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Unformatted text preview: Nyboer / EMRG / REM 1 Sustainability and Fossil Fuels John Nyboer Energy and Materials Research Group School of Resource and Environmental Management Simon Fraser University For Engineering Science 406 January 15, 2007 emrg emrg energy and materials research group emrg emrg energy and materials research group Nyboer / EMRG / REM 2 Outline emrg emrg energy and materials research group emrg emrg energy and materials research group What is Sustainability? The current situation, GHGs and Climate Change The Energy System Fossil Fuels and its role in a sustainable system Our role in a sustainable system Nyboer / EMRG / REM 3 What is Sustainability? emrg emrg energy and materials research group emrg emrg energy and materials research group Sustainability is notoriously difficult to define: Strong sustainability natural capital does not decrease (how to measure?) Weak sustainability human-produced plus natural capital does not decrease (how to measure?) Multiple attributes: Economic, Environmental, Social (sometimes known as E 3 , Social Equity) . Nyboer / EMRG / REM 4 Triple Bottom Line emrg emrg energy and materials research group emrg emrg energy and materials research group Nyboer / EMRG / REM 5 What is Sustainability? emrg emrg energy and materials research group emrg emrg energy and materials research group ..development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs World Commission on the Environment and Development Nyboer / EMRG / REM 6 What is Sustainability? emrg emrg energy and materials research group emrg emrg energy and materials research group What about: Use of non-renewable resources how does one deal with limited resources in the long term? Population growth what are the conditions associated with ecological footprint (Rees, 1994) and ecological overshoot (Catton, 1980)? Nyboer / EMRG / REM 7 Ecological Footprint, Overshoot emrg emrg energy and materials research group emrg emrg energy and materials research group Nyboer / EMRG / REM 8 What is Sustainability? emrg emrg energy and materials research group emrg emrg energy and materials research group What about: Use of non-renewable resources how does one deal with limited resources in the long term Population growth what are the conditions associated with ecological footprint (Rees, 1994) and ecological overshoot (Catton, 1980) Standard of Living- Growth as a measure of success, changing values, preferences, wants Nyboer / EMRG / REM 9 Sustainable systems: emrg emrg energy and materials research group emrg emrg energy and materials research group An environment that supports human life, that must have good prospects for enduring indefinitely in terms of the type and level of services it provides....
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