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

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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 10: 1135067856
ISBN 13: 9781135067854
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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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: 234
Release: 2022-04-05
ISBN 10: 0807015784
ISBN 13: 9780807015780
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Is Science Enough Book Review:

Why social, racial, and economic justice are 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?

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 10: 926486878X
ISBN 13: 9789264868786
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Transport Strategies for Net Zero Systems by Design Book Review:

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 Materials Discovery

Energy Materials Discovery
Author: Geoffrey A Ozin,Joel Y Y Loh
Publsiher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Total Pages: 444
Release: 2022-06-13
ISBN 10: 1839163844
ISBN 13: 9781839163845
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Materials have the potential to be the centrepiece for the transition to viable renewable energy technologies if they realise a specific suite of properties and achieve a desired set of performance metrics. The envisioned transition involves the discovery of materials that enable generation, conversion, storage, transmission, and utilization of renewable energy. This book presents, through the eye of materials chemistry, an umbrella view of the myriad of classes of materials that make renewable energy technologies work. They are poised to facilitate the transition of non-renewable and unsustainable energy systems of the past into renewable and sustainable energy systems of the future. It is a story that often begins in chemistry laboratories with the discovery of new energy materials. Yet, to displace materials in existing energy technologies with new ones, depends not only on the ability to design and engineer a superior set of performance metrics for the material and the technology but also the requirement to meet a demanding collection of economic, regulatory, social, policy, environmental and sustainability criteria. Disruption in the traditional way of discovering materials is coming with the emergence of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotic automation designed to accelerate the well-established discovery process, massive libraries of materials can be evaluated and the possibilities are endless. This book provides a perspective on the application of these new technologies to this field as well as an overview of energy materials discovery in the broader techno-economic and social context. Any budding researcher or more experienced materials scientist will find a guide to a fascinating story of discovery and emerge with a vision of what is next.

The Clean Energy Transition

The Clean Energy Transition
Author: Daniel J. Fiorino
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 203
Release: 2022-09-12
ISBN 10: 1509544887
ISBN 13: 9781509544882
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Is the goal of a transition to clean energy at all realistic? If so, how could it be accomplished? Climate change poses a formidable challenge for twenty-first-century governments. Unless they can move to a clean energy system built on efficiency, renewables, electrification, and possibly complementary technologies like nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage, it will be all but impossible to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. In this book, Daniel Fiorino provides a comprehensive introduction to the politics and policies of a clean energy transition and how it may unfold nationally and globally. Across its nine chapters, he explores the current energy landscape and the different pathways and pitfalls on the road to decarbonization. All scenarios for decarbonizing, he argues, rely on aggressive efficiency, the rapid scale-up of renewables, and the electrification of most of what is left. Yet this transition has to be accelerated and done effectively. There is little time left for second chances if we are to decarbonize later this century. The Clean Energy Transition will be an indispensable resource for students of energy politics, environmental studies, and public policy, as well as anyone interested in the energy issues of the day.

Handbook of Energy Transitions

Handbook of Energy Transitions
Author: Muhammad Asif
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 655
Release: 2022-10-14
ISBN 10: 1000689468
ISBN 13: 9781000689464
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Energy Transitions Book Review:

The global energy scenario is undergoing an unprecedented transition. In the wake of enormous challenges—such as increased population, higher energy demands, increasing greenhouse gas emissions, depleting fossil fuel reserves, volatile energy prices, geopolitical concerns, and energy insecurity issues—the energy sector is experiencing a transition in terms of energy resources and their utilization. This modern transition is historically more dynamic and multidimensional compared to the past considering the vast technological advancements, socioeconomic implications and political responses, and ever-evolving global policies and regulations. Energy insecurity in terms of its critical dimensions—access, affordability, and reliability—remains a major problem hindering the socioeconomic progress in developing countries. The Handbook of Energy Transitions presents a holistic account of the 21st-century energy transition away from fossil fuels. It provides an overview of the unfolding transition in terms of overall dimensions, drivers, trends, barriers, policies, and geopolitics, and then discusses transition in terms of particular resources or technologies, such as renewable energy systems, solar energy, hydropower, hydrogen and fuel cells, electric vehicles, energy storage systems, batteries, digitalization, smart grids, blockchain, and machine learning. It also discusses the present energy transition in terms of broader policy and developmental perspectives. Further, it examines sustainable development, the economics of energy and green growth, and the role of various technologies and initiatives like renewables, nuclear power, and electrification in promoting energy security and energy transition worldwide. Key Features • Includes technical, economic, social, and policy perspectives of energy transitions • Features practical case studies and comparative assessments • Examines the latest renewable energy and low-carbon technologies • Explains the connection between energy transition and global climate change

Decarbonising Cities

Decarbonising Cities
Author: Vanessa Rauland,Peter Newman
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 266
Release: 2015-03-27
ISBN 10: 3319155067
ISBN 13: 9783319155067
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Decarbonising Cities Book Review:

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.

Low Carbon Transition

Low Carbon Transition
Author: Valter Silva,Matthew Hall,Ines Azevedo
Publsiher: BoD – Books on Demand
Total Pages: 158
Release: 2018-10-03
ISBN 10: 1789239699
ISBN 13: 9781789239690
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Low Carbon Transition Book Review:

Most leaders of developed nations recognize the importance of following policies and strategies to achieve a low-carbon economy based on new and innovative technologies that are able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create new employment and growth. In the broad spectrum of the feasible decarbonisation pathways, the challenge for political and economic decision-makers is to weigh uncertain impact from different technologies and to build a comprehensive evidence-based framework for research, business, investment and policy decision-making. This book aims to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art technology in the Low Carbon Technology and Economy field, discussing a set of new technology approaches and environmental and economic implications.

Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage

Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage
Author: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Working Group III.
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 431
Release: 2005-12-19
ISBN 10: 052186643X
ISBN 13: 9780521866439
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Book Review:

IPCC Report on sources, capture, transport, and storage of CO2, for researchers, policy-makers and engineers.

Life Cycle Assessment LCA

Life Cycle Assessment  LCA
Author: Allan Astrup Jensen,European Environment Agency
Publsiher: European Communities
Total Pages: 132
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015042034994
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Life Cycle Assessment

Infrastructure Development Theory Practice and Policy

Infrastructure Development     Theory  Practice and Policy
Author: Rachna Gangwar,Astha Agrawalla,Sandhya Sreekumar
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 182
Release: 2022-05-30
ISBN 10: 1000630838
ISBN 13: 9781000630831
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Infrastructure Development Theory Practice and Policy Book Review:

This compendium presents the papers presented in the conference 'Infrastructure Development Theory, Practice, and Policy' held on 29th and 30th April, 2021. It brings together the select papers from the conference and other contributions from experts and researchers. The compendium puts together the research under various themes, and we hope that the theoretical findings will impact the practice and policy in the future, as well as pave the way for future research in the direction of achieving more efficient, and more humane infrastructure.

Environmental Life Cycle Assessment Open Access

Environmental Life Cycle Assessment  Open Access
Author: Olivier Jolliet,Myriam Saade-Sbeih,Shanna Shaked,Alexandre Jolliet,Pierre Crettaz
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 302
Release: 2015-11-18
ISBN 10: 1439887705
ISBN 13: 9781439887707
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Environmental Life Cycle Assessment Open Access Book Review:

Environmental Life Cycle Assessment is a pivotal guide to identifying environmental problems and reducing related impacts for companies and organizations in need of life cycle assessment (LCA). LCA, a unique sustainability tool, provides a framework that addresses a growing demand for practical technological solutions. Detailing each phase of the LCA methodology, this textbook covers the historical development of LCA, presents the general principles and characteristics of LCA, and outlines the corresponding standards for good practice determined by the International Organization for Standardization. It also explains how to identify the critical aspects of an LCA, provides detailed examples of LCA analysis and applications, and includes illustrated problems and solutions with concrete examples from water management, electronics, packaging, automotive, and other industries. In addition, readers will learn how to: Use consistent criteria to realize and evaluate an LCA independently of individual interests Understand the LCA methodology and become familiar with existing databases and methods based on the latest results of international research Analyze and critique a completed LCA Apply LCA methodology to simple case studies Geared toward graduate and undergraduate students studying environmental science and industrial ecology, as well as practicing environmental engineers, and sustainability professionals who want to teach themselves LCA good practices, Environmental Life Cycle Assessment demonstrates how to conduct environmental assessments for products throughout their life cycles. It presents existing methods and recent developments in the growing field of LCA and systematically covers goal and system definition, life cycle inventory, life cycle impact assessment, and interpretation.

Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment

Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment
Author: Wblca Guide Special Project Working Group
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2018-08-31
ISBN 10: 9780784415054
ISBN 13: 0784415056
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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This report serves as a guide for the project team to define and model the structural system within the reference building design as required by green building standards and rating systems.

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 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 10: 1351110179
ISBN 13: 9781351110174
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Connectivity of Innovation in the Construction Industry Book Review:

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.

Zero Energy Buildings

Zero Energy Buildings
Author: Jesus Alberto Pulido Arcas,Carlos Rubio-Bellido,Alexis Pérez-Fargallo,Ivan Oropeza-Perez
Publsiher: BoD – Books on Demand
Total Pages: 146
Release: 2020-12-16
ISBN 10: 1789852455
ISBN 13: 9781789852455
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Zero Energy Buildings Book Review:

The building industry is one of the largest energy consumers and countries all over the world are striving to design buildings that satisfy the user’s expectations while containing their energy consumption. In this context, zero-energy buildings have emerged as a technological paradigm that can solve this global issue, but its implementation in different contexts has brought a profound debate about its technical, social, and environmental limitations. Thanks to contributions from a variety of scholars from different countries, this book explores different aspects of the zero-energy buildings and gives the reader a broad view of the feasibility of implementation in different contexts.

Dynamics of Long Life Assets

Dynamics of Long Life Assets
Author: Stefan N. Grösser,Arcadio Reyes-Lecuona,Göran Granholm
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 356
Release: 2017-05-10
ISBN 10: 3319454382
ISBN 13: 9783319454382
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dynamics of Long Life Assets Book Review:

This book is published under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license. The editors present essential methods and tools to support a holistic approach to the challenge of system upgrades and innovation in the context of high-value products and services. The approach presented here is based on three main pillars: an adaptation mechanism based on a broad understanding of system dependencies; efficient use of system knowledge through involvement of actors throughout the process; and technological solutions to enable efficient actor communication and information handling. The book provides readers with a better understanding of the factors that influence decisions, and put forward solutions to facilitate the rapid adaptation to changes in the business environment and customer needs through intelligent upgrade interventions. Further, it examines a number of sample cases from various contexts including car manufacturing, utilities, shipping and the furniture industry. The book offers a valuable resource for both academics and practitioners interested in the upgrading of capital-intensive products and services. “The work performed in the project “Use-It-Wisely (UiW)” significantly contributes towards a collaborative way of working. Moreover, it offers comprehensive system modelling to identify business opportunities and develop technical solutions within industrial value networks. The developed UiW-framework fills a void and offers a great opportunity. The naval construction sector of small passenger vessels, for instance, is one industry that can benefit.” Nikitas Nikitakos, Professor at University of the Aegean, Department of Shipping, Trade, and Transport, Greece. “Long-life assets are crucial for both the future competiveness and sustainability of society. Make wrong choices now and you are locked into a wrong system for a long time. Make the right choices now and society can prosper. This book gives important information about how manufacturers can make right choices.” Arnold Tukker, Scientific director, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, and senior scientist, TNO.

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster
Author: Bill Gates
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2021-02-16
ISBN 10: 0735280452
ISBN 13: 9780735280458
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster Book Review:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NATIONAL BESTSELLER In this urgent, singularly authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical--and accessible--plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid an irreversible climate catastrophe. Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help and guidance of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science and finance, he has focused on exactly what must be done in order to stop the planet's slide toward certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only gathers together all the information we need to fully grasp how important it is that we work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases but also details exactly what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal. He gives us a clear-eyed description of the challenges we face. He describes the areas in which technology is already helping to reduce emissions; where and how the current technology can be made to function more effectively; where breakthrough technologies are needed, and who is working on these essential innovations. Finally, he lays out a concrete plan for achieving the goal of zero emissions--suggesting not only policies that governments should adopt, but what we as individuals can do to keep our government, our employers and ourselves accountable in this crucial enterprise. As Bill Gates makes clear, achieving zero emissions will not be simple or easy to do, but by following the guidelines he sets out here, it is a goal firmly within our reach.

Financing Climate Futures Rethinking Infrastructure

Financing Climate Futures Rethinking Infrastructure
Author: OECD,The World Bank,United Nations Environment Programme
Publsiher: OECD Publishing
Total Pages: 136
Release: 2018-11-28
ISBN 10: 9264308113
ISBN 13: 9789264308114
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Financing Climate Futures Rethinking Infrastructure Book Review:

This report is a joint effort by the OECD, UN Environment and the World Bank Group, supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. It focuses on how governments can move beyond the current incremental approach to climate action.