnes (Mt) CO2 to 331 Mt CO2 in 2009). If the UK wishes to encourage emissions reductions in countries that manufacture and export goods to the UK, the MPs say the Government should recognise the growth in the UK's consumption-based emissions. Acknowledging that UK consumption is driving up territorial emissions in other countries could increase the UK's leverage over those emissions and help to secure a binding global agreement on carbon cuts. There is sufficiently robust data available to develop new policy options and identify carbon-intensive behaviours that are overlooked by concentrating on territorial emissions alone. Ministers should explore the options for incorporating consumption-based emissions data in to the policy making process and setting emissions targets on a consumption-basis at the national level.

The Climate Solutions Consensus

The Climate Solutions Consensus
Author: National Council for Science and the Environment
Publsiher: Island Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2012-06-22
ISBN: 1610911288
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Climate Solutions Consensus Book Excerpt:

In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize (with former Vice President Al Gore) for its reporting on the human causes of climate change. In 2008, the National Council for Science and the Environment reported that the acceleration of climate change is already faster than the IPCC projected only a year earlier. How we deal with the rapid environmental changes, and the human forces that are driving these changes, will be among the defining issues of our generation. Climate Solutions Consensus presents an agenda for America. It is the first major consensus statement by the nation’s leading scientists, and it provides specific recommendations for federal policies, for state and local governments, for businesses, and for colleges and universities that are preparing future generations who will be dealing with a radically changed climate. The book draws upon the recommendations developed by more than 1200 scientists, educators and decision makers who participated in the National Council for Science and the Environment’s 8th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment. After presenting a lucid narrative of the science behind climate change and its solutions, Climate Solutions Consensus presents 35 practical, results-oriented approaches for minimizing climate change and its impacts. It clearly spells out options for technological, societal, and policy actions. And it deals head-on with controversial topics, including nuclear energy, ocean fertilization and atmospheric geo-engineering. One of the book’s key conclusions is that climate solutions are about much more than energy sources. They involve re-examining everything people do with an eye toward minimizing climate impacts. This includes our eating habits, consumption patterns, transportation, building and housing, forestry, land use, education, and more. According to these scientists, the time to act is now. With clarity and urgency, they tell us exactly what needs to be done to start reversing the driving factors behind climate change, minimizing their consequences, and adapting to what is beyond our power to stop.

Griffith Review 71

Griffith Review 71
Author: Ashley Hay
Publsiher: GRIFFITH REVIEW
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2021-02-01
ISBN: 192221258X
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Griffith Review 71 Book Excerpt:

Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance features essays, reportage, memoir, fiction and poetry that examine our relationship with resources both tangible and intangible, physical and personal. What we grow, eat, mine, burn, transform and manufacture all place increasing stress on the world's ecosystems. And a planetary population of more than 7.8 billion means resources have never had to do more work, both economically and existentially. How can we change what we do with what we have? Work from this edition has been supported by funding from Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and the McLean Foundation.