Scenarios and Indicators for Sustainable Development–Towards A Critical Assessment of Achievements and Challenges

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March 2019
180 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03897-672-1 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03897-673-8 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Scenarios and Indicators for Sustainable Development–Towards A Critical Assessment of Achievements and Challenges that was published in

Business & Economics
Environmental & Earth Sciences
Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities

Globalization and telecoupling are enhancing the complexity of the coupled socio-ecological system constituted by the interaction between the global ecosphere and the anthroposphere. As a result, the demand for tools to identify transformative innovations, assess future risks, and support precautionary decisions for sustainability is growing by the day in business and politics. Scenarios are a means of simplification, reducing the real-world complexity to a limited number of essential factors to analyze their interactions and support policy formulation, with indicators as communication and monitoring tools.

In particular, in a time of “fake news” and “alternative truths” a critical reflection amongst producers and users of scenarios and indicators is overdue—the capability for critical self-reflection is what distinguishes science from pseudo-science, and is a condition of trust.

The authors of this book test established measurement and modeling approaches against new challenges, assess the weaknesses of prevailing innovation theories and the political-ideological embedment of archetypical scenarios, highlight deficits in taking the physical basics into account, and the need to understand global interaction and the stepwise process of energy transitions, point out technical as well as conceptual weaknesses in data collection, harmonization and indicator generation, always with a view to solving problems.

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sustainable development goals; Agenda 2030; global indicator framework; sustainability indicators; SDGs; sustainability indicators; gross domestic product; GDP; fake news; tweets; scenarios; world views; values; policies; models and modes of science; energy supply; international inequality; renewable energy; fossil energy system; tourist destination; sustainable tourism; indicators; European Tourism Indicator System (ETIS); Visit South Sardinia; modelling; science-policy interface; grid flexibility; bio-economics; energy transition; storage; curtailment; indicators; climate change; biodiversity; data needs; monitoring; policy advice; Germany; sustainable production and consumption; resource indicator; sustainable development goals; material footprint; household consumption; microdata; environmental innovation; sustainability transition; transformation; evolutionary economics; multi-level perspective; innovation systems; long-wave theory; agency; decision-making; institutions; sustainable development; indicators; stakeholders; goals; challenges; opportunities; societal impact; n/a