sustainable development Articles

  • Sustainable Biorefineries: An Important Research Topic

    In recent years, substantial steps into the transition towards a biobased economy have been taken in order to reduce the reliance on imported oil and the emission of greenhouse gases.  As far as Europe is concerned, Sweden, home to theEUBCE 2017 in Stockholm, has been very successful in decoupling GHG emissions from economic growth: from 2000 to 2012, ...

  • Corporate sustainability: A guide to measuring and improving energy efficiencies

    As environmental scrutiny of global industries continues to grow, governments are seeking to impose energy efficiency targets on companies in order to comply with new directives. One solution is to encourage energy suppliers to become energy service companies, who work with customers to identify potential savings and share the benefits this delivers. For the global food processing industry, this ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH.

  • Models of sustainability and sustainable development

    This paper proposes a general model of sustainability, which offers a comprehensive theoretical framework integrating ecological, economic and social aspects of sustainability. The model exhibits the underlying ethical principles, broad goals and measurable objectives. It contains as special cases the more limited models of the "Natural Step" and the "Australian Ecologically ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Optimizing Wind and Solar Power in Africa

    Editor's Note: The following is a news release authored by Julie Chao and issued by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on April 5, 2017 To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • E-business and Sustainable Development

    E-business and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are growing at an exponential rate and playing a more and more important role in our life today. The whole world is racing to promote business, politics, entertainment, etc. online. But how sustainable is this growth? In this paper, the economic, social and environmental impacts of e-business and ICT are discussed. Environmental ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Pricing sustainable development

    One of the difficulties in sustainable management is pricing non-market elements of a management strategy so that they can be weighted and prioritised correctly. Contingent valuation appears to be one approach to solving this problem. The Contingent Valuation Method is based on consumers' direct revelation in contingent scenario situations. This permits revealing people's willingness to pay for a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Development and sustainability in contemporary Brazil

    In the current global crisis, the Brazilian 'pre-salt oil-fields' agenda, under the control of the state, could be considered a solution which supports the development pattern. Our purpose is to highlight the investment trends in the natural resources sector and the challenges to sustainability in contemporary Brazil. The article suggests that the relation between investment patterns and the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The need for environmentally-sustainable developments

    A succinct, rigorous definition of the term sustainable development needs to be agreed and the concept implemented worldwide. Society needs to improve the way it behaves towards its environment, if environmental sustainability is going to be achieved. What is clear is that the journey towards this goal is incredibly complex, will impact on all aspects of human life and will not be an ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Revealing the value of sustainable development

    Arguing the premise that there is really only one bottom line, the author examines new valuation techniques to measure the business consequences of socially responsible business behavior and strategy. DEVELOPING A BUSINESS CASE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Sustainable Development (SD) is an emerging strategic issue in both U.S. and global markets. The United Nations defined the principle of SD as ...


    By AHC Group

  • Water - a key to sustainable development

    The catchment area of the Lower Mekong River includes parts of the riparian countries Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. It encompasses an area of 666,000 km2 and a population of 60 million people, who use the Mekong River itself and its water resources in a multitude of ways. The Mekong River Commission (MRC) was formed on 5 April 1995 by an agreement between the governments of Cambodia, ...

  • Sustainable development: paradigm or paranoia?

    Sustainable development is the globally embraced paradigm for integrating environment and development policies. Agreement ends with attempts at quantifying the elusive notion of sustainability. A contentious debate among "environmentalists" and "environmental economists" has brought about a confusing proliferation of indicators and policy advice on sustainable development. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Developing a global sustainability strategy

    Challenge: Antea Group's Global Corporate Consultancy assisted a nutritionals business of a global health care and medical research company to establish its global sustainability strategy. We worked with our client to outline a sustainability strategy and associated benefits to be presented to senior management for approval. Solution: An analysis was ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Leapfrogging into the future: developing for sustainability

    It has become almost a platitude that radical and sustainable improvement of need-fulfillment has to be reached in one generation to prevent the possibility that Nature will break down under the combined pressure of population growth and growth in wealth per capita This requires 'radical' or 'system' innovations. In this respect, there is an important difference between consumer economies such as ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The idea of sustainable development

    Abstract In this lecture, I demonstrate how very different macroeconomic history begins to look if Nature is included as a capital asset in production activities. The tentative conclusions I draw from the evidence are: (1) high population growth in the world’s poorest regions (South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa) has been an obstacle to the achievement of sustainable economic development there; ...


    By Springer

  • LCA Developments for Promoting Sustainability

     1. INTRODUCTION Promoting sustainability means changing the future. Recent developments in the methodology of LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) have been connected to the understanding of LCA as a tool for decision making – as a prospective assessment of the consequences of a choice between several substitutable product alternatives. This implies that LCA must address the decision-making context ...


    By 2.-0 LCA consultants

  • Entrepreneurship, management, and sustainable development

    Successful management in the new millennium requires developing new methods and approaches to suit the challenges and opportunities of this new era of globalisation. An entrepreneurial approach is seen by many scholars and policy makers as a major option to enhance organisational performance in this era. The concept of entrepreneurship is multi-dimensional and often unclear. Various perspectives ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Partnership for biodiversity and sustainable development

    Partnership with the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), a global program that since 2000 has provided grants to Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and private sector organizations to help protect the world's biodiversity hotspots, enhanced synergies between the Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development (BCSD) project's aims and CEPF projects in the area through ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Sustainable development of the Prefecture of Kephalonia

    An optimisation methodology is applied on the islands of Kephalonia and Ithaca (Prefecture of Kephalonia) in Greece, where various Renewable Energy Sources (RES) can be found and could be exploited to satisfy part of their energy needs. These resources are examined and a case study is performed for Kephalonia that involves an application of specific mathematical tools that will lead to a set of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Energy efficiency and sustainable development

    The role of increased energy efficiency in achieving sustainable development is investigated. Specifically, the relations are examined between energy (and energy efficiency) and sustainable development. Also, the linkages are discussed between energy efficiency and environmental impact, and the theoretical and practical limitations on increased energy efficiency are described, particularly as ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Post-(sustainable) development?

    This paper critically reviews the application of a post-development analysis to sustainable development by employing a defined target for post-development analysis – the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC). Data from the 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI) for 146 countries are used to generate statistically significant EKC models, and the approach is deconstructed by employing ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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