Sustainable Development Indicators: An Exergy-Based Approach

1st Edition

Søren Nors Nielsen

CRC Press
May 26, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages - 26 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367257354 - CAT# K424466
Series: Applied Ecology and Environmental Management

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Summary

Analyzing the self-sufficient Danish island of Samsø, this book explains sustainability through a biogeophysical understanding of how to best use Earth’s limited resources to achieve true sustainability. The method used derives from the thermodynamic function of exergy. By analyzing exergy flows and establishing a system for evaluating the energy and the materials used in a society, the author creates a platform for monitoring certain indicators of sustainability. These indicators inform readers about the actions that must be taken, and the timeframes for achieving sustainability goals. Exergy-based approach is an important tool for carrying out such analysis.

  • Focuses on several key thermodynamic concepts and the usefulness of exergy analysis for evaluating sustainability
  • Explains sustainability by implementing thermodynamic laws to societal consumption and the use of resources
  • Discusses new methods that integrates energy and material fluxes and evaluates them against each other
  • Provides direct indicators for finding the largest problems/obstacles and deciding where measures should be taken
  • Includes instructions on how to establish an accounting system for evaluating the energy and the materials used in a society

This book is aimed for professionals, researchers, and students working on nature conservations and environmental management projects related to sustainability.

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