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[Journal:] Intereconomics [ISSN:] 1613-964X [Volume:] 51 [Issue:] 4 [Publisher:] Springer [Place:] Heidelberg [Year:] 2016 [Pages:] 200-204
Springer, Heidelberg
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.
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