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

  • 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 managementA 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.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Peer-Reviewed Article
Author:Meghan O'Brien, Franziska Hartwig, Karin Schanes, Moritz Kammerlander, Ines Omann, Claas Henning WiltsORCiDGND, Raimund Bleischwitz, Jill Jäger
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-57143
Year of Publication:2014
Language:English
Source Title (English):European journal of futures research
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s40309-014-0048-3
Volume:2
Issue:1
Dewey Decimal Classification:600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften
OpenAIRE:OpenAIRE
Licence:License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung