Foundations in university education

Michael I. Jeffery*

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INTRODUCTION Energy is not so much a single product as a mix of products and services, a mix upon which the welfare of individuals, the sustainable development of nations, and the life-supporting capabilities of the global ecosystem depend. In the past, this mix has been allowed to flow together haphazardly, the proportions dictated by short-term pressures on and short-term goals of governments, institutions and companies. Energy is too important for its development to continue in such a random manner. A safe, environmentally sound, and economically viable energy pathway that will sustain human progress into the distant future is clearly imperative. It is also possible. But it will require new dimensions of political will and institutional co-operation to achieve it. (Brundtland Report) In first articulating the principle of sustainable development - that form of economic transformation that ensures development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs - the 1987 Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Report), provided a powerful argument for a comprehensive, integrated, and participatory approach to the interlocking crises of environment and development, an approach that calls for profound policy, institutional, legal, and personal change. The concept of sustainable development was strongly endorsed by the United Nations and its member states at the 1992 Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), resulting in Agenda 21, a comprehensive and detailed blueprint for implementation at both global and local levels, and has since been adopted, both internationally and domestically, in various environmental contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Law of Energy for Sustainable Development
PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780511511387
ISBN (Print)0521845254, 9780521845250
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005


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