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Transfer of knowledge from science to industry in the energy
sector: the case of CNR Institute ITAE

Centorrino, Giovanna (2012) Transfer of knowledge from science to industry in the energy
sector: the case of CNR Institute ITAE.
Annali della Facoltà di Economia Università degli Studi di Messina, 2. pp. 197-213. ISSN 2239-7183


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The issue of environmental sustainability cuts across a wide range of scientific and popular studies. Thus, it can be approached from many points of view, each suitable to shape an idea that in some ways, is already part of the cultural heritage of our century. The need to reconcile economic growth and fair distribution of resources in a new development model began to emerge in the '70s (J. Kovel 2007)1 due to the effects of the oil crisis. The increase in oil prices led to rising energy costs and a consequent inflation that shook the world economy; at the same time, however, it also triggered an awareness connected to the belief that the concept of traditional development, linked as it was only to economic growth, would cause the collapse of natural systems in the near future. Rooted beliefs in economic and social progress began to lose strength and a new vision started to spread relying on the use of renewable energies as a solution to the scarcity of fossil fuels and, in particular, of oil. The belief involved broad categories of thought and formed the foundations of a new vision regarding the limits of our planet and of a new way of dealing with these limits. A new consciousness was beginning to develop; it drew the attention of citizens to social and ethical issues especially in relation to environmental degradation, pollution, distribution of wealth, the depletion of energy resources, human rights, justice and social equality. In other words, the concept according to which economic growth itself is not enough was being formed: development is real only if it improves the quality of life in a sustainable way.

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Item Type: Article
Subjects: M.U.S. - Contributi Scientifici > 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche
Biblioteca Digitale Riviste > Annali di Economia
Depositing User: MRS Cettina Cosenza
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2020 12:29
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 12:54

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