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Sustainability 2009, 1(1), 55-80; doi:10.3390/su1010055

Energy Sustainability: A Pragmatic Approach and Illustrations

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 7K4, Canada
Received: 9 March 2009 / Accepted: 27 March 2009 / Published: 30 March 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Forum for Sustainable Development)
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Many factors to be appropriately addressed in moving towards energy sustainability are examined. These include harnessing sustainable energy sources, utilizing sustainable energy carriers, increasing efficiency, reducing environmental impact and improving socioeconomic acceptability. The latter factor includes community involvement and social acceptability, economic affordability and equity, lifestyles, land use and aesthetics. Numerous illustrations demonstrate measures consistent with the approach put forward, and options for energy sustainability and the broader objective of sustainability. Energy sustainability is of great importance to overall sustainability given the pervasiveness of energy use, its importance in economic development and living standards, and its impact on the environment.
Keywords: Energy; Sustainability; Renewable energy; Efficiency; Environment; Economics; Exergy; Life cycle analysis Energy; Sustainability; Renewable energy; Efficiency; Environment; Economics; Exergy; Life cycle analysis
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