Grantham Scholar Ling Min Tan is first author of a new paper. The paper is titled ‘An ecological-thermodynamic approach to urban metabolism: Measuring resource utilization with open system network effectiveness analysis’. The paper appears in Applied Energy, in a Special Issue on “Advanced approaches and applications of energy footprints to promote global sustainability”.
This work presents a novel urban sustainability assessment method. This method is open system network effectiveness analysis (OSNEA). OSNEA investigates resource utilization in cities.
OSNEA evaluates the ability of the system to extract maximum work done from resources available in cities and reduces the need for extracting new resources.
Importantly, this paper highlights the implications of cities organized as open systems when more and more resources are being imported into the system. Further, it encourages effective operations to maximize the use of limited resources.
The paper aims to help tackle the global resource problem. Specifically through the better use of existing resources available for sustainable development on a planet with finite carrying capacity.
The paper is Open Access and avaliable here