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Table 1 The substantial principles of sustainability

From: Sustainability assessment of energy technologies: towards an integrative framework

Goals Securing mankind's existence Upholding society's productive potential Keeping options for development and action open
Rules Protection of human health Sustainable use of renewable resources Equal access to education, information and an occupation
  Securing the satisfaction of basic needs Sustainable use of non-renewable resources Participation in societal decision-making processes
  Autonomous self-support Sustainable use of the environment as a sink Conservation of the cultural heritage and of cultural diversity
  Just distribution of chances for using natural resources Avoidance of unacceptable technical risks Conservation of nature's cultural functions
  Compensation of extreme differences in income and wealth Sustainable development of real, human and knowledge capital Conservation of 'social resources'