Establishing a Resource-Circulating Society in Asia

Challenges and Opportunities

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This publication addresses the issues associated with sustainable resource-circulating societies. It focuses on Asia, where both population growth and economic growth are increasingly prominent in the global context. It covers topics related to technological or socioeconomic issues or a combination of both. It provides policymakers, business leaders and experts in the field with comprehensive knowledge concerning future visions, initiatives and practical applications in the promotion of a sustainable resource-circulating society in Asia.



The Asian approach to a resource-circulating society - Research framework, prospects and networking

One of the main challenges in sustainability science is to develop visions of a sustainable society. For example, the Japanese government defines the concept of a sustainable society as a combination of a low-carbon society, a resource-circulating society and a naturally symbiotic society. However, a holistic vision integrating these three societal visions has not yet been presented or fully clarified. Developing visions is thus essential to setting targets for a sustainable society as well as for assembling the various technological, political and grassroots measures required to achieve those targets. For this purpose, numerous scenarios have been proposed (IPCC, 2007; Japan LCS Scenario Team, 2008; International Energy Agency, 2004). However, scenarios focusing on a resource-circulating society (RCS) have rarely been put forward. Describing sustainability scenarios is an effective approach in discussions of a sustainable society and for creating a consensus regarding this society. Moreover, by analysing existing sustainability scenarios, we can identify their essential problem structures and develop potential solutions for achieving sustainability.


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