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 10: 1788972724
ISBN 13: 9781788972727
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of the Circular Economy Book Review:

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.

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 10: 1351614029
ISBN 13: 9781351614023
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Exergetic Aspects of Renewable Energy Systems Book Review:

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 New Net Zero

The New Net Zero
Author: Bill Maclay
Publsiher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2014-04
ISBN 10: 160358448X
ISBN 13: 9781603584487
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Net Zero Book Review:

The new threshold for green building is not just low energy, it's net-zero energy. In The New Net Zero, sustainable architect Bill Maclay charts the path for designers and builders interested in exploring green design's new-frontier net-zero-energy structures that produce as much energy as they consume and are carbon neutral. In a nation where traditional buildings use roughly 40 percent of the total fossil energy, the interest in net-zero building is growing enormously--among both designers interested in addressing climate change and consumers interested in energy efficiency and long-term savings. Maclay, an award-winning net-zero designer whose buildings have achieved high-performance goals at affordable costs, makes the case for a net-zero future; explains net-zero building metrics, integrated design practices, and renewable energy options; and shares his lessons learned on net-zero teambuilding. Designers and builders will find a wealth of state-of-the-art information on such considerations as air, water, and vapor barriers; embodied energy; residential and commercial net-zero standards; monitoring and commissioning; insulation options; costs; and more. The comprehensive overview is accompanied by several case studies, which include institutional buildings, commercial projects, and residences. Both new-building and renovation projects are covered in detail. The New Net Zero is geared toward professionals exploring net-zero design, but also suitable for nonprofessionals seeking ideas and strategies on net-zero options that are beautiful and renewably powered.

The Role of Oil and Gas Companies in the Energy Transition

The Role of Oil and Gas Companies in the Energy Transition
Author: Robert J. Johnston,Reed Blakemore,Randy Bell
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-01-10
ISBN 10: 9781619770850
ISBN 13: 1619770857
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Renewable Fuel Standard

Renewable Fuel Standard
Author: National Research Council,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,Board on Energy and Environmental Systems,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources,Committee on Economic and Environmental Impacts of Increasing Biofuels Production
Publsiher: National Academies Press
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2012-01-29
ISBN 10: 0309187516
ISBN 13: 9780309187510
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Renewable Fuel Standard Book Review:

In the United States, we have come to depend on plentiful and inexpensive energy to support our economy and lifestyles. In recent years, many questions have been raised regarding the sustainability of our current pattern of high consumption of nonrenewable energy and its environmental consequences. Further, because the United States imports about 55 percent of the nation's consumption of crude oil, there are additional concerns about the security of supply. Hence, efforts are being made to find alternatives to our current pathway, including greater energy efficiency and use of energy sources that could lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions such as nuclear and renewable sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuels. The United States has a long history with biofuels and the nation is on a course charted to achieve a substantial increase in biofuels. Renewable Fuel Standard evaluates the economic and environmental consequences of increasing biofuels production as a result of Renewable Fuels Standard, as amended by EISA (RFS2). The report describes biofuels produced in 2010 and those projected to be produced and consumed by 2022, reviews model projections and other estimates of the relative impact on the prices of land, and discusses the potential environmental harm and benefits of biofuels production and the barriers to achieving the RFS2 consumption mandate. Policy makers, investors, leaders in the transportation sector, and others with concerns for the environment, economy, and energy security can rely on the recommendations provided in this report.

The Economics of Climate Change

The Economics of Climate Change
Author: Nicholas Stern,Nicholas Herbert Stern,Great Britain. Treasury
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 692
Release: 2007-01-04
ISBN 10: 0521700809
ISBN 13: 9780521700801
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Economics of Climate Change Book Review:

Independent, rigorous and comprehensive analysis of the economic aspects of climate change.

Energy Kingdoms

Energy Kingdoms
Author: Jim Krane
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2018-12-08
ISBN 10: 9780231179300
ISBN 13: 0231179308
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Energy Kingdoms Book Review:

Jim Krane takes readers inside the monarchies to consider the conundrum facing the Gulf states. He traces the history of their energy use and policies, looking in particular at how energy subsidies have distorted demand.

Life Cycle Assessment of Biorefineries

Life Cycle Assessment of Biorefineries
Author: Edgard Gnansounou,Ashok Pandey
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 322
Release: 2016-12-20
ISBN 10: 0444635866
ISBN 13: 9780444635860
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life Cycle Assessment of Biorefineries Book Review:

Life-Cycle Assessment of Biorefineries, the sixth and last book in the series on biomass-biorefineries discusses the unprecedented growth and development in the emerging concept of a global bio-based economy in which biomass-based biorefineries have attained center stage for the production of fuels and chemicals. It is envisaged that by 2020 a majority of chemicals currently being produced through a chemical route will be produced via a bio-based route. Agro-industrial residues, municipal solid wastes, and forestry wastes have been considered as the most significant feedstocks for such bio-refineries. However, for the techno-economic success of such biorefineries, it is of prime and utmost importance to understand their lifecycle assessment for various aspects. Provides state-of-art information on the basics and fundamental principles of LCA for biorefineries Contains key features for the education and understanding of integrated biorefineries Presents models that are used to cope with land-use changes and their effects on biorefineries Includes relevant case studies that illustrate main points

The Zeronauts

The Zeronauts
Author: John Elkington
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 1849713979
ISBN 13: 9781849713979
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Zeronauts Book Review:

A world of 9 billion people by mid-century will demand fundamental changes in our mindsets, behaviors, cultures, and overarching paradigm. Just as our species broke the Sound Barrier during the 1940s and 1950s, a new breed of innovator, entrepreneur, and investor is lining up to break the Sustainability Barrier. In this book, John Elkington introduces the Zeronauts – a new breed of innovator, determined to drive problems such as carbon, waste, toxics, and poverty to zero – as well as creating the first Zeronaut Roll of Honor, spotlighting 50 pioneers in the field of zero. Zeronauts are innovating in an astonishing range of areas, tackling hugely diverse economic, social, environmental, and governance challenges. To give a sense of progress to date, we zero in on five key challenges (the 5Ps): population growth, pandemics, poverty, pollution, and proliferation. The power of zero has been trumpeted, notably in relation to zero defects. This book spotlights key lessons learned in the field of total quality management – and introduces a five-stage "Pathways to Zero" model, running through from the Eureka! discovery moment to the point where a new way of doing things becomes endemic in the economy. In order to move from incremental to transformative change, we must embrace wider framings, deeper insights, higher targets, and longer time scales. This book investigates some ways in which leading Zeronauts are pushing change in relevant directions, with cases drawn from a spectrum of human activity – from water profligacy to human genital mutilation. If we learn from these pioneers, the twenty-first century could be our best yet.

Towards Sustainable Development Environmental Indicators

Towards Sustainable Development Environmental Indicators
Author: OECD
Publsiher: OECD Publishing
Total Pages: 132
Release: 1998-07-17
ISBN 10: 9264163204
ISBN 13: 9789264163201
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Towards Sustainable Development Environmental Indicators Book Review:

This publication presents leading environmental indicators from the OECD Core Set and thus contributes to measuring environmental performance and progress towards sustainable development.

Sustainable Consumption and Production

Sustainable Consumption and Production
Author: United Nations Publications
Publsiher: UN
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2017-04-03
ISBN 10: 9789280733648
ISBN 13: 9280733648
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sustainable Consumption and Production Book Review:

"This Handbook is an output of UNEP's work towards the implementation of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). This global edition is based on a pilot edition for Asia and the Pacific region that was developed under the EU funded and UNEP managed Regional Policy Support Component of the SWITCH-Asia programme. It is designed to assist policymakers in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating policies that support the transition towards SCP. It includes numerous case studies highlighting SCP opportunities and existing successful initiatives from across the world."--Publisher's description.

Handbook of Industry 4 0 and SMART Systems

Handbook of Industry 4 0 and SMART Systems
Author: Diego Galar Pascual,Pasquale Daponte,Uday Kumar
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 374
Release: 2019-10-01
ISBN 10: 0429849672
ISBN 13: 9780429849671
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Industry 4 0 and SMART Systems Book Review:

Industry 4.0 refers to fourth generation of industrial activity characterized by smart systems and internet-based solutions. This book describes the fourth revolution based on instrumented, interconnected and intelligent assets. The different book chapters provide a perspective on technologies and methodologies developed and deployed leading to this concept. With an aim to increase performance, productivity and flexibility, major application area of maintenance through smart system has been discussed in detail. Applicability of 4.0 in transportation, energy and infrastructure is explored, with effects on technology, organisation and operations from a systems perspective.

Why Forests Why Now

Why Forests  Why Now
Author: Frances Seymour,Jonah Busch
Publsiher: Brookings Institution Press
Total Pages: 429
Release: 2016-12-27
ISBN 10: 1933286865
ISBN 13: 9781933286860
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why Forests Why Now Book Review:

Tropical forests are an undervalued asset in meeting the greatest global challenges of our time—averting climate change and promoting development. Despite their importance, tropical forests and their ecosystems are being destroyed at a high and even increasing rate in most forest-rich countries. The good news is that the science, economics, and politics are aligned to support a major international effort over the next five years to reverse tropical deforestation. Why Forests? Why Now? synthesizes the latest evidence on the importance of tropical forests in a way that is accessible to anyone interested in climate change and development and to readers already familiar with the problem of deforestation. It makes the case to decisionmakers in rich countries that rewarding developing countries for protecting their forests is urgent, affordable, and achievable.

Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies

Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies
Author: Martin Abraham
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 2262
Release: 2017-07-04
ISBN 10: 0128047925
ISBN 13: 9780128047927
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies Book Review:

Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies provides an authoritative assessment of the sustainable technologies that are currently available or in development. Sustainable technology includes the scientific understanding, development and application of a wide range of technologies and processes and their environmental implications. Systems and lifecycle analyses of energy systems, environmental management, agriculture, manufacturing and digital technologies provide a comprehensive method for understanding the full sustainability of processes. In addition, the development of clean processes through green chemistry and engineering techniques are also described. The book is the first multi-volume reference work to employ both Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Triple Bottom Line (TBL) approaches to assessing the wide range of technologies available and their impact upon the world. Both approaches are long established and widely recognized, playing a key role in the organizing principles of this valuable work. Provides readers with a one-stop guide to the most current research in the field Presents a grounding of the fundamentals of the field of sustainable technologies Written by international leaders in the field, offering comprehensive coverage of the field and a consistent, high-quality scientific standard Includes the Life Cycle Analysis and Triple Bottom Line approaches to help users understand and assess sustainable technologies

Green Infrastructure Finance

Green Infrastructure Finance
Author: The World Bank
Publsiher: World Bank Publications
Total Pages: 72
Release: 2012-06-06
ISBN 10: 0821395289
ISBN 13: 9780821395288
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Green Infrastructure Finance Book Review:

This report builds on the conclusions of the Green Infrastructure Finance: Leading Initiatives and Research report and lays out a simple and elegant way in which scarce public financing can leverage market interest in greening infrastructure, particularly in the East Asia and Pacific Region.

Life Cycle Impact Assessment

Life Cycle Impact Assessment
Author: Michael Z. Hauschild,Mark A.J. Huijbregts
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 339
Release: 2015-03-24
ISBN 10: 9401797447
ISBN 13: 9789401797443
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life Cycle Impact Assessment Book Review:

This book offers a detailed presentation of the principles and practice of life cycle impact assessment. As a volume of the LCA compendium, the book is structured according to the LCIA framework developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)passing through the phases of definition or selection of impact categories, category indicators and characterisation models (Classification): calculation of category indicator results (Characterisation); calculating the magnitude of category indicator results relative to reference information (Normalisation); and converting indicator results of different impact categories by using numerical factors based on value-choices (Weighting). Chapter one offers a historical overview of the development of life cycle impact assessment and presents the boundary conditions and the general principles and constraints of characterisation modelling in LCA. The second chapter outlines the considerations underlying the selection of impact categories and the classification or assignment of inventory flows into these categories. Chapters three through thirteen exploreall the impact categories that are commonly included in LCIA, discussing the characteristics of each followed by a review of midpoint and endpoint characterisation methods, metrics, uncertainties and new developments, and a discussion of research needs. Chapter-length treatment is accorded to Climate Change; Stratospheric Ozone Depletion; Human Toxicity; Particulate Matter Formation; Photochemical Ozone Formation; Ecotoxicity; Acidification; Eutrophication; Land Use; Water Use; and Abiotic Resource Use. The final two chapters map out the optional LCIA steps of Normalisation and Weighting.

Life History and Narrative

Life History and Narrative
Author: J. Amos Hatch,Richard Wisniewski
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2002-11
ISBN 10: 1135718784
ISBN 13: 9781135718787
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life History and Narrative Book Review:

Narrative inquiry refers to a subset of qualitative research design in which stories are used to describe human action. This book contains current ideas in this emerging field of research. Chapters include a qualitative analysis of narrative data; criteria for evaluating narrative inquiry, linking emotion and reason through narrative voice, audience and the politics of narrative; trust in educational storytelling; narrative strategies for case reports; life history narratives and women's gender identity; and issues in life history and narrative inquiry. This text is intended to be of interest to all qualitative researchers and education researchers studying forms of narrative.

Islam and International Relations

Islam and International Relations
Author: Mustapha Kamal Pasha
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 177
Release: 2017-04-21
ISBN 10: 1317239075
ISBN 13: 9781317239079
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam and International Relations Book Review:

Islam and International Relations: Fractured Worlds reframes and radically disrupts perceived understanding of the nature and location of Islamic impulses in international relations. This collection of innovative essays written by Mustapha Kamal Pasha presents an alternative reading of contestation and entanglement between Islam and modernity. Wide-ranging in scope, the volume illustrates the limits of Western political imagination, especially its liberal construction of presumed divergence between Islam and the West. Split into three parts, Pasha’s articles cover Islamic exceptionalism, challenges and responses, and also look beyond Western international relations. This volume will be of great interest to graduates and scholars of international relations, Islam, religion and politics, and political ideologies, globalization and democracy.

Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels

Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels
Author: National Research Council,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,Board on Energy and Environmental Systems,Committee on Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels
Publsiher: National Academies Press
Total Pages: 394
Release: 2013-04-14
ISBN 10: 0309268524
ISBN 13: 9780309268523
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels Book Review:

For a century, almost all light-duty vehicles (LDVs) have been powered by internal combustion engines operating on petroleum fuels. Energy security concerns about petroleum imports and the effect of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on global climate are driving interest in alternatives. Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels assesses the potential for reducing petroleum consumption and GHG emissions by 80 percent across the U.S. LDV fleet by 2050, relative to 2005. This report examines the current capability and estimated future performance and costs for each vehicle type and non-petroleum-based fuel technology as options that could significantly contribute to these goals. By analyzing scenarios that combine various fuel and vehicle pathways, the report also identifies barriers to implementation of these technologies and suggests policies to achieve the desired reductions. Several scenarios are promising, but strong, and effective policies such as research and development, subsidies, energy taxes, or regulations will be necessary to overcome barriers, such as cost and consumer choice.

Net Zero Energy Building

Net Zero Energy Building
Author: Ming Hu
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 162
Release: 2019-03-25
ISBN 10: 1351256505
ISBN 13: 9781351256506
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Net Zero Energy Building Book Review:

What do we mean by net zero energy? Zero operating energy? Zero energy costs? Zero emissions? There is no one answer: approaches to net zero building vary widely across the globe and are influenced by different environmental and cultural contexts. Net Zero Energy Building: Predicted and Unintended Consequences presents a comprehensive overview of variations in 'net zero' building practices. Drawing on examples from countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, and China, Ming Hu examines diverse approaches to net zero and reveals their intended and unintended consequences. Existing approaches often focus on operating energy: how to make buildings more efficient by reducing the energy consumed by climate control, lighting, and appliances. Hu goes beyond this by analyzing overall energy consumption and environmental impact across the entire life cycle of a building—ranging from the manufacture of building materials to transportation, renovation, and demolition. Is net zero building still achievable once we look at these factors? With clear implications for future practice, this is key reading for professionals in building design, architecture, and construction, as well as students on sustainable and green architecture courses.