Sustainable Energy Production and Consumption

Benefits, Strategies and Environmental Costing

  • Frano Barbir
  • Sergio Ulgiati
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Robert U. Ayres
    Pages 1-23
  3. Luigi Sertorio
    Pages 43-53
  4. Natasa Markovska, Mirko Todorovski, Tome Bosevski, Jordan Pop-Jordanov
    Pages 67-73
  5. Damjan Krajnc, Rebeka Lukman, Peter Glavic
    Pages 213-226
  6. Ante Krstulovic, Frano Barbir
    Pages 251-263
  7. Hanns-Joachim Neef
    Pages 265-272
  8. Mu'taz Al-Alawi
    Pages 273-280

About these proceedings

Introduction

Energy and environmental security are major problems facing our global economy. Fossil fuels, particularly crude oil, are confined to a few regions of the world and the continuity of supply is governed by dynamic political, economic and ecological factors. These factors conspire to force volatile, often high fuel prices while, at the same time, environmental policy is - manding a reduction in greenhouse gases and toxic emissions. Yet incr- sed growth and demand for welfare by developed and developing countries are placing higher pressure on energy resources. In particular, a large fraction of “new consumers” in developing countries already reached a purchasing power high enough as to be able to access to commodity and energy markets worldwide, thus boosting energy consumption and competition for all kinds of resources. Such a trend, although in principle may represent a progress towards diffuse welfare and wealth as well as much needed equity, is at present contributing to a rush for the appropriation of available resources which are directly and indirectly linked to energy and may contribute to planetary instability if it is not adequately understood and managed. A coherent energy strategy is required, addressing both energy supply and demand, security of access, development problems, equity, market dy- mics, by also taking into account the whole energy lifecycle including fuel production, transmission and distribution, energy conversion, and the impact on energy equipment manufacturers and the end-users of energy systems.

Keywords

Environmental NATO Natural gas PEACE Science Security Sub-Series C Sustainable Energy Wind bioenergy biomass development energy technology photosynthesis production

Editors and affiliations

  • Frano Barbir
    • 1
  • Sergio Ulgiati
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SplitCroatia
  2. 2.University of Naples ParthenopeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8494-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-8493-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-8494-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1874-6519