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Renewable energy and sustainability - an evaluation

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conference contribution
posted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by Robert Fuller
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.

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Event

Solar 2005 - ANZSES Conference, Dunedin, Dec 2005

Pagination

1 - 7

Publisher

ANZSES

Location

Dunedin

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Start date

2005-11-28

End date

2005-11-30

ISBN-13

9780473109370

ISBN-10

0473109379

Language

eng

Notes

Deakin University gratefully acknowledges permission of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society to publish these papers

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2005, ANZSES

Editor/Contributor(s)

B Lloyd

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.

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