Advertisement

Intereconomics

, Volume 51, Issue 4, pp 200–204 | Cite as

More Productive, Less Sustainable? On the Need to Consider Material Resource Flows

  • Anke Schaffartzik
  • Dominik Wiedenhofer
  • Marina Fischer-Kowalski
Forum

Abstract

In environmental policymaking, the figurative cake that is wanted both to have and eat lies in achieving dematerialisation, i.e. reducing material resource use, and simultaneously pursuing a pathway lined with economic growth. Under such a scenario, we could have it all: increasing production and international convergence at the highest levels of consumption with a reduced impact on the environment in a lifestyle which could also be enjoyed by generations to come. In the following, we make a case for considering the evidence in contemplating the feasibility of such a utopia by taking social metabolism i.e. the material and energy input of society, into account.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© ZBW and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anke Schaffartzik
    • 1
  • Dominik Wiedenhofer
    • 1
  • Marina Fischer-Kowalski
    • 1
  1. 1.Alpen-Adria UniversityInstitute of Social EcologyViennaAustria

Personalised recommendations