The author suggests that one of the most distressing aspects of society's use of our resources is the enormous waste often resulting from a lack of control, inefficient operation and management, or pure indifference to their value; and that this can be seen in the use of minerals, energy, dereliction of land, and the use of water and construction materials. The municipal engineer is considered to be uniquely placed to play a major role in combating resource problems through his position in public service, responsible for many of the technical and managerial aspects of energy and resource conservation. The municipal engineer's involvement in energy and resource conservation is discussed in relation to known sources of energy, and the utilisation of such energy in buildings, industry and transport. Information is presented on methods that can be applied to improve efficiency and reduce wastage and consumption. Examples are given of projects that have shown worthwhile savings in energy consumption both in the fields of buildings and transport; such as the utilisation of heat generated by the continuous operation of computers, priority lanes for carpools and buses, the recycling of water and waste. It is considered that the control of development and land use planning is of particular importance, and that the municipal engineer should be in a position to deal with such problems within a programme of planned energy and resource conservation. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Municipal Engineers

    25 Eccleston Square
    London SW1 V1NX,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Ratcliffe, B G
  • Publication Date: 1977-6


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00173314
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1981 12:00AM