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Living within the safe operating space: a vision for a resource efficient Europe

O'Brian, M; Hartwick, F; Schanes, K; Kammerlaender, M; Omann, I; Wilts, H; Bleischwitz, R; (2014) Living within the safe operating space: a vision for a resource efficient Europe. European Journal for Futures Research , 48 (2) 10.1007/s40309-014-0048-3. Green open access

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Abstract

A desirable future critically depends on our ability to ensure the supply of key resources while simultaneously respecting planetary boundaries. This paper looks at the potential implications of living within the “safe operating space” for people, business and the economy. It develops a positive vision of the future based on three pillars: a safe and fair use of global resources, a sustainable society, and a transformed economy.We review and build on recent sustainability visions to develop a holistic reflection on what life in 2050 could look like, and explore the key changes in the economy needed to get there. In particular we show that resource efficiency requires a systemic shift in values, innovation, governance and management regimes. We present a bold vision for Europe underlined by indicators and targets, explore transition challenges to getting there and conclude with a list of key policies needed for overcoming challenges and reaching the vision.

Type: Article
Title: Living within the safe operating space: a vision for a resource efficient Europe
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s40309-014-0048-3
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40309-014-0048-3
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1460567
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