This ebook; Life Cycle Assessment of Energy Systems: Closing the Ethical Loophole of Social Sustainability (PDF) discusses sustainability and energy; the two of the most important and often most misunderstood subjects in our world today. As these 2 subjects have grown in importance over the last few decades; interest in the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) model has grown as well; as a potentially crucial tool in understanding and striving towards sustainability in energy systems. Not just solar and wind systems; but all energy systems; need to be understood through this model.
Solar and Wind power have the potential to decentralize the U.S. energy system by offering local communities electricity and economic support; depending on the design and scale of projects. Nevertheless; every energy technology potentially faces environmental costs; lay and expert opposition; and risks to public health. Engineers play a central role as builders; designers; and operators in energy systems. As they extend their expertise into mechanical; electrical; and chemical fields; from fossil fuel-based systems to renewable energy systems; “sustainability” is steadily becoming one of the key criteria engineers apply in their work. This groundbreaking new study argues that engineering cultures foster sustainability by adopting assumptions and problem-solving practices as part of their identities when designing and building engineering projects.
This work examines the politics of creating; using; and modifying Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in the construction of renewable energy systems. The only volume of its kind ever written; it is a must-have for any scientist; engineer; manager; or any other professional working in or interested in Life Cycle Assessment and its relation to energy systems and impact on environmental and economic sustainability.