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The Resource Nexus and Resource Efficiency: What a Nexus Perspective Adds to the Story

Bleischwitz, R; Miedzinski, M; (2017) The Resource Nexus and Resource Efficiency: What a Nexus Perspective Adds to the Story. In: Lehmann, H, (ed.) Factor X: Challenges, Implementation Strategies and Examples for a Sustainable Use of Natural Resources. (pp. 199-212). Springer: Cham, Switzerland. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the resource nexus, a concept that has recently become quite popular. It is often framed as a water-energy-food nexus and discussed at international organisations, within infrastructure planning units and among actors on the ground concerned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The chapter seeks to clarify a common understanding of what the concept entails and proposes an augmented five-node nexus, which includes materials and land. We define the nexus as a set of context-specific interlinkages between critical natural resources used as inputs into socio-economic systems of provision. Furthermore, we discuss how the nexus fits into the narratives of resource efficiency and eco-innovation. The chapter argues in favour of the complementary strengths of both and gives an outlook on governance options.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The Resource Nexus and Resource Efficiency: What a Nexus Perspective Adds to the Story
ISBN-13: 9783319500799
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-50079-9_12
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-50079-9_12
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Sustainability, Eco-innovation, Resource nexus, SDGs Transitions
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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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/1568385
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