Small-Scale System Solutions—Material Flow Management (MFM) in Settlements (Water, Energy, Food, Materials) [chapter]

Peter Heck
2020 Socio-Metabolic Perspectives on the Sustainability of Local Food Systems  
The complexities of the present energy-climate era coupled with the ambitious targets of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) demand approaches to resource management that transcend conventional strategies. Material Flow Management (MFM) can be a vital tool in sustainable resource management (SRM) in complex systems. It contributes, among other things, to the protection of land, the conversion of abandoned land and the upcycling of degraded land. Despite its relative novelty, its
more » ... novelty, its usefulness has already been demonstrated. This chapter presents the practical application of MFM in small-scale systems, which are characterised by decentralised material and energy flows. It attempts to highlight the utility of MFM in SRM. The chapter gives special attention to the augmentation of source and sink capacity, employing MFM to reduce impacts on ecosystems both upstream and downstream-i.e. on the use of resources as well as on the amount of emissions.
doi:10.1007/978-3-030-50841-8_14 fatcat:q4lh57s4q5e7fgi7t46pvlerau