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Main Title Engineering Transition Building a Sustainable Future. [electronic resource] :
Author Krumdieck, Susan.
Publisher CRC Press LLC,
Year Published 2019
Call Number TA170
ISBN 9781000692211; 1000692213; 9780429343919; 0429343914; 9781000692440; 1000692442; 9781000692679; 1000692671
Subjects Sustainable engineering ; NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection ; POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development ; SCIENCE / Energy
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Contents Notes
Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Foreword; Introduction; Acknowledgements; About the Author; Chapter 1: The Mega-Problems of Unsustainability; 1.1 Introduction: The Mega-Problems; 1.1.1 The Mega-Problems: Greenhouse Gas Accumulation and Oil Supply; 1.2 The Problem with Sustainable Development: It Isn't Working; 1.2.1 A Short World History of Development; 1.2.2 Sustainable Development; 1.2.3 Engineering and Sustainable Development; 1.2.4 Challenging the Idea of Sustainable Growth; 1.2.5 Prevent What Is Preventable: The Safety Engineering Story 1.3 Unsustainable Pollution: Global Warming and Climate Change1.3.1 Understanding the 2°C Failure Limit; 1.4 Oil Supply and Peak Oil; 1.4.1 The OPEC Oil Embargo and the 1970s Energy Crisis; 1.4.2 Oil and the Economy; 1.5 Discussion; 1.5.1 The Monkey Trap; Chapter 2: Problems of Unsustainability; 2.1 Review of Sustainability Principles; 2.1.1 Management of Common Resources; 2.1.2 Environmental Regulations; 2.1.3 Sustainable Business Practices; Business Transition Strategies; 2.1.4 Policy and Politics of Sustainability; 2.1.5 Innovation Needed to Address Unsustainable Energy 2.2 Problems of Carrying Capacity and Resource Constraints2.2.1 The Problem of Exponential Growth; 2.2.2 The Population Problem; 2.2.3 Unsustainable Demand on Freshwater; 2.2.4 Food Supply Issues and the Biofuel Problems; 2.2.5 The Problem of Lifestyle Expectations; 2.3 Water and Land Requirements for Energy Production; 2.3.1 Water Use for Electricity Generation; 2.3.2 Water Use for Fuel Production; 2.3.3 Land Area for Electric Power Plants; 2.4 The Problems of Mineral Resource Depletion and Issues with Recycling; 2.4.1 Modelling of Depletion; 2.4.2 Mining 2.4.3 Critical Materials for Renewable Energy and Efficiency2.4.4 Recycling of Minerals; 2.4.5 Energy and Materials for Batteries; 2.5 Discussion; 2.5.1 The Bacteria in the Jar; Chapter 3: Complexity and Communication; 3.1 Energy System Data and Communication; 3.1.1 Energy Flow Diagrams; 3.1.2 Graphs of Energy Data; 3.2 Future Energy Scenarios and Pathways; 3.2.1 Models Based on Demand Growth; 3.2.2 The Problems of Inertia and Innovation; 3.2.3 The 100% Renewable Scenario; 3.3 Corporate Responsibility; 3.4 Positive Approach to Difficult Problems; 3.4.1 Change Management 3.4.2 Wicked Problems of Unsustainable Energy3.4.3 Responding to the Problems of Unsustainable Energy; 3.4.4 History of Transition Engineering; 3.5 Discussion; 3.5.1 The Fox and the Hedgehog; Chapter 4: Transition Engineering; 4.1 Defining the System and the InTIME Approach; 4.1.1 Defining Activity Systems; 4.1.2 Wicked Problems of Activity Systems; 4.1.3 InTIME Brainstorming Process; 4.2 Step 1: Study History; 4.2.1 Modelling System Dynamics; 4.3 Step 2: Take Stock; 4.3.1 Metrics of the Current System; 4.3.2 Evaluate the Biophysical Economics of the System; 4.4 Step 3: Explore the Future TransitionEngineering: 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.