The current mode of production and consumption in the context of technological development has brought devastating effects on the environment and its ecosystems. As various issues on sustainable development were raised, several discourses in literature emerge which provide conceptual and philosophical approaches on the notion of sustainable development. This paper presents a philosophical framework on technology and its links to the current views of sustainable development. It highlights that the current view of sustainability supports the development of technology as substitute capital of natural resources for generations to come. This stimulates philosophical questions regarding our view of technology and natural resource. It is maintained that fundamental change is prescribed on two significant areas: our behavior towards technology and our perspectives on sustainable development. The contribution of this work lies in providing an approach that promotes sustainable development by way of changing our perspectives on the development of technology and its use.
:Technology; sustainable development; philosophical framework
Lanndon Ocampo, Technology and its Implications toward Sustainable Development, Advances in Industrial Engineering and Management, vol. 4, no. 1, 2015, pp. 29-36, doi: 10.7508/aiem.2015.01.003
(size: 289.77 kB, pp. 29-36
, Download times:
 J. D. Sachs and J. W. McArthur, 2002. Technological advances and long-term economic growth in Asia, In: C.-E. Bai and C.-W. Yuen (ed.), Technology and the New Economy, MIT Press: Cambridge, MA, pp. 157-185.
 G. Ranis, 2011. Technology and human development, Economic Growth Center Discussion Paper, Yale University, 1-22.
 J. Cairns, 2003. A preliminary declaration of sustainability ethics: making peace with the ultimate bioexecutioner. Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, vol. 3, pp. 43-48.
 D. Gasperik, 2009. Balancing sustainable development: philosophy of technology and aesthetic evaluation, Unpublished Thesis, Bryn Mawr College, PA.
 G. A. Keoleian and D. Menerey, 1994. Sustainable development by design: review of life cycle design and related approaches, Air & Waste, vol. 44, no. 5, pp. 645-668.
 A. Azapagic and S. Perdan, 2011. Sustainable development in practice: case studies for engineering and scientists, John Wiley & Sons: West Sussex, UK.
 S. Beder, 2000. The role of technology in sustainable development, In: J.R. Herkert (ed), Social, Ethical, and Policy Implications of Engineering, IEEE Selected Readings, IEEE, pp. 230-235.
 N. A. Ashford, 1993. Understanding technological responses of industrial firms to environmental problems: implications for government policy, In: K. Fischer and J. Schot (eds.), Environmental Strategies for Industry, Island Press: Washington, D.C.
 W. van der Gaast and K. Begg, 2012. Challenges and Solutions for Climate Change, Green Energy and Technology, Springer Verlag: London.
 G. H. Brundtland, 1987. Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.
 A. Davison, 2001. Technology and the Contested Meanings of Sustainability, State University of New York Press Albany: New York, US.
 C. C. Williams and A. Millington, 2004. The diverse and contested meanings of sustainable development, The Geographical Journal, vol. 170, no. 2, pp. 99-104.
 A. M .J. Ragas, M. J. Knapen, P. J. M. van de Heuvel, R. G. F. T. M. Eijkenboom, C. L. Buise, and B. J. van de Laar, 1995. Towards a sustainability indicator for production systems, Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 3, no. 1-2, pp. 123-129.
 R. Clift, 1998. Engineering for the environment: the new model engineer and her role, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, vol. 76, no. 2, 151–160.
 R. Fowke and D. Prasad, 1996. Sustainable development, cities and local government, Australian Planner, vol. 33, no. 61-66.
 M. R. Redclift, 2007. Sustainable development (1987-2005) – an oxymoron comes of age, Sustainable Development, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 212-227.
 P. Glavic and P. Lukman, 2007. Review of sustainability terms and their definitions, Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 15, no. 18, pp. 1875-1885.
 J. Robinson, 2004. Squaring the circle? Some thoughts on the idea of sustainable development, Ecological Economics, vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 369–384.
 C. Sneddon, R. B. Howarth, and R. B. Norgaard, 2006. Sustainable development in a post-Brundtland world, Ecological Economics, vol. 57, no. 2, 253–268.
 K.-H. Robèrt, B. Schmidt-Bleek, J. Aloisi de Larderel, G. Basile, J. L. Jansen, R. Kuehr, P. Price Thomas, M. Suzuki, P. Hawken, and M. Wackernagel, 2002. Strategic sustainable development — selection, design and synergies of applied tools, Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 197-214.
 L. Kamp, 2006. Engineering education in sustainable development at Delft University of Technology, Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 14, no. 9-11, pp. 928–931.
 J. Elkington, 1997. Cannibals with forks: The triple bottom line of 21st century business, Capstone: Oxford, UK.
 C. B. Joung, J. Carrell, P. Sarkara, and S. C. Feng, 2013. Categorization of indicators for sustainable manufacturing, Ecological Indicators, vol. 24, pp. 148–157.
 S. B. Banerjee, 2003. Who sustains whose development? Sustainable Development and the reinvention of nature, Organization Studies, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 143-180.
 A. Rosen and H. Kishawy, 2012. Sustainable manufacturing and design: concepts, practices and needs, Sustainability, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 154-174.
 R. Clift, 2006. Sustainable development and its implications for chemical engineering, Chemical Engineering Science, vol. 61, no. 13, pp. 4179-4187.
 A. Ahmed and J.A. Stein, 2004. Science, technology and sustainable development: a world review, World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 5-24.
 A. Borgmann, 1984. Technology and the character of contemporary life. University of Chicago Press: Chicago, Illinois.
 S. O. Hansson, 2010. Technology and the notion of sustainability, Technology in Society, vol. 32, pp. 274-279.
 H. E. Daly, 1990. Toward some operational principles of sustainable development, Ecological Economics, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1-6.
 M. Binswanger, 2001. Technological progress and sustainable development: what about the rebound effect? Ecological Economics, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 119-132.