The fourth Factor X publication from the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA), Sustainable Development and Resource Productivity: The Nexus Approaches explores the interdependencies of sustainable development paths and associated resource requirements, describing and analysing the necessities for a more resource efficient world.

The use of and competition for increasingly scarce resources are growing worldwide with current production and consumption patterns of industrialised economies soon to reach the point where the ecosphere will be overtaxed far beyond its limits. Against this background, this volume examines the important initiatives to monitor resource use at the international, EU and national level. The current trends and challenges related to sustainable resource use are discussed, including international challenges for a resource efficient world, megatrends, justice and equitable access to resources. In the second part of the book, contributions examine implementation strategies. They assess the concept known as circular economy and discuss the theory of growth and the role of the financial and education systems. The final section places special emphasis on practical examples. Overall, the book presents concrete ways and examples of achieving more sustainability in practice.

Discussing solutions for a more sustainable use of natural resources, this book is essential reading for scholars and students of natural resources and sustainable development and decision-makers and experts from the fields of policy development, industry and civil society.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781003000365, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

part I|99 pages

Setting the scene

chapter 1|8 pages

RESCUE the Anthropocene

Urgent action for the great transformation
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chapter 2|18 pages

The world at the ultimate crossroads

Climate change, environmental impacts, population and natural resources sufficiency in the long perspective with integrated models
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chapter 4|13 pages

The rise of e-mobility as a trade-off between social and ecological benefits and distributional injustice

How the socio-technical regime and externalisation prevent a profound transformation of the mobility sector
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chapter 5|12 pages

The quest for the holy grail

Can smart cities lead us to sustainability?
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part II|102 pages

Core aspects of an integrated resource policy

chapter 10|8 pages

Wrong memes

Organic farming and battery electric vehicles
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chapter 11|13 pages

What’s going on abroad?

Monitoring international resource policies
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chapter 17|10 pages

The energy transition in Deventer

A Hanseatic approach
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part III|99 pages

Case studies of existing solutions

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chapter 19|12 pages

Sustainable resource output

Towards an approach to a multidimensional environmental assessment of biomass production
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chapter 20|14 pages

More resource efficiency in production and products

Digitalisation supports industry and trades
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chapter 21|10 pages

Eight tons of lifestyle

Monitoring a sustainable material footprint for households in Germany and the world
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chapter 22|13 pages

C like clever and cycle

Without a smart and systematic conception of the metal industry, product labelling and an indicator system, nothing will happen
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chapter 23|13 pages

The nexus of procurement and sustainability

Reflection of the limits and opportunities of product labels, using the example of the Forest Stewardship Council
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part IV|55 pages

Pioneering innovations

chapter 25|12 pages

Big, environmentally friendly events

Sparing resources, respecting nature, setting limits – an attempt by the German Protestant Festival (Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag) at organising a big event on a sustainable footing
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chapter 26|12 pages

The Kwawu resilient entrepreneurial ecosystems

A complex adaptive systems approach to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
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