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Idrogeno, fonti rinnovabili ed eco-efficienza. Quale approccio alla questione energetica?

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  • Tommaso Luzzati
  • Alessandro Franco

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The paper is about the nature of the relationships among energy economy and society. Economic growth and development was fostered by an increasing use of fossil energy. Its exhaustion has always been a major worry. Furthermore, the abundance of energy has been made possible to move huge amounts of matter and has given rise to major disturbances to eco-systems and costly feedbacks on humans. We will see that the European Union is very concerned of both sides of the problem and acknowledges that the supply side (also renewable energies) will not offer relevant contributions. The analysis of the tecnological frontier in this field will illustrate the main reasons for this position and show that the hydrogen society is not just round the corner. Among those reasons there is also our difficulty of acceptg the multidimensional nature of the problems. A multidimensional non-reductionist approach allows 1) to better assess the different energy sources, 2) to avoid the illusion, also contained in the vision of the EU, of being able to reduce energy demand by increasing efficiency, 3) to view absolute dematerialisation and reduction of energy demand as a necessary condition for sustainability. Finally we tackle the issue of the importance of how we look, perceive and process our environment - importance that has been emphasised by the film director Wim Wenders and the 1978 Nobel Prize for economics Herbert Simon.

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Paper provided by Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy in its series Discussion Papers with number 2004/45.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2004
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Handle: RePEc:pie:dsedps:2004/45

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Keywords: hydrogen; fossil fuels; eco-efficiency; dematerialisation; multidimensionality; vision;

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  1. Manuela Gussoni - Andrea Mangani, 2009. "The impact of public funding for innovation on firms' R&D investments: Do R&D cooperation and appropriability matter?," Discussion Papers 2009/90, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
  2. Luca Gori, 2009. "Endogenous fertility, family policy and multiple equilibria," Discussion Papers 2009/79, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
  3. Fanti, Luciano & Gori, Luca, 2010. "On economic growth and minimum wages," MPRA Paper 25842, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Luciano Fanti & Luca Gori, 2009. "Longevity, fertility and PAYG pension systems sustainability," Discussion Papers 2009/77, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
  5. Luciano Fanti & Luca Gori, 2009. "Endogenous lifetime in an overlapping generations small open economy," Discussion Papers 2009/92, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
  6. Lorenzo Corsini & Elisabetta Olivieri, 2008. "Technological Change and the Wage Differential between Skilled and Unskilled Workers: Evidence from Italy," Discussion Papers 2008/73, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
  7. Fanti, Luciano & Gori, Luca, 2010. "Child policy solutions for the unemployment problem," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 109(3), pages 147-149, December.
  8. Luciano Fanti & Luca Gori, 2008. "PAYG pensions and economic cycles: exogenous versus endogenous fertility," Discussion Papers 2008/75, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
  9. Luciano Fanti & Luca Gori, 2009. "Endogenous fertility, endogenous lifetime and economic growth: the role of health and child policies," Discussion Papers 2009/91, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.

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