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Renewable energy and sustainability - an evaluation

Fuller, Robert 2005, Renewable energy and sustainability - an evaluation, in Renewable energy for a sustainable future : a challenge for a post carbon world ; ANZSES conference papers ; 28 - 30 November 2005, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand., ANZSES, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-7.

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Title Renewable energy and sustainability - an evaluation
Author(s) Fuller, Robert
Conference name Solar 2005 - ANZSES Conference, Dunedin, Dec 2005
Conference location Dunedin
Conference dates 28-30 November 2005
Title of proceedings Renewable energy for a sustainable future : a challenge for a post carbon world ; ANZSES conference papers ; 28 - 30 November 2005, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Editor(s) Lloyd, Bob
Publication date 2005
Conference series Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society Conference
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher ANZSES
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) renewable energy
Summary Renewable energy advocates often invoke the goal of sustainability in order to promote their cause. Most people agree that the energy supply for a sustainable world should be based on safe, clean and renewable forms of energy. However, sustainability is a much over-used word to the point where it has become almost meaningless. This paper argues that we need to reaffirm the meaning of sustainability and use its defining principles to guide our advocacy and practice. If we ignore these principles, we run the danger of generating unrealistic expectations and mistrust, and becoming involved in practice that is questionable from a sustainability perspective. On the other hand, if we use the principles of sustainability to guide our practice and advocacy, our goals will be more achievable, our credibility will increase and our practice will become more ethical. This paper uses one model of sustainability to evaluate examples of renewable energy advocacy and practice.
Notes Deakin University gratefully acknowledges permission of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society to publish these papers
ISBN 0473109379
9780473109370
Language eng
Field of Research 090703 Environmental Technologies
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2005, ANZSES
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005902

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