- Employment and broader economic return on investment - how much value to the broader economy does investment in different technologies bring; in other words, what is its economic multiplier effect?
- Environmental return on investment - how efficiently does an investment lower carbon emissions and minimise other toxic pollutants and contribute to a healthy environment?
- Energy return on investment - how much energy is generated for the amount of money invested to produce that energy?
- Security return on investment - how much does the technology contribute to domestic energy security and what other security risks does it carry?
- Transition return on investment - how does it contribute, comparatively to the speed and scale of deployment of low carbon energy generating capacity?
- Conviviality return on investment - the degree to which a technology can be responsive to and supportive of a society’s or a community’s own vision and pathway for its development, and that of future generations.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Intergenerational design criteria
Proposed by sustainability economics author and commentator Andrew Simms, published today in The Guardian (here):