Energy Consumption: Impacts of Human Activity, Current and Future Challenges, Environmental and Socio-Economic Effects


Sigrid Reiter, PhD (Editor)
University of Liege, Architecture and Urban Planning, LEMA, Liege, Belgium

Series: Energy Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI024000

Energy is central to sustainable development. It has huge environmental, social, and economic impacts, such as its influence on climate change, poverty reduction efforts, industrial and agricultural productivity and environmental and human health. The development of strategies towards a sustainable energy transition is one of the most important world challenges of the twenty-first century. The choices that we will make in the coming years about energy will determine what world future generations will inherit. This book gives an overview of the key issues, strategies, operational guidelines and policy implications of current research on the transition to more sustainable energy consumption. It investigates the important issue of the relation between human activities, energy systems and energy use. It addresses the environmental, social and economic impacts of energy consumption and their interrelationships.

This book was written by academic and research experts in the field of energy, and they have developed strategies for an energy sustainable plan for the main energy-intensive sectors: energy production, transportation, buildings, agriculture and domestic appliances. The best opportunities and solutions for energy demand reduction are shown, including energy efficiency improvement, increases in the share of renewable energy sources, technological progress and behavioural changes in the field of energy. The aim of this work is to guide the reader toward more efficient policies and actions that will actually improve the future.

The book also addresses the different issues faced by developing and developed countries, as well as their relative respective solutions. It presents various alternative pathways that are open to our societies. The methods of energy consumption assessment and modeling approaches are also discussed. All those who are interested in energy challenges will find practical knowledge and operational solutions in this book, providing a solid foundation for making well-informed choices in the future, as individuals and as societies.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface pp,vii-viii

Chapter 1. Greenhouse Gas Emission Control Options: Assessing Transportation and Electricity Generation Technologies and Policies to Stabilize Climate Change
(Matthew S. Bomberg, Kara M. Kockelman and Melissa Thompson, Alameda County Transportation Commission, Oakland, California, USA, and others)pp,1-34

Chapter 2. Toward a Sustainable Energy Transition in the Built Environment
(Sigrid Reiter and Anne-Françoise Marique, University of Liege, Architecture and Urban Planning, LEMA, Belgium)pp,35-52

Chapter 3. Energy Performance of Buildings: A Study of the Differences between Assessment Methods
(Lorenzo Belussi, Ludovico Danza, Italo Meroni, Francesco Salamone, Fabrizio Ragazzi and Michele Mililli, ITC-CNR, Construction Technologies Institute of National Research Council, and others)pp,53-76

Chapter 4. Energy Use in Agriculture: Argentina Compared with Other Countries
(E.F. Viglizzo and F.C. Frank, Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, CR La Pampa-San Luis, Argentina and others)pp,77-98

Chapter 5. Energy Consumption Estimation during Oven Cooking of Food
(Sandro M. Goñi and Viviana O. Salvadori, Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo en Criotecnología de Alimentos (CIDCA, CONICET-La Plata), Departamento de Ingeniería Química, Facultad de Ingeniería, UNLP, La Plata, Argentina)pp,99-116

Chapter 6. Is the Next Generation Prepared? Understanding Barriers to Teenage Energy Conservation
(Nicola Toth, Beth Bell, Katerina Avramides, Kerry Rulton and Linda Little, Psychology and Communication Technology (PaCT) Lab, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Northumbria University, NB 153, Northumberland Building, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, and others)pp,117-140

Chapter 7. Impacts of Independent Research and Development, Foreign Technology and Domestic Technology Transfer Driven Activities on Energy Consumption
(Olanrewaju Oludolapo Akanni and Jimoh Adul-Ganiyu Adisa, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa)pp,141-152

Chapter 8. The Progress in Sustainable Energy in Colombia
(Clara Inés Pardo Martínez, Faculty of Administration, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia)pp,153-166

Chapter 9. Energy Consumption and Social Inequality: The Problem of Fuel Poverty
(Karl-Michael Brunner and Sylvia Mandl, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Institute for Sociology and Social Research, Austria and others)pp,167-184

Chapter 10. E4 Impacts of Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector: A Global and Local Perspective
(C. Oliveira, D. Coelho and P. Pereira da Silva, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal and others)pp,185-204

Index pp,205-215

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