JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 1998, Vol. 13 ›› Issue (2): 117-125.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.1998.02.004

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A STUDY ON EMERGY EVALUATION AND SUSTAINABLEDEVELOPMENT OF TIBETAN ECO ECONOMIC SYSTEM

YAN Maochao1, HTOdum2   

  1. 1. Commission for Integrated Survey of Natural Resources,CAS,Beijing 100101;
    2. Center for Environmental Policy, Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida, 32611 FL USA
  • Received:1997-09-23 Revised:1997-12-15 Online:1998-06-25 Published:1998-06-25

Abstract: Emergy is an alternative measure of value, based on real contributions to system performance, it is a new concept which quantifies “energy memory” in pro ducts and process. It is a new accounting unit of total contributions, direct and indirect, used in generation of a product or service. An emergy analysis of Tibetan system of economy and nature was performed in order to study its sustainability and emergy use. Indices of thermodynamic and economic vitality of Tibet were evaluated and a comparison with indices of other developed and developing countries or areas was performed.

Key words: emergy evaluation, sustainable development, eco economics, policies and suggestions