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Sustainability 2011, 3(10), 1855-1865; doi:10.3390/su3101855

Sustainability Science: Sustainable Energy for Mobility and Its Use in Policy Making

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1 CIRPS (The Interuniversity Research Centre on Sustainability Science), Sapienza University of Rome, Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli 10, Rome 00184, Italy 2 DME (Department of Mechanics and Energy), Guglielmo Marconi University, Via Virgilio 8, Rome 00193, Italy
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Received: 30 July 2011 / Revised: 9 September 2011 / Accepted: 13 September 2011 / Published: 12 October 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Sustainable Management)
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Since the 1980s sustainability has clearly become the challenge of the 21st century. In a process toward a sustainable society it is crucial that different stakeholders start collaboration and exchange ideas with technicians and academics. To finalize the policy decisions on important issues such as energy sustainability, collaboration between policy makers, academia and the private sector is important. This work intends to give Italian policy makers concrete advice and solutions to develop energy systems for mobility. The analysis proceeds from the context of Sustainability Science, a new science, which has emerged as one of the most important disciplines of international scientific research. Using a new approach, trans-disciplinary and integrated, this research is oriented to study and understand the complexity of the interactions between economy, society and nature. This broad approach permits proposing concrete solutions to complex problems locally and globally. We propose a scheme of definition of Sustainability Energy, defining five pillars of reference, and we redefine the energy systems for mobility in the context of Sustainability Science. In this paper, we start from the idea that we are living in a crucial passage, we are moving from the era of petroleum to the era of energy vectors. Energy systems, including mobility, should be redefined within this new approach.
Keywords: sustainability science; sustainability energy; energy systems; renewable resources sustainability science; sustainability energy; energy systems; renewable resources
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Orecchini, F.; Santiangeli, A.; Valitutti, V. Sustainability Science: Sustainable Energy for Mobility and Its Use in Policy Making. Sustainability 2011, 3, 1855-1865.

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