Title: Contributions of bioethics towards a new paradigm of energy

Authors: Carlos Díaz-Rodríguez; Abdénago Yate-Arévalo; Mónica Bustamante-Salamanca

Addresses: Environmental Management Department, Universidad Distrital Francisco José De Caldas, Porvenir, Bogotá, Colombia ' Department of Education and Humanities, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Bogotá, Colombia ' Science, Technology and Society, Universidad Nacional de Educación - UNAE, Bogotá, Azogues, Cañar, Ecuador

Abstract: Adequate access to energy services contribute to economic development, overcoming poverty, and improving quality of life. The generation and use of energy based on fossil fuels are some of the main causes of anthropogenic pollution. The objective is to develop an energy paradigm with a bioethical perspective that supports technical and economic approaches and allows the transition to a low-carbon energy regime. Etymologically, 'energy ethics' and 'ethics of energy' are addressed, from a theoretical-practical literature review on energy. The traditional energy paradigm discussed in this research is based on energy principles and values that reduce natural and human processes to energy conversions achieved through scientific control of the forces of nature. A new energy paradigm is proposed based on bioethical aspects such as the precautionary principle, justice as equity, protection and the principle of responsibility, which allows the management of the nature of problems in the energetic sector.

Keywords: energy ethics; ethics of energy; energy paradigm; bioethics.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGEI.2022.123978

International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 2022 Vol.44 No.4, pp.311 - 327

Received: 23 Sep 2020
Accepted: 05 May 2021

Published online: 05 Jul 2022 *

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