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

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Conclusions: the way ahead?
• Resolving conflicts by negotiation
• Bottom-up initiatives
• Criteria for sustainability
• Human responsibilities

The way ahead for any attempt to attain sustainability must involve action at all levels, locally and globally: ‘thinking globally and acting locally’. Drawing on the model of interests introduced at the start of the book, this chapter uses some of the material from the case studies and examples in the rest of the book in order to assess some of the opportunities that exist for negotiating trade-offs between conflicting human interest and local and global concerns. If sustainability is to be achieved this sort of negotiation process seems vital, the final issue being whether human beings are actually capable of negotiating ways to solve the environmental problems which they have created. If not, the future could be bleak.


Negotiating the future

It is not the aim of this book to provide a blueprint for what specifically should or could be done to try to solve the environmental problems that face the world. Various specific technological options have been reviewed and it may be felt that some might add up to a viable sustainable energy package. However, the main point to emerge is that there is a need to choose among them and to negotiate exactly how they are to be used, as part of a wider process of moving towards a sustainable future. With this process of negotiation in mind, some of the general themes and issues from earlier chapters can be usefully brought together so as to indicate some possible starting-points and possible ways in which conflicts of interest might be overcome.

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Table of contents

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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