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Author Geraldine Georgia Godoy(¥j¿A­Y)
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Department International Master Program for Environment Sustainable Development
Year 2008
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document Master's Thesis
Language English
Title ANALYSIS OF THE INTERRELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ENERGY AND THE ECONOMY,SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT:A MODEL FOR SUSTAINABLE
ENERGY DEVELOPMENT IN BELIZE
Date of Defense 2009-05-27
Page Count 115
Keyword
  • Energy Indicators
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Abstract The concept of Sustainable Development (SD) resonates throughout developing countries in order to link its key elements: the environment, society and the economy for the development of man¡¦s well-being and stability. The goal for SD is to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs; a guarantee that is promised by energy services, production, availability and distribution. Sustainable Energy Development (SED), as the answer, is locked conceptually in the inclusion of all renewable
    sources and technology that can produce economic and safe energy resources for all without impacting the environment. Renewable energy sources are encouraged because they are replenishable within a human lifetime and causes no long-term damage to the environment;adequate technologies, on the other hand, are essential for energy security, improving energy efficiency, reducing dependence on fossil fuel resources, and providing opportunities for
    mitigating the emission of greenhouse gases. This thesis aims at analyzing the interrelationship between energy and the three dimensions of SD: social, economic and the environment. It explores the concept of SED in Belize, presenting the best assessment for the Nation through the
    utilization of Energy Indicators (EI) as a tool to measure SED. The end result should establish an idea of Belize¡¦s ecological carrying capacity, energy-related environmental impacts, economic efficiency and socio-political equity.
    Table of Content TABLE OF CONTENT
    ºK­n........................................ i
    ABSTRACT ................................... ii
    ACKNOWLEGEMENTS ............................ iii
    TABLE OF CONTENT............................ iv
    LIST OF TABLES.............................. vii
    LIST OF FIGURES .............................ix
    ACRONYM......................................xi
    CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION......................1
    1.1 Rearch Problem.......................... 1
    1.2 Purpose of tudy......................... 4
    1.3 Methodology ............................ 6
    1.4 Thesis Limitations ..................... 7
    1.5 Thesis Organization..................... 7
    CHAPTER 2: CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK .................................. 9
    2.1 Sustainability.......................... 9
    2.2 Sustainable Development................. 11
    2.2.1 Economics Perspective................. 12
    2.2.2 Environmental Perspective ............ 13
    2.2.3 Social Perspective ................... 14
    2.3 Sustainable Energy Development.......... 15
    2.4 Framework Summary ...................... 17
    CHAPTER 3: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT: BELIZE¡¦S CONTEXT..................................... 19
    v
    3.1 Belize as a Nation: An Overview......... 19
    3.1.1 Social Structure...................... 20
    3.1.2 Economic Structure.................... 23
    3.1.3 Environmental Structure............... 27
    3.2 Diagnosis of the Energy Sector: Belize ..................................... 29
    3.2.1 Petroleum Industry.................... 30
    3.2.2 Biomass Industry...................... 32
    3.2.3 Electricity Sector.................... 33
    3.3 Energy Policy/Recommendation............ 35
    3.4 Summary: Need for SED for Belize ..................................... 37
    CHAPTER 4: ENERGY INDICATORS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT................................. 39
    4.1 Introduction ........................... 39
    4.1.1 What are Energy Indicators? .......... 40
    4.1.2 Need for Energy Indicators............ 41
    4.2 Energy Indicators....................... 42
    4.3 Energy Indicators: Applications and Success .................................... 45
    4.4 Energy Indicators Development for Belize...................................... 50
    CHAPTER 5: SED ANALYSIS: ENERGY INTERRELATIONSHIP IN BELIZE...................................... 56
    5.1 Analysis of the Social Dimension ....... 56
    5.2 Analysis of the Economic Dimension ......61
    5.3 Analysis of the Environmental Dimension .................................. 69
    CHAPTER 6: CONCLUSIONS...................... 77
    6.1 Realities and Issues.................... 77
    6.2 Towards a Sustainable Energy Future .... 79
    vi
    6.3 Suggestions for Future Research......... 82
    REFERENCES ................................. 83
    APPENDIX A: Location of Belize ............. 89
    APPENDIX B: Statistics of Belize ........... 90
    APPENDIX C: Belize¡¦s Broad (Multiplicity) Ecosystem Map ........................................ 93
    APPENDIX D: Transportation Cost in Belize .. 94
    APPENDIX E: BEL¡¦s Electricity Power System Transmission Lines....................................... 95
    APPENDIX F: SOCIO-ECONOMIC RELATED DATA IN BELIZE...................................... 96
    APPENDIX G: ECONOMIC INDICATOR DATA: BELIZE ..................................... 98
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