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Modeling green growth and resource efficiency: new results

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  • Bernd Meyer

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  • Mark Meyer
  • Martin Distelkamp
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    Green growth is an environmental policy strategy that aims at an absolute decoupling between economic growth and resource consumption. As far as the applied policy measures focus on direct enhancements of economy-wide resource efficiency levels, their overall achievements might however be weakened by their induced rebound effects. This paper seeks to investigate the nature and significance of such trade-off interrelationships with regards to material efficiency improvements within the German economy. To this, we present the outcomes of individual policy simulations by means of the PANTA RHEI model. Taxes, information, and regulation activities are considered as policy instruments. Our overall empirical findings cannot falsify the green growth paradigm as the observed magnitude of economy-wide rebound effects appears unable to inhibit future absolute decoupling trends. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2012

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Mineral Economics.

    Volume (Year): 24 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 145-154

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:minecn:v:24:y:2012:i:2:p:145-154

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    Keywords: Green growth; Economic-environmental modeling; Resource policy modeling; Resource efficiency; Rebound effect; Recycling; C51; C54; C63; C67; Q31; Q32; Q38;

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    1. Guerra, Ana-Isabel & Sancho, Ferran, 2010. "Rethinking economy-wide rebound measures: An unbiased proposal," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(11), pages 6684-6694, November.
    2. Meyer, Bernd & Distelkamp, Martin & Wolter, Marc Ingo, 2007. "Material efficiency and economic-environmental sustainability. Results of simulations for Germany with the model PANTA RHEI," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(1), pages 192-200, June.
    3. Binswanger, Mathias, 2001. "Technological progress and sustainable development: what about the rebound effect?," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 119-132, January.
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    1. Paul Welfens & Christian Lutz, 2012. "Green ICT dynamics: key issues and findings for Germany," Mineral Economics, Springer, vol. 24(2), pages 155-163, June.

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