Handbook for a Sustainable Economy

Authors: Bermejo Gómez de Segura, Roberto

  • Offers a far-reaching, closely detailed and highly critical analysis of the conventional economy approach to the “environmental problem”
  • Explains and develops the concept of bio mimicry in pursuit of environmental sustainability and provides tools that are necessary to build it
  • Offers a broad and detailed view of today’s fossil fuel energy economy and of alternatives based on renewable energy, hydrogen and improving efficiency
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Since the 1992 World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity, the looming prospect of Earth’s changing climate has inspired a broad movement dedicated to a sustainable future. In this Handbook, the author explains the elements of a sustainable economy, the development of which must be undertaken if we are to retain our civilization.

The first section offers a critical analysis of orthodox economical thinking, and the tools used by the conventional economy to solve the “environmental problem.” The author examines the theory and tools of Environmental Economics addressing the commodification of nature, and offers analysis of the theoretical and practical contradictions which arise from attempts to combine environmental protection and free trade.

Part II discusses the principles and tools needed to build a sustainable economy, including the concept of biomimicry as a guiding principle of sustainability, a brief description of the adaptive cycle of ecosystems and explains the concept of transformability and the factors that determine it. Discussion includes a broad evaluation of the capacity for transformation of National Sustainable Development Strategies and an analysis of the essential requirements of ecology-based tax reform. Also included is a critical vision of the dominant paradigm of science and technology.

The third section explores sustainable production and consumption, discussing energy, transport, the circular economy of materials and sustainable consumption. Included are a detailed analysis of factors that determine the limits of fossil fuels, a description of the peak oil structural effect and its sectoral impacts, an overview of a sustainable electric system and a review of biofuels, electricity and hydrogen. The author concludes that only hydrogen associated to fuel offers a sustainable alternative to oil. Discussion includes a view of the structural causes of the current high-level consumption model through the lens of motivation, provision and access systems and a detailed description of policies that must be adopted as part of a sustainable consumption strategy.

The final chapter undertakes the task of analyzing the capability of our societies to transform themselves to reach sustainability. The author broadly evaluates each factor, as a prior step to carrying out an overall evaluation and demonstrates that in order to accomplish a comprehensive analysis, a multidisciplinary group is necessary.

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Paradigms

    Bermejo, Roberto

    Pages 3-17

  • The Commodification of Nature and Its Consequences

    Bermejo, Roberto

    Pages 19-33

  • Foundations and Instruments of Environmental Economics

    Bermejo, Roberto

    Pages 35-52

  • Free Market and Sustainability

    Bermejo, Roberto

    Pages 53-67

  • Sustainable Development in the Brundtland Report and Its Distortion

    Bermejo, Roberto

    Pages 69-82

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eBook $69.99
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Hardcover $99.00
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  • Due: November 10, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0790-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook for a Sustainable Economy
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-8981-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-8981-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-8980-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0790-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 400
Number of Illustrations and Tables
15 b/w illustrations, 63 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Original Spanish Edition published by Los Libros de la Catarata, Madrid, 2011
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