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Towards resource-efficient and service-oriented integrated infrastructure operation

Roelich, Katy; Knoeri, Christof; Steinberger, Julia K. and (2015). Towards resource-efficient and service-oriented integrated infrastructure operation. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 92 pp. 40–52.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2014.11.008
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Abstract

Infrastructure is a means to an end: it is built, maintained and expanded in order to enable the functioning of society. Present infrastructure operation is characterised by: governance based on unmanaged growing demand, which is both inefficient and ultimately unsustainable; lack of integration of the end-users, in terms of the variety of their wants, needs and behaviours; separate and parallel delivery of different infrastructure streams prohibiting joint solutions. To achieve long-term sustainability, infrastructure needs to be designed and operated to provide essential service delivery at radically decreased levels of resource use. This new approach will need to: (1) incorporate the end-user, in terms of their wants and behaviours; (2) focus on the service provided; (3) use information and communication technologies more effectively; (4) integrate the operation of different infrastructure systems; (5) be governed in a manner that recognises the complexity and interconnectedness of infrastructure systems; and (6) rethink current infrastructure valuation. Possible configurations incorporating these aspects with the explicit goal of contributing to long term sustainability could be Multi Utility Service Companies or “MUSCos”. This article presents new insights and ideas generated by considering the challenge of the transition towards a MUSCo infrastructure.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Authors
ISSN: 0040-1625
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Land of the MUSCosNot SetEPSRC
Keywords: sustainable infrastructure operation; performance economy; Energy Service Company ESCo; infrastructure integration; valuation; Multi Utility Service Company (MUSCo)
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 41476
Depositing User: Chris Martin
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2014 10:54
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2019 08:55
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/41476
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