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Socio-metabolic transitions in developing Asia

Authors
Journal
Technological Forecasting and Social Change
0040-1625
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
76
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2007.12.004
Keywords
  • Socio-Ecological Regime
  • Metabolic Profile
  • Industrial Transformation
  • Developing Asia
  • Sustainability Transition
Disciplines
  • Ecology

Abstract

Abstract A possible sustainability transition in developing Asia needs to complement the ongoing transition from an agrarian to an industrial socio-ecological regime. As is known from other world regions, an agrarian–industrial transition involves a major increase in material and energy flows (corresponding to a 2–4 fold increase in the demand for raw materials and energy). The socio-metabolic profile of the South-East Asian region still shows relatively low material and energy consumption per capita, suggesting that major growth may follow. Infrastructures that are closely bound-up in bulk material flows (transport, energy and food sectors) will be critical to future developments. The paper illustrates the challenge and potential solutions from a number of case studies.

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