Resources for our Future

Key Issues and Best Practices in Resource Efficiency

Edited by Rob Weterings et al.

Resources for our Future

Edited by Rob Weterings et al.

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

190 pages | 14 halftones, 45 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Paper $37.50 ISBN: 9789089645296 Published December 2013 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Compiling years of research into the geopolitical, economic, and ecological dimensions of material scarcity and resource efficiency, Resources for our Future provides a concise analysis of international resource efficiency. Offering an inspiring account of industrial best practices, the editors have put together a broad range of case studies, which focus on the chemical, textile, and food industries.  


Management summary

1. Introduction

1.1. Drivers of resource use

1.2. Decoupling

1.3. Global dimensions

1.4. Key issues and best practices

2. Resource constraints

2.1. A classification of challenges

2.2. Energy resources: security of supply and climate impacts

2.3. Water and land: ecological footprint

2.4. Abiotic resources: metal ores and industrial minerals

2.5. Abiotic resources: construction minerals

2.6. Biotic resources: HANPP and biodiversity problems

2.7. Linkages and trade-offs

2.8. Conclusions

3. The geopolitics of resources

3.1. International trade flows of natural resources

3.2. Price developments

3.3. The emerging international system

3.4. Policy trends

3.5. The EU: challenges and policy responses

3.6. The Netherlands

3.7. Conclusions

4. Resource strategies

4.1. Mining primary resources

4.2. Process optimization

4.3. Materials recycling

4.4. Radical redesign of products

4.5. Substitution: easier said than done

4.6. Intensifying the use of products and services

4.7. Shifting expenditures to low-impact products and services

4.8. Improving quality of life without spending money

4.9. Conclusions

5. Resource efficiency in the built environment

5.1. Bricks outlive their building

5.2. Reducing carbon dioxide by reusing secondary materials

5.3. No need to barbeque secondary asphalt

5.4. Building a business model on borrowed materials

6. Resource efficiency in the food sector

6.1. Brewing a better future

6.2. Making a business case of sustainability

6.3. ‘Green Deal’ turns Holland into net exporter of phosphate

6.4. Insects as new raw material and protein source

7. Biotic resources in the process industry

7.1. Clutching at straws to make paper

7.2. Beet thick juice is naphtha to bio-based economy

7.3. YXY platform molecule-the green ‘Intel Inside’

7.4. Sowing the seeds of the third industrial revolution

7.5. Waste is culturally defined

8. Resource efficiency in the metal and consumer electronics industries

8.1. Improving raw material efficiency in the steel industry

8.2. Making recycled materials mainstream

8.3. Waste management and the circular economy

8.4. Sustainability as a driver of innovation

9. Resource efficiency in fashion and furnishings

9.1. Adding volume to the circular economy

9.2. Designed for reincarnation

9.3. Sustainability with substance

9.4. Dyeing textiles without water

10. The challenge ahead

10.1. Understanding the challenges

10.2. Business opportunities

10.3. Creating the necessary conditions



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“Includes numerous examples from around the world to illustrate and explain in fine detail 21 best practices for resource efficiency. . . . Recommended.”
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