The convergent structural base of sustainable development in the 21st century

Sergey Zhironkin, Michal Cehlar, Vitaly Zhironkin

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Sustainable development is a symbiosis of technological and social progress, as well as responsible environmental management, should not rely on old industries that actively consume non-renewable natural resources, but on new, convergent-Technological ones. In this paradigm, the environmental safety of future generations is formed by structural shifts in the economies of advanced countries caused by the expansion of technological convergence. Technological convergence-the result of accelerating scientific and technological progress in the 21st century-has a transformative effect on the economies of developed countries, forming a new type of sectorial genesis. It is not related to the deepening of sectorial specialization or inter-industry cooperation within the framework of the evolution of basic technologies, but to the emergence of technologies of a fundamentally new type, formed as a result of the merger of know-how from different industries. The structural shifts arising from technological convergence do not have the historical analogues and forms of regulation developed by industrial policies of developed countries. The article outlines the key statements of the the impact of convergent technologies on the structural base of sustainable development.

Original languageEnglish
Article number03013
JournalE3S Web of Conferences
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2019
Event1st Interregional Conference on Sustainable Development of Eurasian Mining Regions, SDEMR 2019 - Kemerovo, Russian Federation
Duration: 25 Nov 201927 Nov 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Energy(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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