Making the planet healthy again An investigation of technology as a tool for creating value for nature
Examensarbete för masterexamen
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|Type: ||Examensarbete för masterexamen|
|Title: ||Making the planet healthy again An investigation of technology as a tool for creating value for nature|
|Authors: ||Johansson, Sanna|
|Abstract: ||The environmental problems of today are visualised by climate change and biodiversity
losses among other. Current strategies to halt the rampaging e ects of these environmental
problems involves strategies to minimise negative impacts on nature. As the problems
continue to be ampli ed, we cannot longer ignore the consequences that future generations
will face, hence, we need to take action. What is missing is a conversation about how positive
impacts on nature can be created, especially related to how this value can be created
Technology is usually described in terms of value-creation directed towards society, but
could also be described as value-creation directed towards nature. The aim of this thesis
is thus to investigate this value-creation in the natural domain, and how technologies that
create value for nature can be separated from other types of technologies. The method
consisted of extensive literature studies and thorough discussions about this novel way of
describing and classifying technology.
The literature review con rmed our initial hypothesis; there is currently no literature that
describes value-creation for nature by technology. Hence, there exists a need to develop a
theoretical framework that classi ed technologies based on the direction of value-creation.
This resulted in the development of the Triple R framework, including Regular, Restorative,
and Regenerative technologies. Regular technologies create value that is directed
towards society, restorative technologies create value that is directed towards nature, and
regenerative technologies create value that is directed towards both society and nature.
These categories can be qualitatively illustrated by existing technologies.
In conclusion, technology is not the ultimate answer to environmental problems, but an
important part of it. However, the most important contribution of this thesis is a new way
of discussing the possible positive impacts on nature created by society. It is not enough
to minimise the environmental impacts, but we must move one step further and go "from
less bad to really good" and develop more technologies that can have positive impacts on
nature in the long run.|
|Keywords: ||Biodiversity loss;Climate change;Restorative;Technology;Triple R framework;Value for nature|
|Issue Date: ||2019|
|Publisher: ||Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation|
|Series/Report no.: ||E2019:121|
|Collection:||Examensarbeten för masterexamen // Master Theses|
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