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Australia’s Resource Use Trajectories

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  • Heinz Schandl
  • Franzi Poldy
  • Graham M Turner
  • Thomas G Measham
  • Daniel Walker
  • Nina Eisenmenger

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    (CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Australia)

Abstract

Australia’s export oriented large natural resources sectors of agriculture and mining, the ways in which large scale services such as nutrition, water, housing, transport and mobility, and energy are organized, as well as the consumption patterns of Australia’s wealthy urban households, create a unique pattern of overall resource use in Australia. In an attempt to contribute to a new environmental information system compatible with economic accounts, we represent Australia’s resource use by employing standard biophysical indicators for resource use developed within the OECD context. We are looking at the last three decades of resource use and the economic, social and environmental implications. We also discuss scenarios of future resource use patterns based on a stocks and flows model of the Australian economy. We argue that current extractive economic patterns have contributed to the recent economic boom in Australia but will eventually lead to negative social and environmental outcomes. While there is currently little evidence of political support for changing the economic focus on export-oriented agriculture and mining industries, there is significant potential for improvements in socio-technological systems, and room for more sustainable household consumption.

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Paper provided by CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems in its series Socio-Economics and the Environment in Discussion (SEED) Working Paper Series with number 2008-08.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: May 2008
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Handle: RePEc:cse:wpaper:2008-08

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Keywords: natural resources; resource use patterns and dynamics; physical accounting; resource productivity; social and environmental impacts of resource use; Australia;

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  1. Heinz Schandl & Graham M Turner, 2008. "The Dematerialization Potential of the Australian Economy," Socio-Economics and the Environment in Discussion (SEED) Working Paper Series 2008-13, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems.

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