Public debate on human factors related to sustainability
Monday, May 7, 2012, 11:59 PM Posted by Administrator
On Monday May 7, 2012, Paul Havinga and Peter-Paul Verbeek had a public debate on human factors related to sustainability. Peter-Paul, professor of philosophy of technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, Enschede, argued that technology is useless if the human factors in relation to the use of technology are not considered carefully. He mentioned that real sustainability can only be achieved by trying to influence people’s behavior. Paul Havinga on the other hand argued that people’s behavior can hardly be changed, and that the main motivation of people to address sustainability is money related. Technology can play a crucial role in achieving a better sustainability. Paul gave some example of research projects that address the possibilities of using technology to increase sustainability at home (the GoGreen project), and in public buildings (the iCare project).