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Managing sustainability in urban environments : A strategic approach for the assessment of energy efficiency, carbon reduction, and circular economy initiatives within cities

Viesca, A.A. (2017) Managing sustainability in urban environments : A strategic approach for the assessment of energy efficiency, carbon reduction, and circular economy initiatives within cities.

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Abstract:As urbanization increases, natural resources and energy systems become more stressed in order to cope with the needs and demands for products and services stemming from cities all around the world. It is estimated that by 2050 the urban population will increase to 6.5 billion people, accounting for 66% of the world’s total population (Mcdonald et al, 2008; UN, 2015b). Business-as-usual practices for the development and maintenance of urban areas are often perceived as unsustainable. Hence, management methods and building techniques, capable to withstanding the expected urban growth, are required This research project sets to explore and analyse the current state of urban sustainability management. The aim is to provide a linkage between management strategies and urban sustainability programmes. Based on a thorough and extensive literature review, urban sustainability challenges, barriers, trends, and opportunities are analysed and categorised, in an attempt to understand and harness their complexity. The study is complimented with a strategic management tool that supports the assessment and decision-making processes, during the design, implementation, or evaluation of urban sustainability initiatives. A general framework, that compiles the key factors that support the integration of urban sustainability, was developed. This tool is presented as a guide to assess sustainability programmes through their different dimension, these include: (i) policy and citizenship support, (ii) resources and innovation, and (iii) communication and engagement.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77505
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