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The Sustainability of Living in a "Green" Urban District: An Emergy Perspective
Swedish Univ Agr Sci SLU, Dept Urban & Rural Dev, Div Landscape Architecture, S-75007 Uppsala, Sweden..
Swedish Univ Agr Sci SLU, Dept Urban & Rural Dev, Div Landscape Architecture, S-75007 Uppsala, Sweden..
Swedish Univ Agr Sci SLU, Dept Urban & Rural Dev, Div Environm Commun, S-75007 Uppsala, Sweden..
Uppsala universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Geovetenskapliga sektionen, Institutionen för geovetenskaper, Naturresurser och hållbar utveckling.
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2020 (engelsk)Inngår i: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 12, nr 14, artikkel-id 5661Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
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While urban areas hold great potential for contributing to sustainable development, there is a critical need to better understand and verify what measures improve urban sustainability. To achieve this, this project implements emergy synthesis to evaluate the environmental support to a building-called Smaragden-located in a certified "green" urban district in Uppsala, Sweden. Inputs to the building's construction and maintenance phases are accounted for, as are flows supporting the residents' everyday practices (i.e., urban life), on a yearly per capita basis. In this way, the relative importance of lifestyle issues versus the built environment is quantified and compared. Key focus areas are identified where efficiency and sustainability gains are most likely. The emergy synthesis detailed the top contributors to urban resource consumption and revealed that both the lifestyle and built environment in Smaragden are highly unsustainable, ranking poorly in terms of the emergy indices calculated, and, when considered from a global emergy perspective, overshooting resource consumption by more than 70 times. The paper therefore concludes that interdependencies of urban districts on systems at larger scales of society and environment need to be explicitly addressed and actively incorporated in urban policy and planning, and that design interventions are hence grounded in a systems perspective on urban sustainability.

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MDPI AG , 2020. Vol. 12, nr 14, artikkel-id 5661
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emergy, green, planning, sustainable, Sweden, urban
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-420522DOI: 10.3390/su12145661ISI: 000554270900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-420522DiVA, id: diva2:1471468
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2015-1574Tilgjengelig fra: 2020-09-29 Laget: 2020-09-29 Sist oppdatert: 2022-02-10bibliografisk kontrollert

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