Sustainable Energy Production and Consumption [electronic resource] : Benefits, Strategies and Environmental Costing / edited by Frano Barbir, Sergio Ulgiati.Material type: TextLanguage: English Series: NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security: Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 2008Description: XI, 372 p. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781402084942Other title: Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Sustainable Energy Production and Consumption and Environmental Costing, Naples, Italy, 4-7 July 2007Subject(s): Engineering | Renewable energy sources | Engineering economy | Climatic changes | Endogenous growth (Economics) | Environmental economics | Engineering | Energy Economics | Renewable and Green Energy | Environmental Economics | Economic Growth | Climate ChangeAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 333.79 LOC classification: HD9502-9502.5Online resources: Click here to access online
Energy and Economic Growth -- Win-Win Strategies for Tackling Oil and Natural Gas Constraints while Expanding Renewable Energy Use -- After the Fossil Era -- Biomass or Biomess? The promises and Limits of Bioenergy -- Cost and Environmental Effectiveness of the Climate Change Mitigation Measures -- Sustainable Environmental Management in Croatia – Waste and Climate Change -- Studying the “Addiction to Oil” of Developed Societies Using the Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal Metabolism (MSIASM) -- Systemic Economic Instruments for Energy, Climate, and Global Security -- Sustainability and Economic Feasibility of Combinations of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and Fossil Fuels For Production of Heat And Electricity -- Third Party Financing: New Financial Tools for Energy Efficiency – An International Perspective -- Vital Problems of Human Development, Indicators and Eco-Centric Solutions -- Lifestyles, Energy, and Sustainability: The Exploration of Constraints -- Approaches to Sustainable Energy Consumption Patterns -- Energy, Environment and Security in Eastern Europe -- Capacity Building for Sustainable Energy Access in the Sahel/Sahara Region: Wind Energy as Catalyst for Regional Development -- Bio-diesel and/or Hydrogen in Croatia – Challenge and Necessity -- Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research for Future Markets -- Hydrogen Production from Biomass -- PV Large Scale Rural Electrification Programs and the Development of Desert Regions -- Life Cycle Impacts and Total Costs of Present and Future Photovoltaic Systems: State-of-the Art and Future Outlook of a Strategic Technology Option for a Sustainable Energy System -- Integrated Systems and Zero Emission Production Patterns in Agriculture, Industry and the Energy Sector – Why “GREEN” is not Enough -- Biorefinery: Biomaterials and Bioenergy from Photosynthesis, within Zero Emission Framework -- Geographical Information System (GIS) and Emergy Synthesis Evaluation of Urban waste Management -- Elements of Global Roadmap for Climate Sustainability: Factors Affecting the Reduction of CO2 Emissions -- Carbon Management for Secure Communities.
Energy and environmental security are major problems facing our global economy. Fossil fuels, particularly crude oil, are confined to a few regions of the world and the continuity of supply is governed by dynamic political, economic and ecological factors. These factors conspire to force volatile, often high fuel prices while, at the same time, environmental policy is - manding a reduction in greenhouse gases and toxic emissions. Yet incr- sed growth and demand for welfare by developed and developing countries are placing higher pressure on energy resources. In particular, a large fraction of “new consumers” in developing countries already reached a purchasing power high enough as to be able to access to commodity and energy markets worldwide, thus boosting energy consumption and competition for all kinds of resources. Such a trend, although in principle may represent a progress towards diffuse welfare and wealth as well as much needed equity, is at present contributing to a rush for the appropriation of available resources which are directly and indirectly linked to energy and may contribute to planetary instability if it is not adequately understood and managed. A coherent energy strategy is required, addressing both energy supply and demand, security of access, development problems, equity, market dy- mics, by also taking into account the whole energy lifecycle including fuel production, transmission and distribution, energy conversion, and the impact on energy equipment manufacturers and the end-users of energy systems.