The present paper discusses difficulties and possibilities in decoupling economic growth from ecological load. The EU Commission’s Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and the working papers accompanying it are used to discuss the degree of possible decoupling in the EU, and data from Statistics Denmark contributes to the estimation of the decoupling between Danish growth in GDP, CO2-emmissions, and material flow until now. Næss & Høyer’s paper The Emperor’s Green Clothes: Growth, Decoupling, and Capitalism (2009) offers a theoretical approach to the global possibilities of decoupling. We conclude that the observed decoupling in Denmark up to 2008 depends on the definitions and delimitations used in the composition of data, and that some calculations that include both emissions and GDP from international transport show no signs of a significant decoupling. Furthermore, Næss & Høyer’s criticism of decoupling as the one way to sustainability creates a foundation for our scepticism towards the EU Commission’s assumption of continued economic growth as part of a future sustainable society.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||18 jun. 2013|
- EU Commision