Energy, Society, and Environment: Technology for a Sustainable Future

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Acknowledgements

An early version of parts of Chapter 3 appeared in a paper I co-authored with Alexi Clarke in the International Journal of Global Energy Issues (9 (4/5), 1996). Chapter 11 is based on parts of a paper I produced for the House of Commons Welsh Affairs Select Committee (Second Report, Session 1993-4, vol. III, pp. 432-42, HMSO, London, 1994), a revised version of which was subsequently published as ‘Public reactions to windfarms: the dynamics of opinion formation’, in Energy and Environment (5 (4):343-62, 1994). Chapters 7, 9, 10 and 14 draw on material I developed for Blocks 5 and 7 of the OU course on Innovation: Design, Environment and Strategy (T302), 1996.

Versions of some of the material in this book have also appeared in Renew, the journal I edit for NATTA.

Thanks are due to Dave Toke, who commented on an early draft of this book, and to Tam Dougan for her critical reviews. She and our son Oliver not only coped with my preoccupation while writing this book but also provided much of the motivation.

Sally Boyle from the OU Design Discipline, aided by Richard Hearne, then provided the necessary skills to convert the graphics into understandable form. Sarah Lloyd and the team at Routledge converted the text into what you have now.

However, responsibility for the final product rests with the author. In writing this book, designed to be accessible to non-technical people, I have inevitably had to try to simplify some complex technological issues. I trust practitioners will bear with me on this, although I would

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Series Editors' Preface ix
  • Figures xii
  • Tables xiii
  • Boxes xiv
  • Author's Preface xv
  • Study Notes xix
  • Acknowledgements xxiv
  • Abbreviations xxvi
  • Part 1 - Environmental Problems 1
  • 1 - Technology and Society 3
  • 2 - Energy and Environment 17
  • 3 - Sustainable Technology 35
  • Part 2 - Sustainable Technology 47
  • 4 - Greening Technology 49
  • 5 - The Nuclear Alternative 65
  • 6 - Renewable Energy 85
  • 7 - Renewables Worldwide 103
  • 8 - Sustainable Energy Strategy 116
  • Part 3 - Problems of Implementation 129
  • 9 - Getting Started: Institutional Obstacles 131
  • 10 - Keeping Going: Deployment Problems 141
  • 11 - Case Study: Public Reactions to Uk Wind Farms 154
  • 12 - Public Acceptance: the Need for Negotiation 167
  • Part 4 - Sustainable Society 177
  • 13 - Sustainable Development 179
  • 14 - The Global Perspective 194
  • 15 - The Sustainable Future 205
  • Further Reading 218
  • 16 - Conclusions: the Way Ahead? 219
  • Glossary 232
  • Appendix I 234
  • Appendix II 236
  • Appendix III 238
  • References 239
  • Index 247
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