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Sustainable Energy Mix in Fragile Environments: A Transdisciplinary Framework for Action

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Part of the Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands book series (SESGI)

Abstract

The concept of “energy mix” is a function of context, scale, and energy source availability. To date, renewable energy sources (such as wind, solar, micro hydro, and biofuels) have been viewed as technical solutions primarily for local and regional needs although renewable energy production has the potential to be expanded at much larger scales and in much larger markets. Regardless of the type of energy source, there are always a variety of contextual factors affecting source selection, production, distribution, demand and price. A long-term sustainable approach to designing energy mix in fragile environments needs a strategic approach to identifying factors affecting energy choice limitations and opportunities. Therefore, understanding energy mix alternatives in the context of dynamic interactions among social, economic, and environmental systems is key to implementing sustainable energy mixes in fragile environments. A transdisciplinary approach for integrating knowledge from multiple disciplines for the creation of new knowledge through social learning and partnerships are identified using the Galapagos islands as example.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Environmental DesignUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Haskayne School of Business, University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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