May 13, 2009

White Papers

This series of white papers comes from the material developed for the book “Inventing for the Sustainable Planet.” After rigorous validation and further development the ideas were deemed stable enough to be presented in this form.


This white paper discusses the challenge of replacing fossil-fueled supply chains with less energy-intense renewable solutions whilst rapidly reducing the carbon in the atmosphere. It suggests that a complimentary currency, backed by carbon fees and pledges from landowners to sequester carbon using soil and biochar, could be the answer.

Read the paper here. A complementary currency R4

pdficonCENTRES OF WELL-BEING: creating opportunities for jobs and economic development in areas of
natural beauty.

For a region about 30 X 30 kms. Developing the “brand” and services,  focusing on well-being services to promote sustainable development

Whitepapercover_UOTAsset-based financing supporting local economy development

Shows  the possibility of using asset based finance to provide capital for  consumers to invest in local, sustainable  businesses to drive sustainable development. See also the YOUTUBE video on Units of Trust.


What organizations need to know about the impact of liquid fuels on communities as oil prices hike and availability wanes. For officers in the public and private sector alike, this paper describes 16 main aspects of the coming energy situation. Organisations need to consider these 16 in order to begin to craft energy depletion management strategies. Download here.  WHITEPAPER_POWERDOWN_A

Flexible emission fees

Produced for the Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation, the paper describes a mechanism to change the economic rules for unwanted emissions. The mechanism, also called Höglunds mechanism after the inventor, calls for emission fees to be flexible, the higher the deviation from the reduction target, the higher the fee. The mechanism drives the market to respond and gradually removes the subsidy nations give to polluters. This gradual, controlled removal ensures sufficient business stability.

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