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Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 873; doi:10.3390/su9060873

Energetic Sustainability and the Environment: A Transdisciplinary, Economic–Ecological Approach

Emanuel University, Griffiths School of Management, Oradea 410597, 87 Nufărului, Romania
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Received: 31 January 2017 / Revised: 2 May 2017 / Accepted: 15 May 2017 / Published: 23 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
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The paper combines original concepts about eco-energetic systems, in a transdisciplinary sustainable context. Firstly, it introduces the concept of M.E.N. (Mega-Eco-Nega-Watt), the eco-energetic paradigm based on three different but complementary ecological economic spaces: the Megawatt as needed energy, the Ecowatt as ecological energy, and the Negawatt as preserved energy. The paper also deals with the renewable energies and technologies in the context of electrical energy production. Secondly, in the context of the M.E.N. eco-energetic paradigm, comprehensive definitions are given about eco-energetic systems and for pollution. Thirdly, the paper introduces a new formula for the eco-energetic efficiency which correlates the energetic efficiency of the system and the necessary newly defined ecological coefficient. The proposed formula for eco-energetic efficiency enables an interesting form of relating to different situations in which the input energy, output energy, lost energy, and externalities involved in an energetic process, interact to produce energy in a specific energetic system, in connection with the circular resilient economy model. Finally, the paper presents an original energetic diagram to explain different channels to produce electricity in a resilience regime, with high eco-energetic efficiency from primary external energetic sources (gravitation and solar sources), fuels (classical and radioactive), internal energetic sources (geothermal, volcanoes) and other kind of sources. Regardless the kind of energetic sources used to obtain electricity, the entire process should be sustainable in what concerns the transdisciplinary integration of the different representative spheres as energy, socio-economy, and ecology (environment). View Full-Text
Keywords: M.E.N. (Mega-Eco-Nega) eco-energetic paradigm; eco-energetic efficiency; ecological coefficient; eco-energetic chains; energetic sustainability; circular resilient model; eco-energetic diagram M.E.N. (Mega-Eco-Nega) eco-energetic paradigm; eco-energetic efficiency; ecological coefficient; eco-energetic chains; energetic sustainability; circular resilient model; eco-energetic diagram
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Pop, I.G.; Văduva, S.; Talpoș, M.-F. Energetic Sustainability and the Environment: A Transdisciplinary, Economic–Ecological Approach. Sustainability 2017, 9, 873.

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