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

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Sustainable technology
Energy resources
End use efficiency
Natural energy flows
Environmental impacts
Energy limits

All energy technologies have some environmental impacts. To help in the process of selecting which technologies might be most important for a sustainable future, this chapter develops a set of environmental criteria and strategic guidelines. They concern specific local impacts as well as overall energy resource limits. The seven criteria that emerge form the basis of much of the subsequent analysis in this book.


Criteria for sustainability

As we have seen, a range of environmental and resource problems have emerged so far from the use of energy technology. Our review of these issues should have indicated some basic criteria for technologies which avoid or minimise the problems.

Let us assume that our ‘technical’ goal is to devise a set of energy technologies which can meet human needs on an indefinite basis without producing irreversible environmental effects.

From this simple definition of the technical requirement, it is clear that the technologies should not use fuels which will run out. This is the first criterion, which is concerned not with environmental impact but with fuel reserves and resource availability. To see what this criterion means in practice, we need to have some idea of what fuel reserves and energy resources are available.

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