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Sustainable Technology Development

By: P Weaver

256 pages, Illus

Greenleaf Publishing

Hardback | Dec 1998 | #81120 | ISBN: 1874719098
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If societies are to maintain eco-capacity while providing equal access to natural resources, future technologies will need to be more eco-efficient - much more eco-efficient. Based on the evaluation of the results of a five-year inter-ministerial programme of the Dutch Sustainable Technology Development Group, this is an examination of which technologies might be able to meet this challenge, and how they may be able to do so.

The results of the STD programme are impressive. The programme has come up with a method which can be used to develop further the synthesis between ecology and economy ... There is much to be learned from the STD programme ... We trust that ... [it] will help pave the way to a sustainable future.' M. de Boer, Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment; G.J. Wijers, Minister of Economic Affairs; A. Jorritsma-Lebbink, Minister of Public Works and Water Management; J.M.M. Ritzen, Minister of Education, Culture and Science; J.J. van Aartsen, Minister of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries. '... as an exciting example of what can be done to create and carry out visions of sustainability. Sustainable Technology Development makes an important contribution.' Carl Etnier, EcoEng Newsletter. 'The relationship between technology and society is emerging as a major issue in the sustainability debate ... The unique methodology of the study provides an interesting and stimulating read both for theoreticians and those looking for practical solutions.' Warmer Bulletin.


Contents

Foreword: Leo Jansen and Geert van Grootveld Preface: Paul Weaver Part 1 1. Capacity-building for sustainable technology development and innovation 2. The scale of the sustainability challenge 3. Technology and technological change 4. The STD programme design and approach Part 2 5. The STD process exemplified: the case of nutrition 6. Constructive Technology Assessment: the case of novel protein foods 7. LCA as a steering tool: the case of the municipal water system 8. Gaining 'virtual hindsight' by backcasting: the case of service products 9. Redirecting R&D resources: the case of chemicals and industrial materials 10. Elaborating and evaluating opportunities: the case of organic materials 11. Strategic niche management: the case of the mobile hydrogen fuel cell Part 3 12. Concluding remarks

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Biography

Leo Jansen is Chairman of the Interministerial STD Programme and Professor of Environmental Technology at the University of Delft. Geert van Grootveld is the STD Programme Director. Egbert van Spiegel is Chairman of the Programme's Scientific Advisory Panel. Philip Vergragt is STD Programme Deputy Director and Professor of Technology Assessment at the University of Delft. Paul Weaver is a consultant and writer in the fields of technology, innovation and eco-restructuring and is Director of the Centre for Eco-Efficiency, Enterprise and Economy.

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