Increased ecoefficiency and gross rebound effect: Evidence from USA and six European countries 1960-2002
2009 (English)In: Ecological Economics, ISSN 0921-8009, E-ISSN 1873-6106, Vol. 68, no 3, 879-887 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Despite increased efficiency in the use of natural resources, the use of these resources continues to increase in most societies. This paper examines the discrepancy between the potential decrease of use of natural resources, as an effect of increased efficiency, and actual use. During the period 1960–2002, this difference was found to grow faster in the USA than the mean for six West European countries. Possible reasons for this difference between the two regions are analysed. To reduce the anthropogenic flows of energy and material, and the consequent deleterious effects on the biosphere, it will become necessary to adapt consumption to degree of efficiency in the use of natural resources. Based on the comparison between the two regions, some economic aspects of this issue are discussed.
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2009. Vol. 68, no 3, 879-887 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-23298DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2008.07.006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-23298DiVA: diva2:222719