Exploring the effects of energy transition on the industrial value chains and alternative resources: A case study from the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)

2022 ◽  
Vol 177 ◽  
pp. 105992
Ali Abdelshafy ◽  
Grit Walther
2018 ◽  
Vol 26 (2) ◽  
pp. 195-210 ◽  
Sonja K Pieck

For four decades, Germany was ground zero of the Cold War, cut in two by an 870-mile-long wall and sophisticated military infrastructure that separated the capitalist west and the communist east. This border region, shaped by demographic and economic decline, became an ecological refuge for over a thousand of Germany’s endangered plant and animal species. In 1989, when the wall fell, West and East German conservationists launched an effort to convert the borderlands into a protected ecological corridor called the ‘Green Belt’. This essay takes a closer look at the on-the-ground implications of such a project by examining what, and whose, stories it tells. As a case study, it looks at the German federal state of Thuringia’s recent decision to create the country’s first ‘National Nature Monument’, a new protected area category, out of the section of the Green Belt that runs through that state. The article argues that there are three deftly interwoven narratives: the story of German Democratic Republic oppression, of ecological resurgence, and of the rural idyll. All are powerfully evocative of some of the historical meanings of this border space and together they manage to craft an intriguing, hopeful, and pragmatic story of nature–culture hybridity. In the process, however this storyline silences others, including that of local farmers, some of whom reject what they see as an overreach of conservation. Rethinking the audience and in turn developing narratives about protected areas that more accurately represent local histories could be one component of creating ownership and increasing the acceptance of these spaces among local communities. Conservation and restoration, both in Germany and beyond, may well require plurivocal narratives.

José Ángel Gimeno ◽  
Eva Llera Sastresa ◽  
Sabina Scarpellini

Currently, self-consumption and distributed energy facilities are considered as viable and sustainable solutions in the energy transition scenario within the European Union. In a low carbon society, the exploitation of renewables for self-consumption is closely tied to the energy market at the territorial level, in search of a compromise between competitiveness and the sustainable exploitation of resources. Investments in these facilities are highly sensitive to the existence of favourable conditions at the territorial level, and the energy policies adopted in the European Union have contributed positively to the distributed renewables development and the reduction of their costs in the last decade. However, the number of the installed facilities is uneven in the European Countries and those factors that are more determinant for the investments in self-consumption are still under investigation. In this scenario, this paper presents the main results obtained through the analysis of the determinants in self-consumption investments from a case study in Spain, where the penetration of this type of facilities is being less relevant than in other countries. As a novelty of this study, the main influential drivers and barriers in self-consumption are classified and analysed from the installers' perspective. On the basis of the information obtained from the installers involved in the installation of these facilities, incentives and barriers are analysed within the existing legal framework and the potential specific lines of the promotion for the effective deployment of self-consumption in an energy transition scenario.

Food Chain ◽  
2019 ◽  
Vol 8 (1) ◽  
pp. 18-38 ◽  
Marcel Houngbédji ◽  
Sègla Wilfrid Padonou ◽  
Ana Maria d’Auchamp ◽  
Noël Akissoé ◽  
Moses Dachariga Mengu ◽  

2020 ◽  
Vol 22 (9) ◽  
pp. 4-7
Nikiforova E.B. ◽  
Davitavyan N.A. ◽  
Shevchenko A.I.

The development of the pharmaceutical industry is one of the priority tasks of our state, aimed at providing the population of the Russian Federation with modern safe and effective medicines. The solution to this problem is impossible without the formation of a highly qualified personnel potential that meets the demand and expectations of the pharmaceutical market and society as a whole. In this regard, in the system of training of pharmacists in recent years, quite dynamic and flexible transformations have been taking place, dictated by the urgent needs of domestic health care. It should be noted that in the process of implementing this educational standard, the competency-based approach to organizing the process of training modern pharmacists comes to the fore. One of the effective tools for the formation of professional competencies in various educational fields is the case study method. Case study is a training method based on the analysis of real situations from various areas of professional activity and contributing to the development of specialist competency. The competency-based orientation of the case study method is in line with modern ideas about the organization of the educational process for the training of pharmacists. The case study method is actively used in the process of teaching disciplines of the curriculum of the Federal State Budget Educational Establishment of Higher Education KubGMU of the Ministry of Health of Russia, specialty 33.05.01 Pharmacy. Examples of case study tasks as educational technology are presented in the work programs of the curriculum disciplines of the specialty 33.05.01 Pharmacy developed at the Department of Pharmacy. Depending on the content of the taught discipline, these tasks simulate a particular situation from the professional activities of pharmacists, offered to students for a comprehensive analysis and evaluation. The use of this educational technology contributes to the integration of knowledge, skills acquired in the learning process and their competency-based profiling in accordance with the current level of development of domestic health care.

Smart Energy ◽  
2021 ◽  
pp. 100026
Younes Noorollahi ◽  
Henrik Lund ◽  
Steffen Nielsen ◽  
Jakob Zinck Thellufsen

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