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Transition Engineering

Building a Sustainable Future, 1st Edition

By Susan Krumdieck

CRC Press

296 pages | 67 B/W Illus.

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Engineering Transition: Building a Sustainable Future examines new strategies emerging in response to the mega-issues of global climate change, decline in world oil supply, scarcity of key industrial minerals, and local environmental constraints. These issues pose challenges for organizations, businesses, and communities, and engineers will need to begin developing ideas and projects to implement the transition of engineered systems. This work presents a methodology for shifting away from unsustainable activities. Teaching the Transition Engineering approach and methodology is the focus of the text, and the concept is presented in a way that engineers can begin applying it in their work.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Mega Problems of Unsustainability

    1. Introduction: The Mega Problems
    2. The Problem with Sustainable Development: It isn’t working
    3. Unsustainable Pollution: Global Warming and Climate Change
    4. Oil Supply and Peak Oil
    5. Discussion

Chapter 2. Problems of Unsustainability

      1. Review of Sustainability Principles
      2. Problems of Carrying Capacity and Resource Constraints
      3. Water and Land Requirements for Energy Production
      4. The Problems of Mineral Resource Depletion and Issues with Recycling
      5. Discussion

Chapter 3. Complexity and Communication

      1. Energy System Data and Communication
      2. Future Energy Scenarios and Pathways
      3. Corporate Ratings and Indicators
      4. Positive Approach to Difficult Problems
      5. Discussion

Chapter 4. Transition Engineering

      1. Defining the System and the InTIME Approach
      2. Step 1: History and Past Trends
      3. Step 2: Present Context and Current Situation
      4. Step 3: Future Scenarios and Forward Operating Environment
      5. Step 4: 100 Year Path-Break Concept Generation
      6. Step 5: Backcasting and Triggers
      7. Step 6: Shift Project Discovery
      8. Step 7: Transition Management
      9. Discussion

Chapter 5. InTIME Models and Methods

      1. The InTIME Workflow Structure
      2. Feedback Control Theory and Anthropogenic System Dynamics
      3. Development Vector Analysis
      4. Strategic Analysis of Complex Systems
      5. The Matrix Game
      6. Discussion

Chapter 6. Energy Economics

      1. Cost of Energy Production
      2. Environmental Costs
      3. Conventional Financial Analysis
      4. Discussion

Chapter 7. Transition Economics: Balancing Costs and Benefits

      1. Biophysical Economics
      2. Transition Economics and Financial Analysis
      3. Discussion

Chapter 8. Conclusions and Discussion

      1. The Big Do
      2. The Final Story: Cassandra

About the Author

Susan P. Krumdieckis professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand where she has taught energy transition engineering for 17 years. She is the co-founder and a Trustee of the Global Association for Transition Engineering (GATE). Professor Krumdieck serves on the editorial board for six journals, including Energies, Energy Conservation & Management and Biophysical Economics, and she has edited special issues of Energy Policy, Energies, and Sustainability.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
SCIENCE / Energy