Understanding the implications of a thermo-economic perspective on sustainability

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Abstract

No two sciences have been more directly informative of sustainability than thermodynamics (the science of energy and material resources) and economics (the science of how those resources are allocated for production, distribution, and consumption). Both disciplines share a preoccupation with understanding efficiency, which is critical to many interpretations of sustainability and so it is not surprising to discover that investigative approaches to sustainability in one discipline can be analogous to the other. However, there are significant differences as well, such as the difference between price and value, the importance of time, the necessity of reference states and analysis of ecological systems. Both perspectives have important implications for understanding sustainability, including strong vs. weak formulations, and aggregation of data flows with different qualitative characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS - Tempe, AZ, United States
Duration: May 18 2009May 20 2009

Publication series

Name2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS

Other

Other2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS
CountryUnited States
CityTempe, AZ
Period5/18/095/20/09

Keywords

  • Eco-efficiiency
  • Strong versus weak sustainability
  • Thermoeconomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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