Innovations in Sustainable Consumption: New Economics, by Halina Szejnwald Brown, Maurie J. Cohen, Philip J. Vergragt

By Halina Szejnwald Brown, Maurie J. Cohen, Philip J. Vergragt

'Few those that take into consideration the kingdom of the realm are content material with the established order. The more and more complicated mixture of fiscal, social, environmental and political difficulties in any respect scales calls for new methods of considering. It additionally calls for new methods of integrating at the same time supportive rules and techniques, that is what this helpful new booklet bargains round the subject matter of sustainable intake. The editors and individuals provide a breadth and intensity of study from 3 domain names: the hot economics, socio-technical transitions and social perform, with a spotlight on intake that meets the wishes of individuals in the limits of the biosphere.'
- Peter A. Victor, York collage, Canada
'This is a truly well timed and encouraging ebook. The editors have rigorously compiled unique contributions from top researchers in sustainable intake, reflecting the real paintings of the SCORAI community and past. this can be a "must" learn if you happen to need to know the place study in sustainable intake is absolutely heading.'
- Lucia A. Reisch, Copenhagen company college, Denmark
This well timed quantity acknowledges that conventional coverage techniques to minimize human affects at the atmosphere via technological switch - for instance, emphasizing source potency and the improvement of renewable power assets - are inadequate to satisfy the main urgent sustainability demanding situations of the twenty-first century. as a substitute, the editors and members argue that we needs to essentially reconfigure our life and social associations if we're to make the transition towards a very sustainable future.
These specialist contributions pinpoint particular parts within which innovation may be required. those comprise fiscal rules, socio-technical structures of construction and intake, and dominant social practices. Drawing on those and different assorted parts of scholarship, this interesting ebook highlights new conceptual frameworks for attaining the dual sustainability targets of reduced source use and more advantageous person and societal well-being.
Students, professors and policymakers in ecological economics, innovation experiences, environmental coverage and lots of different comparable fields will locate a lot of curiosity during this pathbreaking volume.
Contributors: M.M. Bell, H.S. Brown, M.J. Cohen, B. Halkier, J.M. Harris, D.J. Hess, S. Hielscher, R. Kemp, E. Kennedy, H. Krahn, N.T. Krogman, S.M. McCauley, I. Røpke, G. Seyfang, A. Smith, G. Spaargaren, J.C. Stephens, J. Stutz, E. Ubert, H. van Lente, P.J. Vergragt

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In the United States, the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) has played a visible role in disseminating knowledge on the general concept and convening events and training programs. Also notable to varying degrees have been the activities of a number of other organizations including New York Passive House, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, the National Association of Homebuilders and the US Department of Energy. 4. Refer to David Owen (2011) for a comprehensive overview of rebound effects induced by efficiency improvements.

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