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Advanced Analytics For Green And Sustainable Economic Development: Supply Chain Models And Financial Technologies
by Zongwei Luo; Publisher: IGI Global, PA, USA; Year of Publication: September, 2011; Pages: 254; Format: Hardcover; DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-156-6, ISBN13: 9781613501566, ISBN10: 1613501560, EISBN13: 9781613501573; Price: US $ 185.00

Review by S. K Basu1, X. Chen2 and M. Asif3

Guyana Journal, March 2012

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT has been a global demand in recent times and GREEN ECONOMY has been a call of the time. It is not only important to have growth and development now, but also it is important that they are sustainable within the carrying capacity of a particular economic and geographic region, and at the same time environment friendly with respect to long term prospect and development. Hence, modern growth and development have to take into account more complex issues than just economic growth and prosperity. At this juncture, the publication of “Advanced Analytics For Green And Sustainable Economic Development: Supply Chain Models And Financial Technologies” edited by Prof. Z. Luo from Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China is an extremely valuable contribution in the field of green and sustainable economy.

This current volume is a collection of a number of valuable articles highlighting different aspects of green economy and sustainable development. The volume is divided into 12 distinct chapters with contributors spread across several countries from three different continents. The major focus of the volume has been on areas related to system design for bike transportation, transition management, carbon markets and investments, economy of low carbon applications, sustainable banking policies, closed loop supply chain systems, data center technology action map, clean/green technology applications – opportunities and challenges, global economic zone alternatives and investment strategies and economic applications for renewable/sustainable energy systems.

The simple style of presentation, excellent examples, case studies, figures, charts, summary tables and a simple language style are assets of this volume. The design of individual chapters and the information provided will cater to the target readers in the most comprehensive fashion. The editor deserves special credits for the hard work he has put in to bring the diverse array of concepts, management ideas and strategies he has put together within a single volume. It has been a pleasure digging through the pages because of the excellent presentation format, simple language and lucid explanations of complex topics for general readers. It would have been nice to see some contributors from Australia, Africa and South America too to identify the sustainable strategies and green economy applications happening in major global economies such as Australia-New Zealand, South Africa and Brazil too. However, we expect to see those in future editions.

This will be extremely valuable to general readers interested in topics related to sustainable economics and management and will also cater to students and researchers in both macro- and micro- economics, sustainable development, sustainable management, environmental management, green technology management, general economics, introductory economics and management studies and in areas of carbon credit economy, renewable energy economics and ecological economics.

1 School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Center for Applied Arts and Sciences, Lethbridge College, 3000 College Drive South, Lethbridge, AB Canada T1K 1L6; Email
2 Northeast Agricultural University, Harbin, Heilongjiang, P.R. China, 150030
3 AFNS, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2P5