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Title: Review of Potential Characterization Techniques in Approaching Energy and Sustainability

Abstract

Societal prosperity is linked to sustainable energy and a healthy environment. But, tough global challenges include increased demand for fossil fuels, while approaching peak oil production and uncertainty in the environmental impacts of energy generation. Recently, energy use was identified as a major component of economic productivity, along with capital and labor. Furthermore, other environmental resources and impacts may be nearing environmental thresholds as indicated by nine planetary environmental boundaries, many of which are linked to energy production and use. Foresight techniques could be applied to guide future actions which include emphasis on (1) energy efficiency to bridge the transition to a renewable energy economy, (2) continued research, development, and assessment of new technologies, (3) improved understanding of environment impacts including natural capital use and degradation, (4) exploration of GDP alternative measures that include both economic production and environmental impacts, and (5) international cooperation and awareness of longer-term opportunities and their associated potential scenarios. Examples from the U.S. and the international community illustrate challenges and potential.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Environmental Science Division
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1395039
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357; AC02-06CH171357
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Sustainability (Basel)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Sustainability (Basel); Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 2071-1050
Publisher:
MDPI
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; energy efficiency; integrated economic indices; research and development; environmental impacts; foresight techniques

Citation Formats

LePoire, David. Review of Potential Characterization Techniques in Approaching Energy and Sustainability. United States: N. p., 2014. Web. doi:10.3390/su6031489.
LePoire, David. Review of Potential Characterization Techniques in Approaching Energy and Sustainability. United States. doi:10.3390/su6031489.
LePoire, David. Thu . "Review of Potential Characterization Techniques in Approaching Energy and Sustainability". United States. doi:10.3390/su6031489. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1395039.
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title = {Review of Potential Characterization Techniques in Approaching Energy and Sustainability},
author = {LePoire, David},
abstractNote = {Societal prosperity is linked to sustainable energy and a healthy environment. But, tough global challenges include increased demand for fossil fuels, while approaching peak oil production and uncertainty in the environmental impacts of energy generation. Recently, energy use was identified as a major component of economic productivity, along with capital and labor. Furthermore, other environmental resources and impacts may be nearing environmental thresholds as indicated by nine planetary environmental boundaries, many of which are linked to energy production and use. Foresight techniques could be applied to guide future actions which include emphasis on (1) energy efficiency to bridge the transition to a renewable energy economy, (2) continued research, development, and assessment of new technologies, (3) improved understanding of environment impacts including natural capital use and degradation, (4) exploration of GDP alternative measures that include both economic production and environmental impacts, and (5) international cooperation and awareness of longer-term opportunities and their associated potential scenarios. Examples from the U.S. and the international community illustrate challenges and potential.},
doi = {10.3390/su6031489},
journal = {Sustainability (Basel)},
number = 3,
volume = 6,
place = {United States},
year = {2014},
month = {3}
}

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