Sustainable Energy Production and Consumption: Benefits, Strategies and Environmental Costing / Edition 1

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The book, like the meeting itself, deals with very crucial aspects of the energy/environmental/social problem such as energy and economic growth, integrated analysis of societal and ecosystem metabolism, status, development and use of renewable energy sources at regional level, and zero emission production patterns in agriculture, industry and the energy sectors. The authors treat in depth all the aspects linked to evaluation methods, multidisciplinary integration of approaches, economic problems of energy use, competition of bioenergy with food production and environmental protection, peak oil and strategies to deal with, trade and societal metabolism. The close interrelationship of these topics emerges very clearly. So much so that the presentations definitely help to place the individual projects and research activities within a larger societal and environmental frame for increased sustainability. Special focus is placed on the fact that increase of renewables, diversification of sources, and decentralization of energy production and use are capable of increasing energy security and environmental integrity.

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Table of Contents

1 Energy and economic growth Robert U. Ayres Ayres, Robert U. 1

2 Win-win strategies for tackling oil and natural gas constraints while expanding renewable energy use Michael Jefferson Jefferson, Michael 25

3 After the fossil era Luigi Sertorio Sertorio, Luigi 43

4 Biomass or biomess? : the promises and limits of bioenergy Joachim H. Spangenberg Spangenberg, Joachim H. 55

5 Cost and environmental effectiveness of the climate change mitigation measures Natasa Markovska Markovska, Natasa Mirko Todorovski Todorovski, Mirko Tome Bosevski Bosevski, Tome Jordan Pop-Jordanov Pop-Jordanov, Jordan 67

6 Sustainable environmental management in Croatia - waste and climate change Daniel R. Schneider Schneider, Daniel R. 75

7 Studying the "addiction to oil" of developed societies using the multi-scale integrated analysis of societal metabolism (MSIASM) Mario Giampietro Giampietro, Mario 87

8 Systemic economic instruments for energy, climate, and global security James Greyson Greyson, James 139

9 Sustainability and economic feasibility of combinations of renewable energy sources (RES) and fossil fuels for production of heat and electricity Kirik Popovski Popovski, Kirik Sanja Popovska Vasilevska Vasilevska, Sanja Popovska 159

10 Third party financing : new financial tools for energy efficiency - an international perspective Claudio Ferrari Ferrari, Claudio 171

11 Vital problems of human development, indicators and eco-centric solutions Alexander Gorobets Gorobets, Alexander 185

12 Lifestyles, energy, and sustainability : the exploration of constraints Igor Matutinovic Matutinovic, Igor 199

13 Approaches to sustainable energy consumption patterns Damjan Krajnc Krajnc,Damjan Rebeka Lukman Lukman, Rebeka Peter Glavic Glavic, Peter 213

14 Energy, environment and security in Eastern Europe Oleg Udovyk Udovyk, Oleg 227

15 Capacity building for sustainable energy access in the Sahel/Sahara region : wind energy as catalyst for regional development Khalid Benhamou Benhamou, Khalid 241

16 Bio-diesel and/or hydrogen in Croatia - challenge and necessity Ante Krstulovic Krstulovic, Ante Frano Barbir Barbir, Frano 251

17 Hydrogen and fuel cell research for future markets Hanns-Joachim Neef Neef, Hanns-Joachim 265

18 Hydrogen production from biomass Mu'taz Al-Alawi Al-Alawi, Mu'taz 273

19 PV large scale rural electrification programs and the development of desert regions Sifeddine Labed Labed, Sifeddine 281

20 Life cycle impacts and total costs of present and future photovoltaic systems : state-of-the-art and future outlook of a strategic technology option for a sustainable energy system Marco Raugei Raugei, Marco Paolo Frankl Frankl, Paolo 293

21 Integrated systems and zero emission production patterns in agriculture, industry and the energy sector - why "green" is not enough Sergio Ulgiati Ulgiati, Sergio Amalia Zucaro Zucaro, Amalia Stefano Dumontet Dumontet, Stefano 305

22 Biorefinery : biomaterials and bioenergy from photosynthesis, within zero emission framework Janis Gravitis Gravitis, Janis 327

23 Geographical information system (GIS) and energy synthesis evaluation of urban waste management Pier Paolo Franzese Franzese, Pier Paolo Giovanni Fulvio Russo Russo, Giovanni Fulvio Sergio Ulgiati Ulgiati, Sergio 339

24 Elements of global roadmap for climate sustainability : factors affecting the reduction of CO[subscript 2] emissions Mia Pihlajamaki Pihlajamaki, Mia Jyrki Luukkanen Luukkanen, Jyrki Jarmo Vehmas Vehmas, Jarmo 353

25 Carbon management for secure communities Nigel Mortimer Mortimer, Nigel 361

Author index 369

Subject index 371

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