Mouhamadou Ba on Dematerialization

Mobile telephone 1995

Mobile telephone 1995

Dematerialization is basically reducing the material base in a given product. For example, in a car, using less material to built it. It would be like out of a 2.7 tons car, built another one that would weigh 1.5 tons. In term of Sustainability it is quite relevant as those materials have their own footprint. By using then less, it help to reduce the footprint.

Therefore, companies nowadays apply dematerialization as in using technologies and data processing instead of archiving in paper. So, the process of changing from paper basis activities like accountability and such to a more data saving process is dematerialization.

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A Wind Power proposal for Santiago de Chile

 Rudolf Flais Final Report: Sustainable Development ISG 2015

R. Flais final paper - wind installationFor some time now in Chile we have begun to have problems with sustainable development  and energy, especially in the area of how to have access to power supplies without damaging our environment. It is for this reason that a solution to this shortage of energy in an environmentally friendly manner is an important point in which we must be careful.

This paper aims to provide a basic analysis of a type of sustainable energy which tries to damage the least possible environment and to solve the problem of energy supply in the city of Santiago de Chile.

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Beyond Social Marketing

Nadine Richet final report: Sustainable Development  ISG 2015

Nadine Richeer final report - fostering sustainable behaviour imageThe concept of sustainability is perceived differently by different people, spread in different countries and belonging to different cultures. Yet, a large part of humanity around the world are still fighting to survive without any access to their basic needs (food, water, electricity….). Indeed, in most of the eastern countries (AFRICA, MEA, part of ASIA and LATIN AMERICA), most nations are still struggling against what we call ‘big causes’ such as war, terrorism, illness, famine and poverty. Clearly, their main objective is to protect their basic needs and rights to exist as human beings.

Discussing with them about sustainable behavior may be meaningless, irrelevant or furthermore a hurt to their emotions and feelings. It is so simple, all what they need is to keep surviving…The sustainability dimension is a sophisticated concept for them. While, in Western cultures, sustainability is an important issue even if it is not of high priorities compared to economic interests. Wealthy nations are quite engaged and conscious about this important issue. They are receptive to adopt a sustainable behavior especially if the right message is well tailored to their needs and values. They are ready to break with bad habits and replace them by sustainable one. They are ready to make the efforts to change in order to behave sustainably. However goals cannot be reached without the involvement of government, non-government institutions, nonprofit organizations and behavioral psychologists.

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Using global warming as vector of growth for The Netherlands

Max Sprenger final report: Sustainable Development  ISG 2015

Netherlands Oosterscheldekering generatorEnergy is a paramount resource to mankind and fossil fuels are more and more scarce. Not only are they scarcer, they also have a huge impact on the environment and become more expensive.

The Netherlands is in a particular threatening situation. Due to geographical reasons, the country is greatly influenced by water which it has been fighting most of its existence. In recent years the politics on water management have changed in order to be able to survive increasing water levels.

The main struggle of this century is to convert society towards renewable energies in order to save fossil fuels and better the environment in a sustainable way. An average Dutch person would need 3 Earths to satisfy its needs; we cannot afford that.

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Does Rapid Growth and Economic Well-Being Bring about Happiness in South Korea?

Jong Ho Seo final report –  Sustainable Development  ISG 2015

Korea Cheonggyecheon strream afterAfter the Japanese occupation of Korea, there was a hope for Korea’s industry. Citizens were motivated and worked hard in order to step forward for the bright future. Although life was still difficult, Koreans were happy with the fact that they got independent from Japan.

On 25th of June 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea. South Koreans had no choice but escape immediately to south and leave behind their property. The Korean war lasted 3 years, 1 month, and 2 days (25th of June, 1950 – 27 July 1953). The Korean war was a disaster. It did not only kill people but affected mentally and destroyed their hope and confidence. After the Japanese occupation of Korea, South Koreans were delighted and confident that they can develop the country independently. Everything was destroyed and Koreans left with no choice but start all over again from the scratch.

South Korea’s economy grew rapidly after the Korean War and now South Korea is one of the wealthiest nations and a member of OECD. South Korean’s market is now ranked 13th in the world by GDP and also by purchasing power parity (PPP). According to “THE WORLD BANK”, South Korea’s population is about 55.22 millions and GDP was $1.305 trillion in 2013.

To compare South Korean’s life after the war and present, they have almost everything to fulfil their life. However, why South Korea has the highest suicide rate in OECD countries? It is extremely important to find out the reasons for suicide and why Koreans are not happier than before. This research paper will focus on three main topics as follow:

  • South Korea’s rapid growth
  • Why South Koreans are not happier than before
  • What can improve or make them happier

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