Industry 1.61803: the transition to an industry with reduced material demand fit for a low carbon future
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Royal Society Publishing
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Allwood, J., Gutowski, T., Gonzalez Cabrera Honorio Serrenho, A., Skelton, A., & Worrell, E. (2017). Industry 1.61803: the transition to an industry with reduced material demand fit for a low carbon future. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 375 (20160361)https://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2016.0361
Arising from a discussion meeting in September 2016, this editorial introduces a special issue on the transition to a future industrial system with greatly reduced demand for material production and attempts to synthesize the main findings. The motivation for such a transition is to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions, but unlike previous industrial transformations, there are no major stakeholders who will pursue the change for their own immediate benefit. The special issue, therefore, explores the means by which such a transition could be brought about. The editorial presents an overview of the opportunities identified in the papers of the volume, presents examples of actions that can be taken today to begin the process of change and concludes with an agenda for research that might support a rapid acceleration in the rate of change.
climate change mitigation, material demand reduction, transition, policy
The work of J.M.A. and A.C.S. on this paper was funded by EPSRC grant reference EP/N02351X/1 and that of A.C.H.S. by EPSRC grant reference EP/K039326/1.
EPSRC (via University College London (UCL)) (EP/K039326/1)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2016.0361
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/264322