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(PW016) SAFT : Designing technologies for sustainable development.

Minns, David1, 1 National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

ABSTRACT- The earlier in the technology development process that issues of sustainable development can be addressed and factored into the design, the lower will be the cost of meeting such an objective at the point of commercialization. With this in mind, during the past year, Industry Canada has sponsored work to develop a qualitative tool for addressing issues of sustainability in technology roadmapping. The culmination of this effort is the development of the Sustainability Assessment Framework and Toolkit (SAFT). Recognizing its potential, the National Research Council of Canada is examining the applicability and extension of the SAFT approach to R&D management more generally. SAFT is a methodology that draws a link between technology performance in industry to impacts on quality-of-life at the societal level. It links ideas on ecoefficiency, sustainable production and consumption, quality-of-life and vulnerability in order, qualitatively, to give a sense of the potential overall impact of a given technology on sustainable development. The concept of SAFT is still at the early stages of development. Details of this methodology will be described in this paper along with progress in its development. Its application will be illustrated with a case study on bioethanol.

Key words: Sustainability Assessment, Sustainable Technology, Sustainability Impact, Sustainable Design


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