216 pages | 26 B/W Illus.
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.
This book is aimed for professionals, researchers, and students working on nature conservations and environmental management projects related to sustainability.
Introduction to Sustainability and Work Energy Analysis. Work Energy and Sustainability. Methodological Considerations. Analysis of the Energy Sector. Work Energy Analysis of the Public Sector. Work Energy and Private Households Sector. Work Energy Analysis of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Sector. Work Energies of the Industry, Trade, and Commerce Sector (ICTS). Work Energy Analysis of Nature. Solid Waste - Amounts and Potentials. Work Energy Balances - Discussion and Overview. Conclusions & Perspectives. References.