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 Part I|99 pages

Setting the scene

chapter 1|8 pages

RESCUE the Anthropocene

Urgent action for the great transformation
ByHarry Lehmann
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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
ByHarald Ulrik Sverdrup, Ullrich Lorenz, Anna Hulda Olafsdottir
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chapter 3|13 pages

Reporting resource use in Germany

ByStephan Lutter, Stefan Giljum, Christopher Manstein, Gerda Palmetshofer
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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
ByFabian Zimmer, Dörte Themann
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chapter 5|12 pages

The quest for the holy grail

Can smart cities lead us to sustainability?
ByIra Shefer
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chapter 6|13 pages

Sustainable development as the ultimate target of adopting a nexus approach to resources management

BySerena Caucci, Lulu Zhang, Karla Locher-Krause, Stephan Hülsmann
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chapter 7|10 pages

The water–energy nexus of Brazil’s hydropower

ByTheodoros Semertzidis, Raimund Bleischwitz
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chapter 8|10 pages

Education, sustainable development and resource management

ByKatrin Kohl, Charles A. Hopkins
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part Part II|102 pages

Core aspects of an integrated resource policy

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chapter 10|8 pages

Wrong memes

Organic farming and battery electric vehicles
ByKai Neumann
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chapter 11|13 pages

What’s going on abroad?

Monitoring international resource policies
ByMonika Dittrich, Andreas Auberger, Christopher Manstein, Detlef Schreiber, Elisabeth Dürr
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chapter 12|12 pages

Pathways to a resource-efficient and greenhouse-gas-neutral Germany 1

ByJens Günther, Philip Nuss, Katja Purr, Monika Dittrich, Harry Lehmann
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chapter 13|11 pages

Resource use in a post-fossil green Germany

ByMonika Dittrich, Karl Schoer, Jens Günther, Philip Nuss, Harry Lehmann
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chapter 15|10 pages

A strategy to increase the resource efficiency of renewable energy technologies

ByHans-Martin Henning, Shivenes Shammugam, Estelle Gervais, Thomas Schlegl
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chapter 16|11 pages

Governing critical infrastructure in digital futures

ByLouis Klein
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chapter 17|10 pages

The energy transition in Deventer

A Hanseatic approach
ByIr. Almar Otten, Ron Sint Nicolaas
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part Part III|99 pages

Case studies of existing solutions

chapter 18|21 pages

Natural resources as common goods

ByAlexa K. Lutzenberger, Franziska Lichter, Sarah Holzgreve
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chapter 19|12 pages

Sustainable resource output

Towards an approach to a multidimensional environmental assessment of biomass production
ByH. Böttcher, K. Hennenberg, K. Wiegmann, M. Scheffler, A. Hansen
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chapter 20|14 pages

More resource efficiency in production and products

Digitalisation supports industry and trades
ByPeter Jahns
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chapter 21|10 pages

Eight tons of lifestyle

Monitoring a sustainable material footprint for households in Germany and the world
ByJens Teubler, Sebastian Schuster, Christa Liedtke
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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
ByKathrin Greiff, Florian Fiesinger, Christa Liedtke, Martin Faulstich
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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
ByUwe Sayer, Nina Griesshammer
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chapter 24|14 pages

The role of biomass use in a defossilised and resource-efficient world

ByHorst Fehrenbach, Nils Rettenmaier
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part 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
ByOliver Foltin, Christof Hertel, Jobst Kraus
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chapter 26|12 pages

The Kwawu resilient entrepreneurial ecosystems

A complex adaptive systems approach to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
ByEben Anuwa-Amarh, Christoph Hinske, Nana Kwabena Bamfo-Debrah, David Sefa, Sheriff Amarh, Stephen Nassam
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chapter 27|8 pages

Exploring the possibility of a meat tax

ByFloris de Graad
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chapter 28|10 pages

Facilitating sustainable dietary choices for positive nutritional and environmental outcomes

ByMaysoun A. Mustafa, Ayman Salama, Sayed Azam-Ali
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