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1st Edition

Sustainable Development Indicators
An Exergy-Based Approach

ISBN 9780367257354
Published May 18, 2020 by CRC Press
237 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Analyzing the self-sufficient Danish island of Samsø, this book explains sustainability through a bio-geophysical understanding of how to best use society’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 time frames for achieving sustainability goals. The exergy-based approach is an important tool for carrying out such an analysis because it

  • 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 integrate 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 conservation and environmental management projects related to sustainability.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Sustainability and Work Energy Analysis

2. Work Energy and Sustainability

3. Methodological Considerations

4. Analysis of the Energy Sector

5. Work Energy Analysis of the Public Sector

6. Work Energy and Private Sector

7. Work Energy Analysis of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Sector

8. Work Energies of the Industry, Trade and Commerce Sector

9. Work Energy Analysis of Nature

10. Solid Waste—Estimating Amounts and Potentials

11. Work Energy Budgets—Overview and Discussion

12. Conclusions and Perspectives

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Søren Nors Nielsen obtained the PhD in Structurally Dynamic Modelling in 1992, in the University of Copenhagen, and the "Agregação" in 2009, in the University of Coimbra. He is a world expert on the application of thermodynamic methods for the analysis and assessment of biological systems functioning, mainly in aquatic environments, and of ecological modeling in environmental management. He authored or co-authored a large number of papers in peer review journals, book chapters and books.