How can we deal with unknown risks?

We cannot always foresee the consequences of new technology. What kind of rational and intelligent decision-making do we need in such situations? I was reminded of this question during the KTH Sustainability Research Day last week, when we learnt about a number of case studies of what kind of penetration and impact research at KTH … Continue reading “How can we deal with unknown risks?”

How Swedish consumption impacts the international environment

Consumption in Sweden affects the environment both here and in numerous other countries around the world. However, it is now possible to estimate this environment impact and take steps towards more sustainable consumption and production. Achieving sustainable consumption and production patterns is one of the global sustainability goals. We also now have new methods to estimate the … Continue reading “How Swedish consumption impacts the international environment”

Something that is socio-economically profitable can be unsustainable

Sometimes, socio-economic profitability and sustainable development are at odds with each other. One interesting question then is what should take priority? To be able to compare costs and benefits that arise in the future with those arising today, some form of discounting is often used, interest, in other words. This enables you to calculate future … Continue reading “Something that is socio-economically profitable can be unsustainable”