Technology and the notion of sustainability
2010 (English)In: Technology in society, ISSN 0160-791X, E-ISSN 1879-3274, Vol. 32, no 4, 274-279 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Some of the difficulties connected with the concept of sustainable development can be resolved if we distinguish between sustainability of different types of assets, in particular between those that pertain to technological uses and those that do not. A weak concept of sustainability is appropriate for the former and a strong concept for the latter. Furthermore, time discounting is appropriate (in the relatively short run) for the former but not for the latter. It is concluded that instead of choosing between weak and strong sustainability, the two notions should be included in the same analysis, since they are needed to account for different kinds of assets.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 32, no 4, 274-279 p.
Aesthetic values, Contingent valuation, Discounting, Natural resources, Sustainability, Technology, Time preferences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-86249DOI: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2010.10.003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-78649833463OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-86249DiVA: diva2:500547
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